Author: Kelley Armstrong
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.
All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.
But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.
My Summary: When Maya and her friends made it out of the wreckage of their helicopter's crash, they had no idea where to go or what do to. On the run from the corporation that gave them the perfect lives, they've got nothing but the clothes on their backs, the money in their pockets, and the knowledge that something is very, very wrong with them.
My Thoughts: You know that feeling you get when you finish a book that you absolutely adored and you just can't get it out of your head? You're just in this big bubble of emotion because you're happy about the way the book turned, out but you're incredibly sad because it's over.... This, my friends, is what I call a book hangover. And The Rising gave me the monster of all book hangovers.
I remember the day I picked up The Summoning. It was just after I'd read the last Twilight book and was looking for another series to get my mind off it - kind of like a rebound book. But after reading a few dozen pages, I knew that this wasn't going to be some trifle fling. I was in love with Kelley Armstrong's writing, and I knew it.
After flying through the first book, I dragged my parents to the store so I could get my hands on The Awakening, which I finished within six hours. I was hooked, but the next book wasn't slated to release for another year or so. In that year I managed to dog-ear my copies of both books, reaching for Kelley's other series when I was finished. I loved everything about the series and the world that Kelley had built.
I had a mad dash to the bookstore the day The Reckoning was released, flying through the doors four minutes before they were set to close. The cashier saw the book in my hands and laughed, telling me I was one of the dozen people she'd seen that day with the same harried look as they sprinted for the Kelley Armstrong display. I went home that night and read it cover to cover, then flipped it over and started again. Such was my love for this series.
When I found out about the Darkness Rising trilogy, I was a little worried. Would I like the characters as much as I did Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori? Would I be able to enjoy the books, knowing that my favourite characters wouldn't be making a return until the third? The answer was yes (not surprisingly). Kelley's writing pulled me in just like it had the first time around, expanding the world that I'd already envisioned in my head. Maya and Daniel and Rafe were great characters in their own respect, each with their own defined personalities. No character recycling here - I promise.
This book was everything I expected it to be and more. With the return of my favourite characters came the return of some of their most pressing problems. I'm not ashamed to admit I let out a little fangirl scream when Chloe and Derek made their appearance. Getting to see them from another character's point of view was something I've been anticipating for a long time.
I loved getting to see the Cabal politics going on (and Sean!), and the way the characters never stopped growing. The relationship dynamics were incredibly realistic, and... I'm just really happy with the way things turned out, okay? *sniffles* It wasn't a perfect ending in the fairy-tale sense, but it was the perfect ending for them.
Final Thoughts: Do I even need to say it? After that novel of a review? Really? Fine. IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, CHECK OUT KELLEY ARMSTRONG'S DARKEST POWERS AND DARKNESS RISING SERIES!