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The Calling (Darkness Rising Series #2)

The Calling (Darkness Rising Series #2)

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by Kelley Armstrong

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Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there


Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The Calling picks up where The Gathering (HarperCollins, 2011) leaves off. Maya Delaney and her friends are rescued by helicopter while escaping from a suspicious forest fire. In flight, they realize that they are being kidnapped and take action. When the helicopter crashes, they narrowly escape and find themselves alone in the Vancouver wilderness being pursued by their kidnappers. The teens piece together what little information they have and now realize that they all possess supernatural powers. Not knowing whom to trust, they try to find answers by going home. But instead of safety and answers, they are faced with possible betrayal. This engaging read is plot-driven and action-packed, but the many unexpected twists and turns sometimes leave readers with more questions than answers. Armstrong also drops small hints that relate this series to her "Darkest Powers" series (HarperCollins), which is intriguing. Fans of the supernatural will look forward to seeing how the next installment ties all of these loose ends together.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
VOYA - Beth Karpas
This second volume in a fantastic teen trilogy from established paranormal fiction writer Armstrong begins with Maya and her friends stuck on a pilotless helicopter about to crash in the isolated mountains of Vancouver Island. Most survive the crash (including Maya's dog), but their trek through the hills is reminiscent of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, with the added complication of armed enemies running the search parties. The first book in this trilogy ended with Maya and her friends kidnapped, on the pilotless helicopter. This one will not end the story, but at least no one is in immediate mortal danger as the book comes to a close, and the trek through the woods without any supplies is over. Armstrong's strength has always been character development combined with paranormal world building, whether it is Maya and the mountain lion shape-shifters of this novel or the werewolves, witches, and demons of her Otherworld series. This volume is tied tangentially to the Otherworld and her previous YA trilogy, Darkest Powers. The cabals (paranormal mafias disguised as large corporations) are still the ultimate baddies. Their presence will pull her fans further into this newest novel, but new readers—and nonparanormal fans—will simply enjoy the survival tale of a group of teens running for their lives in the remote Canadian mountains. This is a highly entertaining novel that this reviewer stayed up into the wee hours to finish—many other readers will likely do the same. Reviewer: Beth Karpas

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Darkness Rising Series , #2
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Age Range:
13 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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The Calling 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
loved the story line, so naturally had to get the this book. It did not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book The Gathering and was very pleased. I can't wait for this next book to come out! Kelley Armstrong is an amazing writer. I've read almost all of her books.
addicted2readingSS More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! It was fun and compelling! But to be honest, it had been so long since I read the first book that I was a little lost at first. I suggest anyone reading this book refresh themselves w/ the first book first. Btw I liked the little nod to the Darkest Powers series at the end of the book! Foreshadowing maybe? I hope Maya gets to meet her twin brother!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't expect anything over the top and you'll love it. This story is very fast pace and might be confusing at times but it is a awsome read. If you are a kelly armstrong fan than you'll love this book. WARNING: this is a teen book so don't read it just for the romance :-) If you like this trilogy try reading kelly armstrong's Darkest Power trilogy HINT: it might help you understand some key parts in this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting to even see tha a sequel is comingout and now that it is it needs to come out NOW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so awesome!!!!!! I cant wait till the next one to come out and i cant wait till they meet chloe and the gang:D
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes off running right where The Gathering left off. After narrowly escaping not only being captured but a wildfire, the kids are finally safe and on a helicopter to meet up with their family members. Only, the helicopter isn't taking them to safety and soon they find themselves on the run. It's been almost a year since I read The Gathering and I will admit that I forgot about the story of the book and who the characters were. So with not having a recap in the beginning of this one, I was lost for the majority of the story. I remembered bits and pieces about Rafe and Annie being skin walkers but that was about it. So it took a while to get my bearings and even at the end I still didn't remember who everyone was. Clearly, I need to reread the first one again. However, with reading The Darkest Powers trilogy, this book reads about the same. They are a group of genetically altered super humans. Each has their own unique ability like warlock, necromancer, shape shifter. There are also bad guys chasing them, questions on who can and can't be trusted and they find out that their parents are either not their real parents or are in on the whole thing. So I got the jist of the story. What I'm really looking forward to is this team meeting up with the Darkest Powers team and it looks like that is where they are headed to next!
WickedWitchofNY More than 1 year ago
One thousand times better than The Gathering! If you liked the Gathering you will LOVE this. It's much faster paced and keeps you reading.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved the premise but, and i hate to say it, not so much the execution.
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It was hard to put down. I wanted to know what happens next every turn of he page.
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lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Great Book Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Vancouver Island Maya is on the run with her friends after they survive first a forest fire that was deliberately set and a rescue team that is not only fake but seems to have some dark intentions where they are concerned. When their helicopter crashes in the wilderness of Vancouver Island they realize that they have a ways to go before they are safe again. Maya has a secret that just might help as she can fun faster and climb higher and see better than just about anyone else. It seems to have something to do with her mysterious paw-print birthmark and is also just part of who she really is. As Maya and her friends deal with dangers that they couldn’t have foreseen she realizes that she isn’t the only one in her group that has special abilities. They are all going to need their extraordinary abilities if they are going to have any chance at survival. This is the second book in the trilogy that picks up right after the first one left off. It is proving to be fast paced and action packed. It also has a mystery woven through the books so far that makes it interesting as the characters work to figure out just what is going on and who knows what. It is one series that is worth taking the time out to just sit and read all of the books. The story pulls the reader in emotionally and will have them turning the pages just to see how things turn out. With each tidbit that is revealed it pulls the reader in more and more and will have readers wondering just where this one will end up.
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Loved this series! Couldn't put it down!
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These are great books... that each are a half hour read and end in the middle, just to pick up in the next book. Yeah this is one of those series. I recommend reading, but warn you, this author wouldn't know commitment if it bit her in the ***. Dont fall in love with any characters and dont expect a good ending. THEN its a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the book but it almost the same way in the darkest powers serise but i still love it keep on writting =)
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Even though this book is geared toward young adults, I as an older adult found this book very enjoyable. As always Mrs. Armstrong has written a strong female character with a fast paced story line. Overall a very good read. I enjoyed the entire series.
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