The Calling (Darkness Rising Series #2)

The Calling (Darkness Rising Series #2)

by Kelley Armstrong


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A powerful secret. A desperate race for survival.

Maya and her friends are on the run. Having escaped a deliberately set forest fire and a fake rescue team with dark intentions, they were just beginning to feel safe again. Then their helicopter crashes near the Vancouver Island wilderness, and Maya and her friends realize they're about as far from safe as they can get.

But Maya has a secret. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. It's part of who she really is—and it has something to do with her mysterious paw-print birthmark. Yet as Maya and her friends face unforeseen dangers, it becomes clear she's not the only one in their close-knit group who has something to hide. And if they're going to survive, they'll need all their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061797057
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Series: Darkness Rising Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 306,372
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.12(d)
Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy as well as the Otherworld and Nadia Stafford series. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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The Calling 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 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.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this series! Now that the foundation has been laid (The Gathering) I loved that this book gave much more details and insight on the characters!What I liked most about this book is the plot line. Filled with lots of action and on the run scenes, this book took me for a great ride. I really love how in depth this book got. So many questions I was wondering about in the first book were answered in this one. Also, many other questions were raised.The characters in this book go through lots of changes.I adored how each of them figure out the connections with one another and how they helped each other out. Another thing I am so excited for this book is when all the characters finally meet. Ms. Armstrong did a fantastic job in the plotting of the characters meet up. As a fan of the series, I am totally satisfied with the way the series is headed.The Calling is amazing book that show great strength in it's progress. I couldn't be happier that this series is written so amazingly good. A stunning fusion of action, adventure, and jaw dropping secrets, The Calling is an jem!
tarapata on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I prefer Armstrong's Otherworld books, I'd say this is the best from her YA thus far. Almost like a toned down PG version of Elena. Maya and her group of runaway friends are fleeing from a dangerous forest fire erupting in their cozy town - but soon find out they have more to worry about than a destroyed home. The group learns (a bit more) about their own powers, and start to uncover the disturbing facts about their enemies, and question what they thought they knew about their own lives. There aren't really any dull moments or lulls in the story, and the character development is good. I wish there was a bit more information released to the reader...seems like the story is going on little scraps of what's really going on, but I expect it will come together with the next installment of the series: looking forward to it...
MarlaSTNC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What else can I say about Kelley Armstrong's books that I haven't already said? So far, I have enjoyed every single one of her YA novels and have been compelled to pick up her adult novels as a result. The Calling has continued what The Gathering started with its absorbing writing and riveting plot. As The Calling literally picks up right where The Gathering left off, it almost feels as though I'm writing a second review of the latter. Since I read them back-to-back, I was treated to a seamless storyline that just kept getting better and better.We really get to see Maya in her element in The Calling. As she and her friends wander through the wilderness, it is Maya who takes on a strong leadership role. Her talents with all things nature are brought to the forefront and Maya really stands out as a result. While the others struggle with their situation, Maya keeps her head together, showing just how strong and resourceful she is. I could easily have continued following her story had the third book been available right then and there.The plot became even more intriguing in The Calling, which I didn't think was possible. There are even more revelations about the goings on in Maya's town, as well as its citizens, each more intriguing than the one before. The element of danger is quite tangible and the urgency of escape is understandable. The revelation of certain characters' true personalities and intent was so very shocking and I loved the layers it added to the story. Overall, I was absolutely thrilled by the storyline and can't wait for the culmination of the series, just so I can know what happens to all of the characters I have become so interested in.I can't express enough how much I have enjoyed the Darkness Rising series so far. I enjoyed The Gathering immensely, but The Calling was even better with its increase in action, plot revelations, and character development. The setting is near flawless and makes for an even more riveting story. If you want a series with strong characters, paranormal elements, and non-stop action, you definitely need to pick this one up. The Calling, as a middle novel, won't let you down in the least.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: After a forest fire forced an evacuation of their town, Maya - a skinwalker - and the other kids of Salmon Creek think they might have earned a break. But the helicopter that's taking them to the mainland was not sent by a legitimate rescue operation, and in attempting to take down the pilot, the helicopter winds up crashing into the ocean. The survivors manage to make it back to shore, but now they're stranded in the forest, far from home, and being hunted by operatives from two competing corporations that want to exploit their supernatural powers. How can they escape when their every move is being controlled, and they don't know who they can trust... including each other?Review: The Calling, like its predecessor The Gathering, is a great summer popcorn book. What I mean by that is that it's entertaining, exciting, plenty of action, not an overly complicated plot, and the kind of book that you just sit back and enjoy without thinking too deeply about. This book could be adapted into the script of an action movie without much effort, is what I'm saying. None of this is meant to be at all derogatory - everyone needs a break from more serious fare now and again, to just be swept up in something entertaining and fun, whether you're reading such books on the beach or just on your back porch. Also, The Calling has the benefit of being well-written, and having characters that act and interact like real teenagers, without relying too much on high school cliche.However, while I've got no conceptual problems with the summer popcorn style of book, The Calling does at times feel like it's just one extended chase scene, and the cycle of get caught/get rescued/run away does get a little tiring after a while. I think this is one case where listening to the audiobook actually hurt my enjoyment of the book. Jennifer Ikeda did a fine job narrating in every respect, but I was stuck reading at the pace she spoke, whereas if I'd had the physical book in front of me, I could have flown through it at the speed it deserves, and the the action would have seemed breathless rather than repetitive. 3.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: The Calling starts only minutes after the end of The Gathering, and while it does recap the events of the previous book, it's still not particularly stand-alone. I'd recommend the series to fans of YA paranormal books that are tired of vampires and werewolves, and looking for something fun and engaging.
jazzcat15 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I LOVED IT. The setting being so close to home was something new and exciting that I want more of!If any of you don't already know, I live in a city about an hour out of Vancouver, BC. It's a rarity that my family travels over to Vancouver Island, but we do occasionally. Reading this book was so great. If you are from BC, especially the Lower Mainland to the island region, I can assure you that you will definitely appreciate some of the humor directed to our suckish weather, (a.k.a our TERRIBLE winters). Those of you who live in tiny, tiny towns will probably appreciate this book as well. This was actually one of my favorite parts about the book, because I could relate to a bit of how Maya was feeling about her environment. The setting was realistic and enjoyable. I could almost see the forest Maya loved so much and smell the many trees she so enjoyed.There is the feeling of absolute isolation and at times I had to 'wake up' and remember that I don't live in Maya's town.Now onto the story. This is the first book I have read of Armstrong's. I tried reading her Darkest Powers series but couldn't get into it that easily. That being said, I was hardly hesitant about reading this book. The plot sounds interesting enough and once again, the setting intrigued me. Reading the blurb, the story sounds like your generic teen paranormal with the epic bad boy and the mysterious powers. But while those two aspects are true, this book is not 'generic'. I was expecting something a lot different than what we got. For example, the cougars were a nice change in animals. I think everyone's so used to reading about wolves that even the smallest thing, like having a feline instead of canine can make the book just that much more unique.I really liked Maya. She was funny and strong, while still vulnerable. She falls hard for Rafe, even though she doesn't think it's that great of an idea... Rafe is definitely a great love-interest. I'm curious to know more about him as we don't find out a lot in this book. I also really enjoyed the importance of Maya's heritage. It's an interesting twist to put into a supernatural type of book. Here's a girl with two incredible adoptive parents. She seems to act pretty uninterested in her background, but on the inside she's craving to know more. Then there's Daniel. I'm definitely hoping that the author won't make a love-triangle with him and Rafe and Maya. There were little hints to that, but nothing seriously worrying. Though, I cracked up at the suggestion of Maya's father buying Daniel a new truck just so that he'll marry her.This was a truly incredible book. I've got The Calling on my shelf, ready to go as soon as soon a I post this, because the cliffhanger was almost unbearable. Well, no. The chapter sampler in the back of my paperback version is what made the wait a bit excruciatingly painful. I usually don't read those, but something made me keep reading. Oh well!
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Great characters and plot loved the setting and all the wildlife in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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