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The Calling (Darkness Rising #2)

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Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truy 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 i ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 326 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Harper (first published January 1st 2012)
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Maya's going to meet Chloe in the 3rd book! I love the Chloe books, I like Maya too but she doesnt have Derek :) I can't wait for the 3rd to come out or the second :)
Apr 02, 2012 Tatiana rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, 2012
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How do I put it gently? It is time for Kelley Armstrong to stop writing the same story. This cow, unfortunately, is almost dry.

I know, it sounds mean, but even though I mostly enjoyed the process of reading The Calling OK, this book is pretty much the same thing as The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning, The Gathering, plus a couple of short stories relating to this whole Darkest Powers series. ALL of these stories have exactly the same plot. I do not even need to
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Team Daniel all the way!
Emily May
May 11, 2012 Emily May rated it it was ok

Reading The Calling so soon after finishing The Gathering is both a good and a bad thing. Good, because this book takes off exactly where we left the story in the last installment and there's absolutely no recapping for those who've forgotten what happened. Bad, because it only highlights the fact that Ms Armstrong does not have enough story for three books and this one was a complete waste of time and paper.

I really don't understand why every single publisher/author thinks that a trilogy is th
Apr 11, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, paranormal
Kelley has been one of my first well-loved and favorite authors since I discovered her Women of the Otherworld series. Since then, her Darkest Powers Trilogy has also been added to my favorites, and even though I don't love this trilogy quite as much, it's still filled with the Kelley awesomeness that I live for! The Calling, the second installment in the Darkness Rising trilogy, continues immediately where we left off; it starts at a full speed that does not ease up until the end, where we're l ...more

Second disappointing installment in series

After narrowly escaping a suspicious forest fire that threatened to destroy their island home, Maya, Daniel, and their friends find themselves in even more danger as their rescue helicopter crashes and they’re left to survive and outwit their pursuers in a remote wilderness. As their potential captors get closer, Maya must struggle to decide whom to trust and what to believe about herself and her friends. Strange rumblings start to surface as others in t

1. Force everyone I know to buy a copy of The Calling
2. Actually get down on my knees and beg for one
3. Burn my copy of [insert-bad-angel-book-here], or donate it, if that’d make my case look better
4. Go a week without my headache meds
5. Jump through a ring of fire

Okay, maybe not those last two – both seem pretty painful – but I’d definitely sacrifice quite a bit to get myself the next book.

The Calling was a very strong book. While furthering the
Jul 31, 2011 Michelle marked it as to-read
I really hope Derek, Chloe, and the others from the Darkest Powers are in this book.
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

That was awful. Painful. Drawn out. Meandering. Pointless. A cash-in.

Okay, so there's probably worse out there (IS worse), but in terms of my disappointment and absolute abuse of my favorite plot (the survival story), this is the bottom of the barrel.

Full Review to come after the weeping and sprinkling of ashes.

Full Review:

Maya and company run around like chickens with their heads cut off in the woods. One by one, the kids get kidnapped. Plot points are dropped like anvils from Wil
The first book was amazing, and this was a good follow up- not as good but good. I've always hoped she'd give Daniel a chance, I love him he's such a great guy, wish i had a friend like him! I dont know what to make of Rafe, but I couldn't care i'm for daniel all the way hands down unless he turns out to be a real jerk which i doubt. Feel so sorry for him because he has a crap abusive dad! How can she not love him? Cant wait to see what happens.
I gave this one 4 stars because shes still not giv
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 03, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
Holy hackjob. The first was bad enough with Armstrong stepping in to walk all over Maya talking to anybody about her heritage. This one has that, too, but it's so much worse. The author's hand lies heavy on this starting from the word go until I just couldn't stand it any longer. Sam accidentally hits a button that opens the helicopter door and it jostles just enough for Rafe (and only Rafe), who just happens to be unbuckled (not the only one unbuckled, just the only one to fall out of the helic ...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
I'll let my dear Sheldon to show you my reaction after reading this book


As some of you know I really love Kelley's books but not this one. I just got the feeling like this book is written only because it had to be done. I won't even start talking about know much I'm disappointed.

I'll write my reasons now and DON'T read it if you're planing to read the book. You've been warned.

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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

The book picks up right after The Gathering ended and boy did that book end well! Teens Maya, Daniel, Cory, Hayley, Nicole and Sam are all on the rescue helicopter with the pilot, mayor, and Rafe (who is unconscious). The plane goes down and Rafe is thrown out of the copter, as the rest of the teens survive the crash they head into the forest and decide to get back to the main land. Maya and Daniel lead the teens back to civili
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review

Cover: Okay
Rating PG
Thumbs Up 4.5
Overall: Hearth Thumping.
Characters: Well crafted.
Plot: Action packed like running for your life.
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? Yes.
Recommend Yes.
Book Boyfriend: DANIEL

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

Where we left off in the previous book, I was anxious to get started on the next installment. This book had a lot more action from the beginning. Again the storyline was slightly predictable, but it didn’t stifle my enjoyment of the story. It however was
I really liked The Gathering, the first book in this series, but even for a middle book, The Calling is disappointing. It's not that this series is eerily similar to Armstrong's first YA trilogy, the Darkest Powers books, because that didn't bother me with The Gathering -- I thought it was a successful refresh of a similar group of characters in a similar plot, with better characterizations and a better setting than the original. And I already expected the second book to be the weakest, because ...more
Sharon Hsu
Sep 15, 2012 Sharon Hsu rated it it was amazing
Oh my gooodnesssss :D

The cover IS HERE!!!! I love the title, it really does suit the entire series really well (in my opinion of course)

I can't wait for this and 2012 is a still a long way to go! WRITE FASTER KELLEY!!!!!!

One last thing: TEAMMMM DANIEL!!!!!!!
I have a feeling that some people are going to hate Kelley Armstrong's The Calling. It's almost impossible that she didn't think this was going to piss a few people off. This is a book you can't take at face value. Because at face value, this is a slow progressing plot, the romance is largely missing (though not entirely, it's just not with the same guy - shock horror), and as we get more answers about Maya, her friends and the bad guys, we also get more questions.

This is an adventure book. It'
Feb 12, 2013 Natyra rated it it was amazing
It better be Jan 1st 2012!!
May 15, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the second installment, didn't go very far with the plot but it does mean were going to better get a kick ass third book, the ending was just screaming that were going to get the old gang back.

Jan 24, 2013 Francesca rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
I have a 73 page rule where if I can't get into the book after about 73 pages I stop reading it. While I hate the idea that I spent money on a book I'm not going to finish, there are too many good books out there to waste time reading ones that I don't really like or can't get into. That happened with this book. I got about 100 pages in and became bored. I put it down a few weeks ago and am not sure if I'm going to go back to it. It's disappointing because I really like Kelley Armstrong - she's ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it
Well, first of all, I can no longer call Maya The Girl With The Blue Face.


Seriously. This girl looks nothing like the other girl did! And what am I supposed to call this female?! The Girl With The (what color is that?!)....Purple? Face? Light Grey? The Girl With The Light Grey Face. Meh. Also, what's up with the earrings? It's like the Darkest Powers series. Darkness Rising also has the Changing Jewelry Syndrome. -.-)))

I have a prediction to make!

At the end of the book, when that (view sp
Sep 14, 2015 Nathalie* rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it's already over :( this book how do I describe
Keeps u on ur toes
A whole whack of secrets
Awesome oh wait I already said it but it sooo is awesome ;) so it counts
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Ooooooh! That cover! Love the purple!

arp 10
Wendy Darling
Survivalist story + shifter. I should have loved this, because I really like the author's Darkest Rising series. But while the first book in this spinoff series felt like a loooong road to get to the main point of Maya's story, this installment is so jam-packed with action, there's barely any breathing room in it.

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♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!

i have to admit at first it was a bit weird for me that these teen's were freaking out so badly over death but then i realized that that was actually the normal reaction and what im use to reading is POV's from BadAss UF heroines who stare death in the face everyday without a problem, but once i realized that i appreciated the teen's reaction more cause it was natural, prob the way i'd react even. plus a nice change from my usual books l8ly - not that i love
Jan 03, 2012 Alela rated it it was amazing
I believe the best way to read this kind of trilogy is when you have all three books (I did so with The Darkest Powers trilogy - it worked really well that way), but since I'm no saint and don't have a patience of one, I'm reading them as they come.
The Gathering was a little action-slow, introducing new world, new characters and another puzzle piece from top secret supernaturals experiments. Even if it was slow, it was also very interesting, new characters were strong and distinguished, present
Feb 23, 2012 Catie rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of The Calling by Kelley Armstrong and all I can say is the book is absolutely fantastic.

I am a big fan of Kelley Armstrong and I love to read anything that she has written. The Calling is the second book in her new series which is great. The calling is a perfect sequel to The Gathering.

In The Calling we get to see a closer look into the lives and abilities of all of the characters. This sequel was more about self discovery and being able to come to tu
Apr 25, 2012 Watson rated it really liked it
Alright. So first things first. As in all love triangles, sides must be drawn. Shall it be the sweet, caring, attractive best friend who has been there through tick and thin? Or, rather, the sexy bad boy who is actually willing to sacrifice everything for those he loves?

The basis. So as you, dear readers, are already well aware, both guys have their plusses. My issue with going "Team Daniel" is that he and Maya are sooooo close, it would ruin their friendship! And with "Team Rafe"...I don't kno
Dec 05, 2012 Nozomi rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Who else hates the cover?


Despite the unbelievability (supernatural or not, they are still teenagers), I liked this more than the previous book, because 1. action was happening, and 2. Armstrong no longer had to explain character back stories, so there was none of that "____'s parents are ____, ____ is ____'s ____, etc." Though I am glad that Armstrong shared more of Sam's backstory, I was still annoyed at how she had to be a cunt in nearly every scene.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Jun 12, 2012 Jillian -always aspiring- marked it as maybe-reads
Heh, I love the title because it reminds me of the band of the same name. XD
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Darkness Rising (3 books)
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