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The Calling

(Darkness Rising #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  29,089 Ratings  ·  1,822 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 326 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Harper (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, urban-fantasy, ya
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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
Emily May
Mar 27, 2012 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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
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
Apr 17, 2011 marked it as to-read
I really hope Derek, Chloe, and the others from the Darkest Powers are in this book.
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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.

(view spoiler)
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 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
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
May 14, 2011 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!!!!!!!
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

4 stars

So I was originally going to power read through The Calling but I had a test I needed to study for (I passed... Not a high grade but I passed), so it took me a while to read. But I finally finished it around 12 in the morning.

The Calling picks up where The Gathering left off. It was an intense moment at the beginning and soon became more intense when the characters find themselves in the wilderness with no means of survival except finding civilization. As they do that, more secrets are re
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'
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It better be Jan 1st 2012!!
Jul 04, 2011 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.

Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
“Remembering. Forgetting. I'm not sure which is worse.”

This book basically felt like a filler. An enjoyable filler, but filler nonetheless.. Also, while I really liked Raffe in the first book and felt like he and Maya had the most chemistry. Now, I actually want her more with Daniel. While Raffe is charming, I like Daniel's selflessness and personality a lot. For some reason, he reminds me of a more mature version od Derek from The Darkest Powers. Though I doubt I could ship Maya and Daniel qui
Feb 02, 2012 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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This sequel was so good. I actaully really like the love triangle that developed in this book and I honestly don't mind who she ends up with because they're both really good guys although I have a sense On who she's gonna pick.
“I'm just saying it's not time for that either. We need to focus and having Maya moon over Rafe is making everyone uncomfortable."
Rafe grinned. "Doesn't bother me.”

Even with Rafe missing for most of the book, his "blazing grin" is still present, making me wish he'd set himself on fire (and yes, I recycle my own jokes sometimes).

In my review for the first book in this series, I accused it for being an overly long, but a good, introduction to a book - not a series. Meaning it didn't set up a sol
Jan 12, 2012 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
Apr 22, 2014 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
Plot Monster
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong has 326 pages and was published in 2012 by Harper.

In the Calling, Maya and co are kidnapped in a helicopter that ultimately crashes.  After, surviving the crash, they spend the majority of the book running from the bad guys.  

While I enjoyed the first book in this series, this one was a little bit of a let down.  It started out good.  It held promise.  Unfortunately, this book simply did not live up to the hype.  The story of the stranded kids in the wilderness ju
Mona Lisa (ForestGreenReader)
I really love the characters, and how they're all tight knit. But Maya's constant revelations about how she had maybe been wrong about the people she had grew up with, and maybe she wasn't such a good judge of character were annoying. Some parts were way too predictable and convenient. I also hated how it seemed the characters were intentionally acting stupid just to have some sort of conflict.

I love that the story is a little bit different from other books that I've read about shifters. It seem
♥ 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
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
This sequel trilogy to Darkest Powers is mild in comparison. There's no lethal danger. (view spoiler) Sure, some are injured and there are some close calls but considering the stakes I'd expect there to be more casualties.

I like the character development in this one. None of them are perfect, even Maya and Daniel. Sam is my favourite with no filter on her mouth, willing to say what she really thinks of you to your face and doesn't apologise f
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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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