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The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
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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 plot from the first book in the series, The Gathering, it also succeeded in being a fast-paced adventure that brought out secrets hidden deep within each and every character. With an intelligent group of characters and a great, intriguing storyline, The Calling is sure to be a hit with fans of the series.

Although the book could have easily fallen into the trap of Middle Book Syndrome, it was just as captivating and enthralling as the first book in the series, possibly even more so. The antics and bars are raised, and suspense is a killer. Small-town kid Maya and her friends are kidnapped and escape, only to find out none of them are what they seem – and by that I mean human. Separated from their families and deserted in the wild of Vancouver’s forest, these kids are on the run from scientists that want more from them than DNA-samples, and it’s scary. In The Calling, friendships are built and destroyed, purposes are undone and discovered, and tendrils of romance blossom between unlikely characters. And if there’s one thing for sure: not everyone is going to get out alive.

I’ve credited Armstrong for her great casts of characters before, but I need to do so again. Maya, the leading lady, could not have been a greater protagonist; quick as a whip, book smart and smart-mouthed, the girl is so much fun to follow. Many times while reading, I stared at the book wondering if I could be as collected as Maya while going through as much as she did. I’m glad we got to see more of Daniel and that Rafe wasn’t so there all the time, too, because the former has certainly earned his role in the series; the boy consistently kept this book together whenever Maya would go and push it off its hinges. As for the rest of the cast – which I’d call “supporting” if they weren’t just so much more than that - I couldn’t get enough of any character! The group dynamics were clearly thought out well, and every teen had a presence and reason.

Finally I see where Armstrong has joined her previous trilogy with this one, how they both flow into one. The key plot points that were never quite smoothed over at the end of The Reckoning are starting to click into place, and though they’re never solved and simply added to, a resolution is slowly forming. While sometimes I felt and thought that That Calling was leaving a lot to be solved in the final book, this story was definitely necessary for the characters and plot to get where they need to be for the big finale.

My only disappointment lies in the WHOLE YEAR WAIT I need to endure before I can get my cougar paws on The Rising! Besides that, anything by Kelley Armstrong – but specifically The Calling - is wholeheartedly recommended!
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Reading Progress

02/25/2012 page 161
49.0% "Kelley Armstrong, don't you ever change."
02/25/2012 page 226
69.0% "It's been a while since I've told myself to stop reading so quickly. In other words: this book rocks." 3 comments
06/28/2016 marked as: read

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Emily May Thanks for the reminder that I need to get round to reading this series asap!

Alyssa Emily wrote: "Thanks for the reminder that I need to get round to reading this series asap!"

Always happy to help, Emily, but even happier to help when encouraging you to read Kelley Armstrong! She never gets old :D

Suzan Very jealous! Can't wait to read this when it gets released!

Alyssa Suzan wrote: "Very jealous! Can't wait to read this when it gets released!"

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Suzan! :)

Giselle This one is FINALLY on its way to me from RHC. So excited!

Alyssa Giselle wrote: "This one is FINALLY on its way to me from RHC. So excited!"

I hope you love it too, Giselle!! It's a great addition to the series.

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I loved the series. I just read it & I read it in 3 days. Couldn't put the books down

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