Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling by Kelley ArmstrongThe Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Series: Darkness Rising  #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Series: Darkness Rising  #2
IBSN: 9780061797057

Maya and her friends–all of whom have supernatural powers–have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness.


I’m sick of paranormal books. I haven’t read one in months and that used to be all I read. The one paranormal author that I never ever get tired of is Kelley Armstrong. Really, I don’t think there is better YA paranormal out there. She is in a class all of her own and her books never disappoint.

The Calling picks up right where The Gathering left off. The action doesn’t let up for a millisecond after that. The Calling is a wild thrill ride. You will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. Armstrong just has a knack for writing unputdownable books.

The characters are all basically running for their lives throughout the entire book. This left no time for angst-y romance. I loved that. Maya really proves how strong she is in this one. She is written fantastically. She’s a brave leader and if I were stuck in the woods I would definitely want her by my side. The connection/friendship between her and Daniel is even more prevalent in this book. As for the other characters, there is a nice mystery surrounding them but other than that they don’t play a big role.

That’s really the most I can say without giving things away. The bottom line is: If you haven’t read any Kelley Armstrong YA books change that. Fast. If you’ve only read a couple, read them all. They’re all extraordinary, fast paced, well written books. Read them.

 My review of book one, The Gathering  & book three The Rising


  1. The Gathering is on my TBR list. I really do want to read it. I’ve heard she is a fantastic author! Thanks for the lovely non spoilery review!
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  2. Glad this is good! I just read THE GATHERING, and it wasn’t my favorite book – sorta slow. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this one or not, so I’m glad you say it’s worth it. :)
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  3. I totally agree ! KA is the queen of Paranormal :) I love her darkest powers trilogy as well as the women of the otherworld series and I really enjoyed The Gathering last year; Maya was such a great protagonist ! I’m hoping that my bookstore will have The Calling early he he he he. The US covers are really pretty too I prefer them compared to the UK ones

  4. Wonderful! I’m so excited for this one, I loooved the first and can’t wait for The Calling. Maya is a wonderful heroine and I’m happy to hear she lives up it in this book too! 
    Thanks for keeping it spoiler free :)) 
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  5. I still have The Gathering on my shelf, but I loved her Darkest Powers trilogy, and I really want to read Women of the Otherworlds series. 

    Can’t wait to get to this one.
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  6. I hear ya, Kelley Armstrong can write ANY paranormal and I will devour it like the crack that it is. Her writing is that addictive. It’s a toss up between her and Richelle Mead for me.

    Glad to hear The Calling is just as awesome as her other books, although to be honest I wish there was more Rafe from the sounds of it he isn’t as huge in this book.
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  7. I’m reading this right now! And you’re right, it’s constant action! I’m really wishing I didn’t have so many interruptions cause I NEED to read!
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  8. I can’t wait to read it! I have it pre-ordered. I put it on my wishlist as soon as I seen it. 😀 Kelley Armstrong is awesome!
    Have a great day!
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  9. I love love love Kelley Armstrong! She’s one of my top authors to read. I will drop everything to read her latest. The Calling is one of my most anticipated books this year. I really enjoyed The Gathering and I really miss the characters from the Darkest Powers. I’m also a huge fan of her adult series. Thanks for the review! Can’t wait!!!
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    • You’re going to LOVE this one. I’m still hoping that we will eventually get to see the Darkest Powers characters in this series. *fingers crossed* :)

  10. OMG. I need the third book like yesterday! I read both books in one sitting last night…and I was AMAZED. They were super good.


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