The Calling

by Kelley Armstrong

Doubleday Canada | April 10, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Calling is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 14.
On the heels of the wildly popular The Gathering comes the second in the "Darkness Rising" YA trilogy from NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
 
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 in her small town with surprising talents.
 
Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.


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Published: April 10, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0385668554

ISBN - 13: 9780385668552

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really liked it! 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 civilization only to find hidden truths to the powers that are growing inside of them. Maya is a pretty relatable character, she would act how any teenager would if they found out they had power beyond their control. I liked Daniel. A lot more than I liked Rafe. I just couldn’t trust this new boy. We find another novel where the world as they knew it has hit the fan. Things aren’t what they seem in Salmon Creek and Maya is determined to find out what happens. I can’t stress enough how creeped out I get when characters have to survive on their own. Knowing how to find shelter, water and food must be hard if you lack the proper skills. I feel this book did not answer most of the questions that I had, it only brought up more questions! I can’t wait until I read the final installment. Kelley Armstrong writes well and I can’t wait to hear if she has more books in the future.
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first I read this entire series so quickly that I don’t even remember when the story in The Calling began and where it ended. Kelley Armstrong’s writing is so fluid and stream-lined through out her series that it’s so easy to read them in quick succession. I do think it’s slightly a problem if I can’t remember what happened in this book. I had to quickly skim through it before I wrote this review so that I’d remember most of the details. As a second book, this one’s no Twin Towers. It falls short of the first and the third, but it’s still really enjoyable. For me, the characters were flatter. The growth that was in the first book was kind of at a stand-still for me in the second book, but this one was more focussed on the story and the characters trying to figure out their powers, how to use them, and figure out what they’re supposed to do. It’s kind of a quest situation: get back home after being flown away from a giant forest fire, only to find out that their identities have been erased by the company running their town, and that a mysterious rival company is trying to kidnap them. Daniel finds out he’s a benedanti and that St. Clouds, the medical company running their old town, is trying to resurrect extinct supernatural species. I really liked this concept because these abilities are totally different than anything in any other paranormal/supernatural book I’ve read so far in the genre. The author takes everything one step further, amps up the suspense, mystery, and the weirdness. Maya is also able to explore her abilities more as a skin-walker. We also hear them mentioning the old cast from The Darkest Powers trilogy. My heart jumped out of my chest when I read that they were going to look for these characters. I miss Chloe and Derek so much!! Oooh and they’re still in Canada! Woot woot! These characters are also insanely good at getting out of sticky situations. They’re really determined and headstrong. They make lots of mistakes, but they’re able to fix them and move on, which I like. However, it didn’t feel like much happened in this book other than them trying to find their way home and being captured a bunch of times. While it was exciting while I read it, in retrospect I wish there was something that Kelley could have added to make this book more unique from the first and third books in this trilogy. Plus there definitely wasn’t enough romance in this one!
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In Some ways better then the First! The calling was great! Even after I didn't remember everything from the first book, I still understood the stuff from the second one! I loved the way the plot folded out and how the characters delt with the things in their paths. I loved the way you were still learning character traits about the characters. The speed of the plot was great but I would have maybe have something go right for the characters so you don't see everything coming. ;D
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The adventure continues with Maya...book 2 Maya and friends are taking off to get out the fire of their town...chaos is on all sides and she does not know who is really helping them or helping themselves. Being hunted through the temperate forests of Vancouver Island, no civilitization in sight. What are they running from or into? Will they make it out alive? Will her secret be revealed? Will she ever see her family again? Follow Maya's quest for survival with her friends (and fri-enemies) from the St. Cloud Corporation. Looking forward to the final installment of this trilogy
Date published: 2012-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg loved it so much awsome well i must say the end was awsome love how kelly is putting both sires together like that and this is a must read and i wish that her and dan would be together 100 thumbs up
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Calling Another gem written by one of today's most prolific writers. I enjoyed right from the opening page and cannot wait to see where Ms Armstrong takes her characters from here.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just As Good As The First! This second continuation for The Darkness Rising trilogy is even better than the first! I love how Kelly described the characters and every page was filled with detail! It has everything that The Gathering fans devoured in the first book and even more! When I first finished The Gathering last year, I was EXTREMELY excited to read The Calling when it was released, but unfortunately that spirit faded after about 5 months. So when my mom picked up The Calling for me, I had kind of forgotten about it, but was happy (just not as excited as I would have been before). About a quarter through the book, I got back into the whole scheme of this series, and that spark of excitement came back. I am really happy I had the chance to read The Calling, and hopefully the author makes a third book, (which I would definitely be picking up). All-around fantastic book. Great job Kelly C;
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from STARTS WHERE THE GATHERING LEFT OFF Starting at exactly the point The Gathering’s cliff-hanger left off we rejoin Maya and the other teens on their flight from Salmon Creek. The group finds themselves abandoned after the helicopter crash and on the run from both sides of the law. Things start to happen as far as their “altered” genetics so they must face those changes as well. The finally make it back t Salmon Creek only to find they are more alone than ever in their quest to find out what is happening to them. Again, being a fan I enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lives up to expectations I read the Darkness Rising series, and the Gathering, the Calling follows the same basic flow and pattern so if you liked Kelley's past novels you will love this one. I do have to say, as a teenager living near Vancouver owning a German Shepard, strangely enough named Kenjii too, I found this series a tad funny. But there was a few things that drove me crazy because I know the area better than the author so I found every mistake. Like a mountain on the island? It's a hill, no BC person would ever call it a mountain. The novel was awesome, but if you live near the setting, try to forget where it is suppose to take place.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic follow up to the Gathering! The Calling was a wonderful follow up to the Gathering. It was action packed, took you deeper into the story and characters and I just really enjoyed it. My only issue is that I have to wait for the next book. Well done, Kelley! Her novels should be adapted to film. Just saying.
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced fabulous story The Good Stuff Kelley is a truly gifted storyteller - she sucks you in from the first very paragraph and has you wanting more at the end Maya is a truly enchanting realistic character. She has flaws, but she grows and tries her best Fabulous dialogue and dry humour So much character development goes into each and every character - all very distinct Plenty of twists and turn & OMG moments I love the dog & whenever he is put in peril I am at the edge of my seat going no please don't hurt him The author really understands what it is to be young The world she has created is so fascinating She gives you a summary of the first book in the series for those new to the series without boring those who have read it Love that its set in B.C. - yes we Canadians love that stuff -- we have issues about being ignored The relationships between the friends on the run is honest and realistic The Not So Good Stuff Missed the parents in this one - they were cool and involved parents - that is so rare in YA books (Yes I am bitter LOL!) How long do I have to wait till next book - damn, this sucks reading these books so in advance of actually publication date (No not complaining - pls send me next ARC LOL!) Favorite Quotes/Passages "And if there are teenagers who actually respond to adults shouting at them, I've never met one." "Yes, you are. We just need to get this done, then you can have a breakdown. I'll join you." "Yes, ma'am." He leaned down toward my ear. " I like when you order me around. It's really hot." "Right." A soft, choked laugh. "Kind of ruins the dramatic effect if I'm storming off in the wrong direction, doesn't i." "You were saved by a girl. Horrible, isn't it?" He slid out and looked down at my bare legs. "Not just a girl, but a half naked one. Not that's hot. If I'm still unconscious, don't wake me, okay?" Who Should/Shouldn't Read Like most of Kelley's books, you could read this and not be lost from not having read the first book in the series -- but do yourself a favor and get the first boo Fabulous for both the teen and adult reader 5 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Darkness Is Rising... After I finished reading The Gathering, I had no doubts that the continuation in the Darkness Rising series would only get better from there... and I was right! Picking up directly where the cliffhanger ending left off on previously, Kelley Armstrong doesn't miss a beat as she torments her characters and pushes them to their limits. Maya's courage and leadership has never shined more bright than in this book! She's only just beginning to discover her true potential as a skin-walker, but there are still so many answers she wishes to seek about her heritage. And she's not the only with special abilities – the St. Cloud Corporation has made sure of that. Maya, Sam and Daniel have their suspicions, but with their kidnappers in hot pursuit trying to capture them again, it's going to take all their wits and skills to outrun them. Differences will have to be set aside, and all of the friends will have to work together if they wish to survive and make it out of the wilderness of Vancouver Island. If you felt The Gathering was rather on the slow side, there's definitely no way you'll be feeling the same way about The Calling. The entire novel was filled with action, suspense, and tons of exciting moments which left you holding your breath. Once I began reading, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages until I finished a few hours later! And, okay, I'm firmly Team Daniel now! I was so proud of the way Maya and Daniel firmly supported each other and took charge in this book to help lead the others. Kelley Armstrong's The Calling is a pure adrenaline rush that doesn't stop for a breather until the very end! With several allusions to events from the Darkest Powers series throughout the book, I have a very good feeling we'll be seeing characters from both of the series finally meeting in book three. And hopefully, they'll be joining forces! I cannot wait to see what will happen in The Rising! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2012/04/calling-by-kelley-armstrong.html
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You thought The Gathering was intense? Wait until you read The Calling! *Copy provided by publisher for review* Being a big fan and lover of Kelley Armstrong's highly acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series, it was no surprise to me at all when I instantly fell in love with the first installment in her Darkness Rising series, The Gathering. The Gathering introduced readers to sixteen year old Maya, an ordinary teen with a passion and love for animals. Living in a small and secluded medical-research community with her adoptive parents hasn't always proven to be pleasant but she's made it work. Suddenly strange things begin to happen in her small town; the appearances of mountain lions, a rogue reporter pent on harassing her and the rest of the town folk, and the arrival of a hot new bad boy who changes her perspective on everything. You thought the worst was over? You have no idea what comes next. The Calling reintroduces readers to sixteen year old Maya, who now knows some truth about her lineage and what she's capable of. Quickly following an excitingly intense climax, The Calling begins with an equally intense high that instantly pulls the reader in. Maya, Daniel, and the others are now trying to leave their small Vancouver island. While in the air, the group begins to believe that they've finally escaped the worst, that is until they've discovered that it was all planned. As their helicopter crashes into the Vancouver Island wilderness, Maya quickly discovers that the very people they were fleeing from may be there already waiting for them. An exciting and action packed sequel is what I expected from the phenomenal Kelley Armstrong and that's exactly what she delivered. It was absolute bliss! Kelley Armstrong is, by far, one of my favorite authors who has crossed over from adult to young adult fiction multiple times, and from the results I can say that she makes it look oh-so simple! With the reintroduction of Maya, I was set! I was ready for more on one of my absolute favorite protagonists. Maya, as she was in The Gathering, was fierce, strong, and cunning. There was never a dull moment in the eyes of Maya. With the dramatic events in The Gathering, I could sense a strong and distinct change in her. You think The Gathering was intense? Think again! The Calling pushed the limits with life or death suspense that had me instantly gripping the pages. Admittedly so, there were several times where I expected the worst to happen, when I lost absolute hope in the characters I began to care for, but Kelley Armstrong knew just how to pull me back in. With her signature emotional narrative, Kelley Armstrong has brought another fabulous series out into the Young Adult genre. The Darkness Rising series is irrevocably promising, one series YA readers will regret missing out on. Intense, dramatic, and enthralling - The Calling by Kelley Armstrong is the must-read sequel of 2012!
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book i have read i loved this book. it was amazing as soon as i started i could not put it down. when you read this book you will have questions at the end. i loved reading this book and i know its early but i cant wail until the third comes out. (and the only reason why have read this already is because i won it from kellet armstrong when i meet her)
Date published: 2012-01-31

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The Calling

by Kelley Armstrong

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 10, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668554

ISBN - 13: 9780385668552

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On the heels of the wildly popular The Gathering comes the second in the "Darkness Rising" YA trilogy from NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
 
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 in her small town with surprising talents.
 
Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.


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