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The Calling by Kelley Armstrong - The second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy
--- Book Synopsis ---
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.
--- Review ---
Gah! Gah! Gah!
I really enjoyed reading The Calling by Kelley Armstrong but it's yet another book of hers that has left me feeling frustrated. The Calling had very little to no actual plot, it was very much a filler book and it didn't have an ending it just stopped! I have been a huge Kelley Armstrong fan for years, but it seems her books of late have all left me feeling a little flat.
As I mentioned The Calling felt and read very much like a filler book, it just didn't have much substance and despite being quite a quick and entertaining read my biggest problem with the book was that nothing really seemed to happen. Yes, there was plenty of action to keep me turning the pages along with plenty of teen angst, but the story arc running through the trilogy just didn't move much further along than where we left off in the first book. The same was true of the characters, there was an odd snippet of information that we learned, but really I doubt that if I skipped this book I would be missing all that much.
Mostly even despite the lack of substance I still enjoyed the book, but and this is a rather big BUT there was one part of the book that really made me feel like throwing it at the wall. After the kids had been stranded for days, hunted by pretty intense bad guys and finally stumbled across a restaurant they asked to use a phone to call their parents and police. The waitress said no - she thought it was likely they were participating in some sort of complex prank against her. Really? Is America that different from the UK where someone wouldn't help a bunch of kids that looked as though they had been through the roughest time of their life. It just seemed plain stupid and except from filling a few more pages it really held no bearing on the story apart from annoying me.
I really wanted to love this series, it has huge potential, the characters, the set-up are all great but it just keeps falling short in each book. And the book as with all of Kelley Armstrong's books that I have read is beautifully written - she has an ease with words that I envy.
So will I be reading the next book in the series? Most likely yes. There is a cliff hanger (as you would expect from Ms. Armstrong) but at least with this book I didn't quite feel as cheated out of an ending as I did with the first book. But I really would rather pick up a book in a trilogy or series that still reads as a complete segment and not just a long continuation of chapters, its probably my biggest pet peeve in the YA market at the moment. Is it too much to ask for a beginning, middle and an ending?
In regards to rating I kept going back and forth between two and a three stars, if Dooyoo allowed half stars I think The Calling would get a 2.5 but as I can't do that I have generously rounded the rating up - Three out of five stars.