The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

79%

24 Critic Reviews

Overall, The Calling is such a thrilling novel and I absolutely adored it
-In the Next Room

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.

In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.

 

About Kelley Armstrong

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When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story begins with Sea of Shadows.Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. All of her novels for teens have been New York Times bestsellers. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by HarperCollins. 337 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Calling
All: 24 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 1

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Apr 17 2012

What makes a really good young adult book stand out from the crowd is when there are truths to learn about life.

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Night Owl Teen

Excellent
Reviewed by Aiobhan Belen on Apr 03 2012

I love that she is writing books for teenagers but for this adult she really needs to pump up the volume with these stories.

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Book Chick City

Good
Reviewed by Vickie on May 19 2012

All I can say is that Kelley Armstrong must have a special way of writing to keep you so enthralled when you have no clue what the big plan is! Whatever it is, I love it.

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Literary Treats

Good
Reviewed by Jaclyn on May 10 2012

Calling is an exciting, fast-paced sequel, even more action-packed than Gathering.

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Apr 16 2012

I loved blasting through it, my heart racing all the while.

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Bitten by Love book reviews

Good
Reviewed by Erin on Apr 19 2012

For those of you who have never read a book by Kelley Armstrong, especially her YA trilogies, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon because Kelley writes one heck of an exciting ride!

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Feb 19 2012

Kelley Armstrong once again wrote another crazy-good book!

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The Flutterby Room

Good
Reviewed by beckireads on May 05 2012

So if you’re looking for something a little different in the Urban Fantasy genre then this is definitely one series to consider.

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Candace's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Candace on Mar 28 2012

This is a fabulous young adult series I highly recommend to young adults and adults alike.

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Good Books and Good Wine

Good
Reviewed by April on Apr 15 2012

I’d definitely recommend The Calling if you are looking for a nice fluffy read.

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Xpresso Reads

Good
Reviewed by Giselle on Apr 09 2012

If you're new to this series, I highly recommend you start it already!

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The Readventurer

Below average
Reviewed by Tatiana on Apr 02 2012

There is nothing but action in this book. It feels "meatless," because of the lack of background info (we already kn0w every kid who is on the run) and lack of depth.

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Awesome Sauce Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Amber on Apr 04 2012

Kelley Armstrong just always delivers an amazing story!

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The Reader Bee

Good
Reviewed by Christy on Mar 27 2012

I adore Kelley Armstrong. She is such a talented writer, and never fails to draw me into her stories.

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In the Next Room

Good
Reviewed by Zoe on May 09 2012

Overall, The Calling is such a thrilling novel and I absolutely adored it

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The Book Faery

Good
Reviewed by Kristi on Apr 02 2012

The Calling is chock full of action-a-go-go, heart-thumping thrills and revelations that I couldn’t wait to find out and some that surprised me.

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Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

Good
Reviewed by Readergirl on May 10 2012

It was thrilling and fast paced and, in the end, a very satisfying read.

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Shortie Says

Good
Reviewed by Jena on Apr 14 2012

I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Kelley definitely amped up the suspense in this one!

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Planet Print

Good
Reviewed by Liz R. on Apr 27 2012

Overall, The Calling was a thrilling sequel to The Gathering – I personally enjoyed it more!

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Stories and Sweets

Good
Reviewed by Becky on Apr 26 2012

A super-quick, thrilling read---this is definitely a series I'll be sticking with to the end!

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Emma Cunningham

Good
Reviewed by Emma Cunningham on Apr 18 2012

I’ll be wait­ing on the edge of my seat for the finale, to see what hap­pens to Maya and Daniel, and to watch them meet up with the cast of the Dark­est Pow­ers series

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Ruby's Reads

Good
Reviewed by Ruby on Apr 16 2012

Kelley Armstrong is a fabulous author. She knows how to craft a story so tightly, that she keeps me on edge each second.

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The not so closet geeks

Good
Reviewed by Diana Hereford on May 18 2012

The Calling is a strong sequel and perhaps an altogether stronger book than it's predecessor. One thing that truly impressed me is that I'm not recognizing her characters from other series.

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Carole St-Laurent

Good
Reviewed by Carole St-Laurent on May 07 2012

If your teen is looking for a new compelling series, suggest Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising. It’s a guaranteed success.

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