Title: The Calling
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising (#2)
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Source: I own a copy of this book.
I was eagerly awaiting to read this book as I absolutely loved the first instalment.
I remember the book before this ending in a cliff-hanger, so I needed to know what was going to happen next.
This sequel didn't disappoint.
Straight away, the story carried on where the first left off, and I was like "whoah!", so immediately I was hooked. So brownie points for that beginning.
I liked the idea of survival being in the storyline. For some reason I find entertainment in people struggling to live. I think it's just interesting to see what the characters will do in that situation, and what will happen next, etc.
Maya is our main protagonist, and I really like her. She is strong, brave and has a crazy ability to morph, as she is a skin-walker. I think this is interesting as we get to see everything from her point of view, and her experiences with the matter.
I think it's really good to have a protagonist that you like. If you don't connect with them, then it can sometimes result in you putting the book down.
I admire Maya for her decisions, and she is really good at dealing with things.
Daniel is Maya's best friend, and I just find him cute. The way he looks after Maya is admirable and I wish I had him as my best friend. I do feel like maybe Daniel likes Maya as more than a friend; more than he shows..But I guess time will tell whether he will reveal that or not.
Rafe is the guy with the bad boy vibe, which is what I love in male characters. I can't help but love him. Although he isn't in this book a lot, I still like him so. I can really see he cares for Maya, and that is so cool.
Kenji is Maya's pet. I wanted to mention Kenji because this animal is one that I absolutely LOVE. Kenji is so cute and protective towards Maya. I really wish I had a pet like them.
There is a lot more character development between all of the characters; even ones that are considered minor. I liked learning more about them and when they revealed their secrets, it changed my views on them.
All of the chapters end climatic; you never know what to expect.
Armstrong's writing is fantastic. It's very gripping and grabs your attention, and because of that, I want to have a go at the other series she's written.
The ending of this book is a bit of a cliff-hanger, and that's why I want to continue and read the next book.
The Calling definitely didn't suffer from the "Bad Sequel Syndrome". I think if I was honest, I liked this just a bit more than the first book.
In the end, I gave this book five stars; completely recommend this series to all!
I hope you have enjoyed this review.
Happy reading =)