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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

    After almost dying in a forest fire, Maya and her friends are finally on their way to safety. At least, that’s what they thought until they‘re helicopter crashes. It doesn’t take long before they realize something is very wrong, not only with the situation they’re in but also within themselves. Strange things keep happening, especially around Daniel, Maya’s best friend. Now that she knows that she‘s a Skin Walker and will eventually be able to shift into a cougar, it’s not such a leap for Maya to wonder if she’s not the only special teenager around.
    As they travel through the wilderness, being chased by an unknown group of people that they suspect started the forest fire that almost killed them, they’re forced to confront the fact that they may all be different from normal teenagers. Not knowing who to trust, even amongst themselves, they battle the elements and their own injuries to make it back home to the only people they know they can trust. Their parents. At least, Maya knows she can trust her parents. Even if they do make it home though, what then? Everything they’ve ever known seems to have imploded in on itself. How can Maya and her friends ever have a normal life again? The answer to that question seems to be growing steadily toward…they can’t.

     In her second book of The Darkness Rising Trilogy Kelley gets your adrenaline pumping from the first page and doesn’t let up until the last. I have it on good authority (very, very good authority) that the next book in The Darkness Rising trilogy is going to bring back a few friends you may have already met. I can’t wait to see where Kelley is going to take this amazing group of teens. I recommend The Calling to anyone who likes a fast paced, suspense filled story that has a little of everything: romance, betrayal, selflessness, adventure and just a bit of crazy too. YA is not just for teenagers anymore so don’t let that stop you from checking out a truly great read. 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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