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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.

©2012 KLA Fricke Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Seems to be Setting up for a Great Finale

A week after finishing this book, I have to say, I still don't know what to make of it. This book was a marked departure from the first book. Where the first book felt like a normal teen story, complete with protective parents and high school relationship drama, The Calling is more of a survival story then anything else. I thought this book could have been a bit shorter - there was not as much intrigue or character development as the first installment, and was mostly a blow-by-blow action story.

With the main romantic character missing for most of the novel, I did not feel the same anticipation or thrill at watching Maya's relationships play out. For the most part, the way she interacted with the people around her (Daniel, Cory and Sam), did not change much. The small realizations that she did have were not major when it came to her character development as a whole. And by the end of the book, I felt like she was still the exact same person that she was at the beginning of the book - just a little more informed about the St. Clouds and Nasts. But, alas, as I have read Armstrong's other books, the information that was revealed about these organizations held little intrigue for me, as I was already familiar with them.

Overall, I did not think that this book was as strong as The Gathering, or the first trilogy of Dark Powers books. However, the end of this novel leaves me highly anticipating the third book, which I feel will be a lot stronger then this current novel. If you are a fan of the Dark Powers books, I would still recommend reading this one, despite the shortcomings, as I feel this novel is just a stepping stone towards what should be a great book!

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Good continuation of The Gathering

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You get a lot of fill in information for questions developed in the first book but you don't get any real progression in the plot. Now that we know where they are going from here, I'm really interested in the conclusion. The narrator did a great job and the characters are endearing so the lack of progression doesn't detract from the book too much. It's simply the bridge between the first book and the conclusion and answers enough questions to keep you content.

This is not a series that you would enjoy piece-wise but is definitely a good continuation of the overall story.

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Will Continue with the Series

I enjoyed this, the 2nd book in the series and look forward to the continuation of Maya's adventure / quest. Though this would be considered a young adult book, and I am most definitely not part of that demographic, I really like the story and where it is headed. Jennifer Ikeda does a wonderful job of reading the book and making it come to life for me.

I have been reading Ms. Armstrongs books for a while and started with "Bitten" featuring Elena and the werewolf pack. This is a great story set in the same world of the cabals and supernaturals introduced in that first book. Give it a try, if you've enjoyed that world, you won't be disappointed.

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Meh

I love Kelley Armstrong but this book seemed to stall. I think it was necessary to read to help move on to finale, but I was easily distracted while it played. Not the best book but I think it is leading to a great finale. I still can't wait for the next one. If you liked the first book and want to read/hear the last you need to listen to this one. Sorry

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Good Listen

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The book is fun and entertaining. The mystery is far more deep and complex than any other book in this genre and age group which made it really fun. I'm excited for the next book to come out!

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Love it!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Calling to be better than the print version?

I loved listening to the book because I can close my eyes and picture the scenes happening.

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This sequel keeps you on your seat and can't stop reading until it's finished. I can't wait for the next one to come out. Already counting the days for more!!!!

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A Promising YA Series

Jennifer Ikeda is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. She does an excellent job giving a unique voice to all the characters.

Kelley Armstrong is quickly making a fan out of me. She has successfully taken aspects of her Otherworld series and crossed over into Young Adult friendly series. I had previously enjoyed Armstrong's other YA trilogy, Darkest Powers, so I didn't hesitate to pick up the first 2 books in her Darkness Rising trilogy... of which The Calling is the second book.

Brutal Honesty time: If you are thinking of picking up the series then I would STRONGLY advise you to NOT pick up The Gathering unless you get The Calling as well. The first book in No Way Shape or Form contains anything resembling a complete story. Yes, I get that it is a trilogy, but it ends so abruptly it doesn't even feel so much like a cliffhanger ending as it does simply unfinished. Good News: The Calling picks directly up where the first book leaves off, but it also gives enough back story that a first-time listener could follow the story. Having said that, I would suggest reading the books in order as to understand the characters better and fully enjoy not only the unfolding of the mystery/intrigue, but the character development as well.

The Calling redeems the abrupt ending of The Gathering and although this book also ends with plenty of unanswered questions, it at least felt like a natural ending point.

*** PEOPLE WHO HATE CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS may want to wait until April 2013 when The Rising comes out. In the meantime.... pick up her Darkest Powers trilogy. There are connections between the 2 series though you may certainly enjoy one without the other. ***

Summing Up:

> A YA Series that continues to hold this Adult's attention.
> Check out Darkest Powers series for more backstory on Edison Group/Lyle House --- though Darkness Rising series can be enjoyed on it's own.
> FANTASTIC NARRATION!!!!
> Don't read/listen to first book without the second book standing by...
> Still at least 7 months before we get the answers to our questions/ see how the kids' journey ends (or perhaps begins---- I would happily read more books involving the characters of The Darkest Powers &/or Darkness Rising series).

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And....

Where does The Calling rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

About average.

What did you like best about this story?

It is an interesting story line. Lots of possibilities.

What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Decent reading.

Any additional comments?

I believe it will be one of three books. It does not stand alone. You seem to need to read all of the stories in order to get the entire story. That's fine, if a little irritating. Decent story.

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Still held my attention...

What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

I think Jennifer is amazing. She really captures the main character as well as all the others. She tells the story with excitement and emotion. I really enjoy listening to her.

Any additional comments?

This book was a much anticipated second edition to the first book. I was slightly disappointed, but overall satisfied. The story flowed well and was believable, but it was muddied and complicated and sometimes not clear. The baseline story about a town of experimental people with special powers is good. As a fan of the show "Heros" and the book series "I am Number Four" this story line is right up my ally. I want to know what is going to happen next! I applaud the surprises and the unpredictability of the story line. I would recommend it, for sure. I will patiently wait for the next one and listen to it, without a doubt.

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Wonderful

Would you listen to The Calling again? Why?

Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and this book is just as wonderful as all her other books! Loved it!

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