The Calling – Kelley Armstrong Review

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.

The Calling picks up where The Gathering left off. From my review of The Gathering, it’s already apparent that I’m not a fan of this series. I admit that I enjoyed this book more than the previous one, but it was still just mediocre. There’s not much to say because nothing really happens. They’re on the run, they get captured, they escape, rinse and repeat.

Everything I said about Maya still stands. She’s still smart, athletic, sensible and a really great role model for younger girls. I  just don’t feel any chemistry between Maya and Rafe or even Maya and Daniel. There’s no spark or charm to this series. The book is just dull. I’m hoping the last installment will have more adventure in it since it’ll also involve the characters from The Darkest Powers.

I just want to finish this series and be done with it. It’s not exactly the reaction people want in the books they read, but it’s what I’m stuck with.


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