The Calling Book Review

Book

The Calling

Author

Kelly Armstrong

Publication Date

April 2012

Publisher

HarperTeen

Book Description

Maya’s birthmark, a paw print, reveals her true nature as a skin walker with the ability to turn into a wolf. Maya and her friends are forced flee a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set by a mysterious group of people roaming the woods at the time it was set. They are kidnapped, endure a terrifying helicopter crash, losing one of their own in the plummeting drop, and find themselves deserted in the wilderness with nothing but their own knowledge of the woods and special abilities to get themselves to safety.

About The Author

Kelly Armstrong has been telling stories since she could grasp a pen and write. When asked about her earliest works she says they were disastrous, always referring to the dead, or more accurately the undead, and always had something or someone evil. She never could achieve a proper ‘normal’ story and now she embraces the dark stories within her creating amazing books for teens.

Book Review

This is a brilliant second installment to the thrilling book Darkness Rising series. Maya is quite relatable I find, which makes it easier to sympathise and makes for a more emotional ride as she battles her inner emotions and conflict between her close friends. Her friends are just as animated as in the previous novel, if not more so as Armstrong has given more minor characters bigger parts in this one. Secondary characters that once may have no opinion on any matter dive into arguments and discussion with as much intensity as the main characters. At times it seemed like the entire group was fighting fate and losing quickly, so much that it seemed a little farfetched a couple times, even for a book about werewolves. Some of the unfortunate proceedings that seem so unreal perhaps could have been more believable had there not been so many of these ill fated events in such quick succession.

Overall, a brilliant book of romance, friendship, betrayal, and discovery. A book that will keep you on edge, unable to put the book down until all 336 pages are thoroughly read.

Quotes

“Remembering. Forgetting. I’m not sure which is worse.”

“It’s a road!”
I patted his back.” It’s a lovely road. Now which way do we go?”
Corey looked one way, the brown ribbon extending into emptiness. He looked the other way, saw the same thing and his shoulders slumped.
“Damn.”

“Maybe my expectations for honesty are too high.”

“When you accept a leadership role, you take on extra responsibility for your actions toward others.”