Sunday, December 30, 2012

December Read Along week 4 {Review} The Calling

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 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of THE GATHERING clamoring for more.

Week Four- 8 chapters, 253-326 pages
Our thoughts:
Plot- It's was okay but it felt like it was being force and stretch a little thin. Could have been 100 or so pages, less then 326. Wished she changed up the formula a bit, made it a little different then the first series. Also, we wished she brought a character from the first series into this one to help move along the plot.
Characters- Maya, she doesn't feel her age. Spoiled, seemed like she always wanted the others to always agree with her, not much character development and coming into her powers dragged on.  Sam, changed from being the bad ass type to being the clingy, overprotective, paranoid friend of Daniel and always seemed mad at Maya for apparently stringing Daniel along. Her character also felt as if she had a crush on him yet she is supposedly gay. Though, yes she changed, she still had her moments here and there. The other characters didn't really stand out and they always just went along with Daniel and Maya, never really standing up for the own opinions.
Overall, this is a so-so book. Most definitely has the sequel syndrome, it's mostly just Maya explaining what the hell is going on and telling the others that they have powers, which they took very oh so calmly. The powers were sadly not very explored and only a few showed some signs of these supposedly powers. We are afraid that in the third book the characters are going to be spread too thin and that there's not going to be any real focus.
Lots of question and not enough answers, hopefully everything will get tied up in the third book. However, this series feels underdeveloped, not paced well, and doesn't have the same grip as the first series.     
Get it just to work on finishing the series

Happy Reading Everybody!

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