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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CONTEST & Review of The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

The Rising (Darkness Rising #3)
by Kelley Armstrong
Random House of Canada
ISBN: 978-0-385-66857-6
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Description: Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.

Old secrets are revealed and unexpected characters make a surprising return in this stunning conclusion to Kelley Armstrong's New York Times bestselling Darkness Rising trilogy.

The Good Stuff
  • Loved how much dry humour was in this installment.  Always used when you needed it most. 
  • Got a big kick out of the American/Canadian snark (all done lovingly though)
  • Actually learned a few things which is always a bonus
  • Satisfying ending - wraps up a lot but still leaves it open enough if Kelley ever decides to write about this world again
  • Some fabulous parental role models - one of my favorite part of this series is that not ALL the parents are useless or abusive
  • Plenty of action and twists and turns
  • I love all of  Kelley's books, but I have to say this series has been my favorite of them all.
  • Love how the author sums up what happened in the other two books in such a way that it gives a reminder to those who read them months before, yet not too much for those who maybe just finished them a couple of days ago.
  • Characters feel very real, they all have faults, in other words people that you can relate to
  • Strong friendships
  • Positive mentions of natives - I'm living in Calgary now and cannot tell you how many people here make negative and derogatory comments about the local native population
  • Loved that most of the series is set in Canada

The Not So Good Stuff
  • A wee bit of repetition in terms of the angsty moments - hard to explain without going spoiling anything

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Which was not to say louts are obviously American - only  ones who didn't realize they couldn't buy  beer in any store."

"You guys aren't really teens, are you?" Ash said. "They've brainwashed you into miniature adults, full of responsibility and good eating habits. I'm surprised you haven't bought a - " He noticed the toothbrush in my hand. "Seriously?|

"Wild animal attacks on humans are rare, but all of the predators in Canada, the cougar may be the one most likely to do it. Obviously, this guy never got the memo. After this, he'd probably be going to zoos, climbing the enclosure, saying. "Here watch this ... " Famous last words, as yet another unfit human is removed from the gene pool."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Obviously if you enjoyed The Calling and The Gathering you are going to love this
  • Fans of Kelley's other books
  • And basically just anyone who enjoys a good story. Armstrong is a born storyteller which I consider to be one of the greatest gifts one can have
4.5 Dewey's


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  1. Bitten is my favourite Kelley Armstrong book.

  2. My favorite Kelley Armstrong boook is Exit Strategy.

  3. My favorite would be The Awakening.

  4. I love the Gathering and the Calling - read that after just coming back from Van Island myself. Can't wait to read how The Rising wraps up both this series and the Darkest Powers series

  5. My favorite book is the Reckoning.

  6. My favorite Kelley Armstrong book would have to be "The Awakening", the second book of the Darkest Powers series. Other authors would've gone straight to the action, but Kelley wonderfully develops all of her character in a perfect fashion. It's great.

  7. I liked The Summoning but really I love the whole series and every book of hers that I have read.