Friday, June 7, 2013

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: ATOM

Pages: 288pgs

The Story

Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the St. Clouds and a rival Cabal, 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 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.

The Review

Even though I wasn't a huge fan of the sequel, The Calling, but I've actually quite enjoyed this trilogy on a whole. Sure I will admit that this particular series may not have beaten my love for Kelley Armstrong's original Darkest Powers series which this spin-off series is based on, but the author sure knows how to thrill her readers with intense characters, complicated situations and plenty of drama to keep you guessing on how the book will come to an end. So considering THE RISING is the final book of a trilogy, I thought it was pretty good and was definitely a major improvement to the previous sequel.

Within the course of this series, we got pretty familiar with Maya and her group of friends, especially with her love interests Rafe and Daniel. However, I found in this book it finally opened up a lot more doors to Maya's past and potential future with her friends and family and love interests, which was a nice change up considering the sequel - at least I found - was the weakest book out of all three and offered no excitement to me. Plus this book was really intense and definitely gripping so it was very hard to put down. Well . . . except when some characters were being stupid . . . but hey, it happens to the best of us I guess. 

Overall, THE RISING was a decent final book. In terms of the ending though, I was 'mostly' satisfied with it. It surprised me (that's for sure) because it was NOT at all how I imagined the series to end in that particular way, but with the obvious love triangle finally being solved and with everything wrapped up in a nice ta-da way . . . that's all you can really ask for. I may have wanted more from the characters in that ending and maybe an insight to where they are later down the track, but on a whole, I was mostly satisfied with it. A yay for Maya's decision in a love interest! I'm very happy about that part!

The Rating
4/5 stars


  1. Sometimes all we can do is be happy about how the love triangle turned out, because some series don't have much more going for it. I LOVED The Darkest Powers, which is probably why I'm so stubborn about reading this series. I would want to love it as much as the first series and I'm so sure that won't happen that I haven't bothered with it...

    Still I'm happy that overall the last book wasn't horrible and that you can turn away from the series with the knowledge that everything ended up fine :D

    1. Exactly. I was still satisfied with the ending which is the main thing (mostly because I loved who the main character picked in the end though I didn't even think it would actually happen).

  2. Great review, Erin! I love, love LOVED The Darkest Powers Trilogy! It's still an all time fave, by I remember I wasn't that blown away with The Gathering though I had high expectations. I haven't read The Calling yet, do you think the series is still worth picking up???

    1. Thanks Rachel! I LOVED The Darkest Powers trilogy too. It was a really great series. But with this one . . . I still liked it but not as much as the other series. As for whether it's worth picking up, I would say yes because it's sort of a continuation of the TDP series. It may not be better than TDP but it's a good read. :D


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