Review: The Rising- Kelley Armstrong

2.5/5 Stars

The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)- Kelley Armstrong

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“…I don’t know if that’s how you really do become a werewolf.”He paused. “It could be kind of cool, though. A werewolf and skin-walker hybrid. Time to shift? You pick your form.”
He grinned and I managed a soft laugh. “My luck, it’d be a mix of the two. A shaggy, brown monster with retractable claws and an irresistible urge to chase sticks.”
“As long as it’s not an irresistible urge to hump legs and sniff crotches.”

Plot:
Picking up right where The Calling left off, Maya, Daniel, and Corey are on the run from two rival Cabal groups who want nothing more than to capture them and make them prisoners to a lifelong series of obligations and medical procedures. As arguably successful recreations of extinct mythological creatures, Maya and Daniel are the greatest asset and highest marketing potential for future investors. Maya and the others who escaped the helicopter charade fleeing from Salmon Creek, now that they know their entire lives were based on lies in order to further scientific experimentation and exploration for warring Cabal groups, want nothing to do with the gilded cage of the Phoenix Project. All these teens want is their freedom and to not have to run anymore. Daniel, Maya, and Corey go on a reckless journey across Canada to meet up with the parents who loved them all their lives but believed them dead. With the risky plan to intercept their parents at their own funeral, all bets are off when Maya’s long-lost twin brother Ash shows up and warns them of the stupidity of their plan. A series of terrible choices and bad luck later, Maya is captured and reunited with the others from Salmon Creek and her biological father Antone, the half-demon. More importantly, Maya is back with Rafe, the hot future skin-walker from the earlier books. What Maya finds at the compound is not so bad. They have everything they could want except that which they desire most, freedom from supervision and to make their own choices without the influence of the Cabal. The Rising follows Maya, the usual crew, and a few new characters on the journey to find freedom, or relatively acceptable living circumstances without sinister Cabal intentions. Maya adjusts to life with her brother, sorts through her overwhelmingly confusing feelings for both Rafe and Daniel, and the possibility that they might actually need Cabal resources to survive, when Maya discovers that like Annie, she too is regressing.

PROS:

  • Ash was just the sort of character this series needed, someone sarcastic, attractive, powerful, with some edginess, and a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He is the perfect counterbalance to Maya’s proud fierceness, and interacts with her in a natural brotherly way complete with fighting and hilarious disagreements.
  • The only redeeming moments belong to the sizzling flirtations, and mounting sexual tensions between characters that will constantly leave you with a smile on your face and a glowing sense of satisfaction.

CONS:

  • I had such high hopes for this book, I expected crazy action scenes, danger, and a lot more magic considering the supernatural elements but surprisingly this book was severely lacking in all of those departments. For a series that is based on scientific experiments connected with the revival of extinct mythological creatures, it felt like more of a teenage drama with half-hearted attempts at supernatural. Adrenaline should have pumped, the speed should have been fueled with uncertainty and fear for their lives but honestly, the whole story was slow, boring, and not at all what I anticipated. Sure there were a lot of dire circumstances, narrow escapes, and even shootings yet somehow the story felt like a series of telling with little description and the pace was not up to speed with the action scenes. I spent more than half of the book hoping something would happen that made me sit on the edge of my seat, gripping the edges of the book for dear life, and I was just so underwhelmed.
  • The story didn’t have a climax. It went in circles with a bunch of nothing much happening. The plot didn’t really fluctuate and there were no surprises.
  • The end was bland and deeply unsatisfying.

As the conclusion to the trilogy, The Rising fell flat and lost some of it’s earlier magic in the earlier books.

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Happy reading,

-BB