Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
Darkness Rising Series, Book 3

Spoiler Note:  This is the third book in a series.  You've officially been warned about spoilers from earlier books in the series if you keep reading.

Description (taken from Kelley Armstrong's website):
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 end of a trilogy.  Ending novels are always so tricky because we all want the happy ending.  But sometimes, it's hard to make a happy ending memorable.  But I'm digressing from this review.

Maya has been on the run ever since she realized the people who were helping her only considered her an asset.  As she and her friends try to figure out what's going on while trying to protect themselves, we're thrown through a whirlwind of emotions.  While the actual plot itself, constantly being on the run, is a little predictable, I find the reactions and how the characters deal with things really make this series worth it.

Did I mention the love interests in this series was one of my favorites?  Maya's relationship dilemma is real-feeling.  It's not insta-love.  It's not swoon-worthy.  It's something that involves stepping on toes and something that takes work.  This is the kind of love I like seeing (unless I'm really in the mood for a swoon-worthy one).

And there was mention that characters from other series do make an appearance in this novel.  If you're like me, you're thinking characters like Elena, Paige or Savannah are going to step in and help save the day.  Sorry, unfortunately, that doesn't happen (I know I was bummed).  But we do see some others.  And we find out Maya's fully capable of obtaining her happy ending.

Really, my only complaint about this novel is making the villains seem like the good guys while they're really the bad guys but the good guys - no the bad guys.  Kind of like running into a brick wall and finding out it was only wooden.  That makes it seem not so bad, right?  You guys probably have no idea what I'm talking about...  Regardless, I'm still a major fan of Kelley Armstrong's books.

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

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