Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: The Rising (Darkness Rising #3) by Kelley Armstrong

The Rising (Darkness Rising #3)
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.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Kat's Review
This is the first series I've read by Kelley Armstrong, and I'm hooked.  She's a great storyteller, and managed to make a series about Supernatural teens feel authentic.  That it's set in Canada drew me in because most books are set elsewhere, but she brought to life much of what makes living in Canada unique to this country, while appealing to an international audience. 
The series revolves around a group of teenagers raised in a remote community in British Columbia whose parents all work for the same corporation.  What the kids don't know is that the corporation deals in Supernaturals, and that they are all subjects.  Each kid has a power, although they aren't all aware of what their power is or what the side effects might be.  When they are kidnapped and almost murdered, Maya and her friends run for their lives, while at the same time trying to figure out how to save those who have been captured and how to let their families know they're still alive. 
This series is the perfect YA read.  The teenagers are the main characters, and their relationships have all the elements of real teen relationships without crossing over into more mature material.  The books have danger, romance, tension, and humor.  The author treats the teens as smart, capable beings, but also shows their need for adult guidance and help.  A difficult balance to achieve. 
I found myself wanting to jump ahead to see how certain elements were resolved, although I restrained myself.  The pacing was good and the plot complex enough that I couldn't guess what was going to happen next.
Rating: A Good Read
This series is enjoyable even for people who don't like books about the supernatural.  I was satisfied with the way the series ended, providing enough closure to make readers happy, but also leaving room for the series to be picked up at a later date. 
I bought this book.

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