Review: The Rising

July 7, 2013 Review 6 ★★★★½

Review: The Rising
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
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Publisher: Atom
Source: Purchased
Pages: 407
Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Series: Darkness Rising #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.

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Finishing series is a very scary thing. Especially series I love by authors I worship. I think one of the reasons I “saved” THE RISING for so long was being so scared to see it come to an end, as well as lack of time. Either way I am so happy I finally had the time to sit down and read this straight through in a single day because this book

Just like THE CALLING the action is practically nonstop, though there are slower moments as Maya and co figure out what they are doing and reflect on things. They are almost constantly running and evading capture. It’s exciting stuff. Meeting some new characters I never expected to see, as well as meeting some old ones, made the novel even more enjoyable for me. There were also a tonne of connections to and mentions of characters from Armstrong’s adult urban fantasy series. Which I LOVED. I love the overlap and those characters and to see/hear about them in THE RISING really made the novel for me.

As usual in Armstrong novels, there was also a lot of character development. Everyone changed and made critical decisions. Some of those were romantic ones, but these never once inhibited the plot. There is probably less romance in THE RISING than in the other books combined.  Relationships evolved further and I can’t really talk too much about this without spoilers dammit. I guess I’ll just say some of the choices made and the solutions found were things I never even considered before and are actually quite mature.

Overall I am incredibly happy with the way the Darkness Rising series ended. It has come to its conclusion and I like how it fits neatly in the extensive world Armstrong created through this series along with the Darkest Powers and Otherworld novels. It would be so awesome to glimpse a look at the gang in a few years times when they are adults, to see how their solution is working out. And to see the Otherworld characters meet the YA ones. But I have a feeling that that probably won’t happen…  Still I will be forever dreaming of a crossover.

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Overall: 4.5

6 Responses to “Review: The Rising”

  1. Alise

    Sounds like this was an excellent conclusion to the series! I love that all of her characters are in the same world and can meet each other! Great review, Bec!

    • Bec

      You must read them! I have read almost everything she’s ever published and it’s all fantastic.

    • Bec

      Oooh, I hope you do get to pick her books up. And enjoy them! She’s a really fantastic writer.

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