Apr 9, 2013

The Rising By: Kelley Armstrong Review

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The Rising (Darkness Rising #3)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 406
Rating: 3.5/5
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 Timesbestselling Darkness Rising trilogy.
     The Rising by Kelley Armstrong is the third and final instalment in the Darkness Rising trilogy. I have been a fan of this world Kelley Armstrong has created since the first book in the Darkest Powers series, The Summoning, so when I had this book finally in my hands, I was more than ready to devour it!

     The Rising wastes no time getting right into the action. Maya, Daniel and Corey are on the run and quickly find out that they need to join forces with the teens part of Project Genesis. The Rising really is a book that was hard to put down because there was always something happening that made your heart race. One thing I love about Kelley Armstrong's YA series is the dynamic of adult vs. teens. Having a book where the teens are running for their lives from adults (the people you would suspect to actually help them) makes for a mind blowing, anxious reading experience! I LOVE it!

     At the end of the last book in the Darkest Power series, The Reckoning, I was jumping up and down, hug your bookshelf excited at the possibility of seeing Chloe, Derek, Simon and the gang again in this series. When I did some "intense investigating" (AKA google) I found out that this "reunion" would be happening in The Rising, and it sure did! I was so happy to see my Darkest Power characters again and seeing how the characters from this series interacted with them. I definitely would say that after seeing the characters from both of the series together....I like The Darkest Power gang a bit more than The Darkness Rising-- I wish I could read another Chloe Saunders book! Aside from seeing The Project Genesis teens once again, I also want to point out that there was some additional character overlap in The Rising with Kelley Armstrong's adult Otherworld series! I absolutely love it when authors make bridges between their series-- makes the worlds they create a lot more intricate!

     When I reviewed The Calling, I remember voicing my concerns about a possible love triangle between Maya and two other important male characters. Unfortunately, my concerns turned out to be true and there was a love triangle between these characters woven into the story. If you don't want to know spoilers about who Maya ends up with, I wouldn't recommend reading my review for The Calling because I reveal my preferred Team in ALL CAPS style :P My problem with the love triangle wasn't even the fact that it was a love triangle, it was that it was developed very suddenly. For two books now I've been used to Maya and one guy together, and the sudden possibility of Maya and 'someone else' kind of threw me off. Who Maya ends up with was a bit surprising, and I'm not necessarily sure I'm happy with the way the 'other guy' was dismissed....I don't know why, but love triangles have been a bit disappointing for me lately.....

Favourite Quotes...

"Yep, it's a forest. Trees, trees, and more trees."
"Deciduous or coniferous?" I asked.
He opened one eye. "English?"
"Leaves or needles?"


I twisted to see Rafe there.
He crouched to eye level. "I didn't mean to startle you. i thought I heard voices earlier, so I jogged over and Hayley said you were in here. She made me wait until she could be sure you weren't naked anymore."
I chuffed.
"Yeah, I was disappointed, too."


"I don't suppose you remember where you left your clothing," Daniel murmured to me.
Chloe gave a soft laugh. "That's always a problem, isn't it? Okay then. You two go find that. We'll meet you here. Hopefully everyone will be in human form." A wry smile. "Though I'll warn you, he's not a whole lot more pleasant that way. At least as a wolf he can't talk."
The wolf growled, but she only laughed and gave him a pat, then tugged him away as we went to retrieve my clothing.


     Overall, I was satisfied with the ending of The Darkness Rising series. The Rising has lots of action and surprising revelations that make reaching the last page really sad. Kelley Armstrong has said that she is releasing a YA series in 2014, but I'm not necessarily sure if that series will remain in the same setting as the both Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series-- fingers crossed though! Have you read The Rising? Which YA series do you like better: Darkest Powers or Darkness Rising? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!

Your Y.A. Bookworm,
Caitlin <3

The Rising (Darkness Rising) @ Amazon

**Maya looks so bad-ass in this trailer with her creepy smile and scary wolf eyes ;P**


  1. I loved both of them but I lean a little more to Chloe and co. Excited for this. Can't wait for it. Thanks for the review.

  2. Nice! I have this one coming in the mail so I haven't read it yet. I can't recall the love triangle since I read the second book too long ago, but I vaguely recall one and thought it popped up out of nowhere as well.

    Looking forward to seeing Chloe and the gang again as well as I have been hearing about their appearance in this book! Even though I still have to finish this trilogy, I think I like Chloe's books a tiny bit more. Probably because they were the first ones and I loved them and I was comparing Maya and her friends to them. Which probably isn't fair, but I do still enjoy Maya's books!

    Great review! Cannot wait to read this one!

  3. The love triangle was hinted at in book two but kind of made a very sudden appearance in this book-- I really wasn't a fan of how little time I had to even process the possibility of another guy with Maya!

    I think I just find the dynamic between Chloe and the gang much more entertaining to read ! It was harder for me to love the Darkness Rising kids as much as I love the Darkest Powers-- but like you, I still enjoy Maya's story.

    Hope you end up liking it !

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  5. Nice to read this review.Thank you so much for sharing this.

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