March 21, 2013

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

The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication:
April 9th 2013 by HarperCollins

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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.


     Wow, that was a fabulous conclusion to the Darkness Rising series! It ended up pretty much exactly how I wanted to. I know many people complain about this series (especially the second book) because ALL THEY DO is hide in the woods. Well, if you weren't a fan of the second book, you probably won't be a huge fan of the third one either because a huge chunk of this book is set in the wilderness too. As for me- well they DID spend a lot of time in the forest, but I never felt like the book was dragging.

     The love triangle of Maya, Daniel, and R comes to a head in this third book. The relationship triangle is resolved and I am SO HAPPY with the way it was! (But I won't reveal who Maya decides to be with). I think the author was very true to who Maya is as a character by writing the ending that she did and although the book didn't go the way I expected, I was incredibly satisfied with the way it did.

     The only downside to this book and series? I didn't really get to know any of the side characters as much as I wanted to. I want to know more about Haley, Corey, Sam, and the new characters introduced. I wish that the author could write a novella or something set in the future to give me closure about these characters.

     All in all this was a fabulous book and the end to a very solid series. I am eager to see where this author goes next- I really enjoy her style of writing and am a fan of the stories that she creates!

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  1. So excited to read this book. I don't really mind them spending time in the woods, especially if it doesn't drag. Thanks for the guest review, Amanda!

  2. I just won an ARC of this and I am so excited. I have not read the series yet because I was waiting for all the books to come out. Now I can't wait to get started!

  3. This sounds awesome! Thanks for the great review :)

  4. I like Kelley Armstrong but I haven't read this series yet so I guess I better get started at the beginning before this one comes out since it sounds so good. :D

  5. This sounds like an awesome read. I definitely want to read this book. Thanks for the review.

  6. Aw, nards! I have The Gathering but haven't started it, yet. Though, I'm alittle hesitant as I've been subjected to a lot (A LOT) of books featuring love triangles, which I'm sorta getting tired of. But I definitely need to hurry through my other reads and start on this one. Thanks for the review.

  7. I'm so glad this is a solid end to the series!! I've really liked it so far and didn't want the last book to end on a sour note. Sounds promising!!

  8. I've heard great things about this series! I haven't gotten my hands on the first book yet but I'm really looking forward to reading it :)

  9. I've heard great things about this series. I haven't gotten my hands on the first book yet, but I'm really looking forward to reading it :)

  10. I bought this book the other day and just finished it yesterday. It was amazing! I came online to see what others thought of it as well, but everywhere I look says it isn't supposed to be released until April 2... I guess my local bookstore made a mistake and put it out on their shelves early. Oops for them but lucky me! Definitely worth reading. The ending was great for BOTH groups, which I loved, but I won't spoil any more from there!

  11. I really love the series, and I can't wait to read The Rising.....but I got so sad to read tha Kelley is not planing (for now) to continue this amazing series......


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