Apr 18, 2013

Review--The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

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.

The Rising is Kelley Armstrong's conclusion to her second trilogy, Darkness Rising and it was quite the read! For the past three years we've been reading this series that happens day to day for the teens, so it was hard for me to remember everything that went down.

Maya, Corey and Daniel have been separated from their friends and now they are trying to regroup and figure out their next plan. They have a name of someone who might be able to help them, but that doesn't give them many details considering there is more than one person with that name listed in the phone book. And even when they do call, it's to find out that very person has died. But help still comes in a very surprising way and I won't say who, but move on.

This one was pretty exciting! Maya ends up getting taken again by the Cabal hunting for them and comes face to face with her father, which she had already known from last time around. The unsettling part is that she realizes he's not too bad of a guy, but still a stranger.

It seems with both of these trilogies, the teenagers do a lot of running and hiding. Maya and her friends are already tiring of that kind of life, but what else can they do? After yet another escape attempt, Maya and her friends are given trusted information to find the Project Genesis teens who had escaped and were living under the radar--obviously not so true if these guys know where they are. And it's then, around page 290, that Maya and crew finally meet Chloe and gang!! I had been anticipating this since it was first mentioned that the teens would finally meet.

And you can bet that the first point of contact did not go over smoothly with Derek! It was fun being able to see Chloe and Derek--and everyone else--through Maya's eyes. She was able to pick up on things about them that we already knew about, but still I enjoyed that crossover! And for the next hundred or so pages the teens ban together and try to take back control of their lives from the Cabals who are set on ruling/ruining them.

The Rising was a pretty fast paced read and filled with excitement and tension! Out little love triangle comes to blows as well and naturally, since it's the conclusion, a decision is made. People have been saying they're not surprised by it, but for some reason I think I was for a little while, but I think by the end of the second book I kind of figured it all out. It's been too long since I last read it, so I can't say for certain!

I very much enjoyed seeing one character from Kelley's Otherworld series and even just the mentioning of a few others. It really brings both of these worlds together and that's definitely one of the things I enjoyed about these two trilogies. Even knowing that the teens won't bump into Clay and Elena, it was still fun having them all in the same world and learning about the adults!

The Rising was definitely an exciting and wonderful conclusion to Maya's story. I am only saddened because it doesn't seem like Kelley has plans for another trilogy in this world, but I can't wait to see what else Kelley might cook up in the YA world! Darkness Rising and The Darkest Powers are two paranormal YA series that I highly recommend!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

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