Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Rising

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong. Final book in the Darkness Rising series. 
The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)
Book description: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. (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:So I had anticipated this book pretty much by the time I was done reading and rereading the previous two books. I was expecting it to be really exciting, fast paced and a great ending that answered all my questions. And it kinda wasn't. Maya and her friends, which are only Danial and Corey now, have escaped the Cabels, companies that have revived the genes that made the teens ancestors powerful, supernatural beings. Things like witches, werewolves, and skin-walkers. Maya is a skin-walker. And she has been running from one Cabel who seems to want her for something, another might or might not protect her. And they are running out of places to go. They follow up on a lead, which turns out to be dead (literally) and she feels like she's running out of options. Those who were a part of the operations and missions of re-enabling the genes in the children and didn't agree after a while have mainly disappeared or won't help. Maya and her friends are getting boxed in when a bit of hope comes in the meeting with her twin brother. Who she'd never before met. And then the Nasts move in to capture them...

Pros:This was an adequate ending (more later) and a pretty good book. The characters are just great. Maya is a great main character and although she doesn't necessarily grow in this book, you can see how she's grown past what she was in the beginning. And there are definitely some things that she has to go through, like meeting her brother and facing the fact that their mother gave her up in order to keep him. Daniel is such a sweetie! He's a great leader and he's the typical suffering best guy friend who loves know the story. I was totally rooting for him. Although I was rooting for Daniel I loved Rafe almost as much. He was a great sport, funny, sarcastic at times and loved his sister bunches. The plot was pretty good and although not as fast paced as the other books this one was still pretty exciting! There were a good many chases, captures and attacks. Not to mention the murder attempts... Secrets come out and it was a good ending to the series :)

Cons:I really didn't feel the connection between this ending and the other books. It was like they had been fighting, Maya was a fighter and then she just kinda gave up and wanted to talk it out. And that disappointed me although overall I did think the series was ended well. I get that they didn't think they could escape or run and everything was getting all tangled up and they couldn't escape. But it still seemed a little off :/ Otherwise there were times that were a little slow and boring. But still exciting too. Content wise there was brief drinking, very brief mention of someone being gay, some shooting, injuries, stealing, and attacks. Also minor demons, demon hunters & skin-walkers etc. Language wise there was a good bit, 119 words.
Overall, I liked it but the ending was a little off :/ 
Rating:3.5 stars
Love, Sierra


  1. I hadn't heard of this series before. Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, happy to be diverse! (I get bored otherwise)


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