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Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox by Tim Ostermeyer
Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin
Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Daylight Moonlight by Matt Patterson
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl
Nicking Time by T. Traynor
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
So Thick the Fog by Catherine Pomeroy Stewart
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Happy Place: Living the Good Life in America by Bentz Plagemann
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for The Calling

The Calling: 10/25/13

cover artThe Calling by Kelley Armstrong is the sequel to The Gathering. It opens with Maya and others in a helicopter trying to escape a forest fire. Rather than head to the mainland, the helicopter is heading north into the wilderness. Except they don't make it because the helicopter crashes!

The misadventures of Maya and friends makes Chloe's trip to Upstate New York seem like a cakewalk. Derring-do abounds. Thankfully, too, Maya has a much better handle over her transformative abilities than Derek who was constantly disrupting the plot with his melodramatic urges.

This book requires reading The Gathering first. The timeline is tight, though not as ludicrously tight as The Darkest Powers series. Also, like The Rules, the number one thing that Maya must remember is Trust No One (especially on a sparsely populated island).

My one quibble with the series is that all the books have gerund titles (as do all the Darkest Powers books). It makes it really difficult to remember the order of the books. For this series, I settled on calling them by their jacket art color.

Five stars

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