Review: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on December 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Review: The Rising by Kelley ArmstrongThe Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #3
Published by HarperTeen (4.2.2013)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 406 pages
Source: I own it

4 Stars

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.

My thoughts

Out of the entire series, I think that this book is the best one! I was very pleased with a few little twists that were added, and it made it overall more enjoyable. And I don’t want to say why without using spoiler tags because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone!

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The first half was kind of slow, honestly. It didn’t pick up until the appearance of what I mentioned in the spoiler tag. The first half would probably be 3 stars, but the second half was more like 4 stars. I was originally going to give this book 3.5/5, but I enjoyed the second half so much that I decided on 4/5. View Spoiler »

And the next part I can’t talk about without spoilers, either…because I didn’t know about it until it happened and I wouldn’t have wanted to know. (Actually, if I’d have known I might have dreaded reading it, and it would have ruined some of the enjoyment. So if you haven’t read this, don’t read the next part!)

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Something that bothered me, and it’s something that’s been throughout the whole series: The portrayal of adults being rather obtuse. Every time the kids were about to get caught, they would throw someone out to be the diversion while the rest got away. And when I say every time, it happened like a dozen times. I feel like most of this series was a lot of running, almost getting caught, and someone sacrificing themselves so the rest could get away, until no one was left but Daniel and Maya. It happened over and over again, and in the final running sequence it seemed non-believable because it had happened too often already.

It should have been a desperate situation, but it never really felt desperate. View Spoiler » There never seemed to be any real danger.

Am I satisfied with the ending? Mostly. View Spoiler »


Overall Assessment

Plot: 4/5 
Premise: 4/5 
Writing style: 4/5 
Originality: 3.5/5 
Characters: 4/5 
Pace: 4/5 
Feels: 3.5/5 
Cover: 3/5 
Overall rating: 4/5

The Darkness Rising Trilogy

the gathering The Calling the rising kelley armstrong

Overall series rating:



New Guy (Darkness Rising #1.5) – ★★½
Invitation (Darkness Rising #1.6) – ★★★½
Atoning (Darkness Rising #3.1) – ★★★★

Jessi (Geo)

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One response to “Review: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

  1. I hope nobody reads the comments because this might be a bit spoil-ish, but YESSSSSSSS, THE CAMEOS! That was definitely the best part of the book.
    Yeah, I agree, most of the series is about the group running, but I keep enjoying it for some reason, probably because of the way Kelley could make me feel nervous and SO into the moment.

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