ARC Review: The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole

Posted February 12, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 18 Comments

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ARC Review: The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole
The Dark Calling
by Kresley Cole

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 13th 2018
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #6
Published by Valkyrie Press
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
 

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“I couldn’t put this [THE DARK CALLING] down.”
~ Under the Covers

Do you ever have that feeling while you’re reading a book that you both love it and at the same time want to pull your hair out?  That’s kind of what happened to me with this book.  Honestly, this series always has me doing that but I was anticipating a resolution in THE DARK CALLING because I was under the wrong impression that this would be the last book in the series.  Guys, we are not finished yet.  This book isn’t the end.  That makes me happy and irritates me at the same time.

But lets go in order.  THE DARK CALLING picks up as soon as ARCANA RISING left off.  It’s hard to review without giving you spoilers for that book so suffice it to say that last thing we find out about Evie comes to play a role in this book.  All the doubts that I had while reading that book also disappeared quickly as I got into this one.  And then even more s**t happens to throw things for a loop.

This book was a fun and interesting ride deeper into the world of the Arcana and we are getting closer to the end.  I couldn’t put this down.  A lot of things are clarified, some secrets are revealed and the big question of who is the unactivated card is finally answered.  I think this world is extremely cool and I am happy that Ms. Cole is delving a little deeper.  I think continuing the series makes sense from a world building perspective and I’m 100% along for that ride because I do love the game.

Here’s where I want to pull my hair out.  The love triangle.  Yes, it’s pretty obvious.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again.  I love both of these guys.  I can completely relate to Evie and not being able to choose one over the other because I love both of them as much as she loves both of them.  But girl, just pick one!  I also understand that maybe the author has a reason in mind to close out the love triangle at the end of the series but at this point I feel like both guys are just hanging on to have their hearts broken.  Over and over again.  I can’t believe I’m actually leaning towards one more than the other, but I think I’m heading in the Death direction.  He just makes my heart beat a little faster.  If you are reading this series…how about you?

OK but enough of that.  Now the characters.  I actually found Evie a lot less annoying in this book than in the previous book.  Yes, some things were not perfect moments and some of her reactions made me want to slap her silly at times.  But she’s 17 and has had her mind messed with repeatedly!  So in this book, I was able to forgive her for those.  Death like I said before just made my heart beat a little faster.  And Jack, well, I feel like Jack in a way gave me some closure as my own decision leans towards Death.

The ante for the game has been upped.  There’s actions and battles, and yes even some death.  Some comes shockingly easy and some unexpectedly.  But the Arcana have a game to play to restore the world, right?  I can’t wait to continue on this ride.

 

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About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. She has also written five award-winning historical romances.

Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures--ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie--that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Darynda
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Darynda

So excited for this! Thanks for the review!!!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!!! I can’t wait to read this new book! I love this series so much,while I do love Jack I’ve always been a Aric(death) girl!! He’s so dark and sexy!! Shared on all my socials!!

Amy R
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Thanks for the review.

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Elizabeth

Great review! A perfect summation without giving too much away.

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Darynda

So excited for this! Thanks for the review!!!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!!! I can’t wait to read this new book! I love this series so much,while I do love Jack I’ve always been a Aric(death) girl!! He’s so dark and sexy!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Great review! A perfect summation without giving too much away.

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Thanks Francesca for the review

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Thanks Francesca for the review

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Dayna Janzen

You thought Evie was less annoying in this book? I felt the complete opposite. I can’t really back up my statement and be completely spoiler free but I will say this: Evie’s character development has been zero in this book. She’s still seems like that same self centered, immature 16 year old who she was is book 1 (Poison Princess). No personal growth whatsoever! I think Evie needs to be boyfriendless & focus on more important things. The way she dicks those boys around is disgusting & I hope they both tell her to go pound salt 😉 She needs… Read more »

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Gabby

I agree with you on the fact that Evie is a seriously annoying charterer. And I do love both personalities that Aric and Jack have. #BROMANCE #GANKEEVIE!

#WE.DONT.LOVE.DEM.HOES!

Dayna Janzen
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Dayna Janzen

You thought Evie was less annoying in this book? I felt the complete opposite. I can’t really back up my statement and be completely spoiler free but I will say this: Evie’s character development has been zero in this book. She’s still seems like that same self centered, immature 16 year old who she was is book 1 (Poison Princess). No personal growth whatsoever! I think Evie needs to be boyfriendless & focus on more important things. The way she dicks those boys around is disgusting & I hope they both tell her to go pound salt 😉 She needs… Read more »

Gabby
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Gabby

I agree with you on the fact that Evie is a seriously annoying charterer. And I do love both personalities that Aric and Jack have. #BROMANCE #GANKEEVIE!

#WE.DONT.LOVE.DEM.HOES!

Gabrielle Cole
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Gabrielle Cole

I love all aspects of this book. Im in love completely. Jacks farewell had me in tears! Kresley Cole you give me exactly what I need in then some!
HAIL TAR RO!

Gabrielle Cole
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Gabrielle Cole

I love all aspects of this book. Im in love completely. Jacks farewell had me in tears! Kresley Cole you give me exactly what I need in then some!
HAIL TAR RO!

Daniela
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Daniela

no he leído este libro porque aun no aprendí la lectura en ingles , aun así pero por lo que leo es un final bastante largo espero, realmente, que todo termine bien para sus enamorados y también necesito ver que se La Reina Roja 🙂 Saludos desde Argentina (si saben de una versión es español e los agradecería)

Daniela
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Daniela

no he leído este libro porque aun no aprendí la lectura en ingles , aun así pero por lo que leo es un final bastante largo espero, realmente, que todo termine bien para sus enamorados y también necesito ver que se La Reina Roja 🙂 Saludos desde Argentina (si saben de una versión es español e los agradecería)