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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Released: February 13th 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #6
Published by Valkyrie Press
“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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