Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.
About the Darkness Rising series
Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel…different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet
Favourite Character/s: Daniel, Maya, Kenjii
Favourite Pairing/s: Daniel/Maya
Favourite Cover: The Gathering
Favourite Book: The Calling
Why I liked this series
The first two books were just pure fun and fast-paced.
The setting of Salmon Creek and Vancouver Island was wonderful, too, and I loved the ‘medical research town’ vibe that The Gathering especially had. Although this series dealt with a particularly overdone topic – ‘werewolves’ or ‘skin-walkers’ – there was enough to differentiate it against other YA series of the same genre I’d read in the past.
Maya was a lovely main character – not afraid to be in charge, yet still retained her sensitivity. She was also Native American, which was a nice change of pace.
Why I disliked this series
Mainly because it didn’t really go anywhere. There was so much missed potential in terms of plot development where the Cabals and the supernatural kids were concerned. I was unhappy with the ending, too, and the way some relationships ultimately came to be in the epilogue.
I never warmed up to Rafe, despite him being the main love interest. His inclusion in the story wasn’t my favourite, nor was the introduction of Maya’s brother Ash in the last book, or the other secondary characters that suddenly appeared in the finale.
I mourn this series purely because it could have been so much better.
Would I read this series again? I’ve read book one twice, but I don’t think I’d read the series again.
Would I recommend this series? I think so – but I’d issue a warning that it doesn’t really reach its potential.
This series in one word: Ineffectual (it doesn’t sound so harsh as ‘pointless’!)