I recently completed The Calling by Louise G White. I can instantly tell a good book from the fact I want to purchase the next book in the series immediately after finishing it. If it hadn’t been for the fact I would have to crawl out of bed in the early hours to do so, I would have done. I was however very restrained and settled to buying it earlier this morning.
I have been really fortunate of late, in the sense that I seem to have read so many good books one after the other. Although I do make a point to only review those I enjoy, as I don’t want to give a poor review simply because a book doesn’t appeal to my tastes. However as I say, of late I have been really fortunate with my selection.
In my best spoiler free description, The Calling follows the story of Carolyn, a young lady who watches her mother being torn from her by an unknown force, a force she later discovers she is drawn to by ‘The Calling’. She finds herself pursued by people she refers to as ‘suits’, trying to stay ahead of them, whist also searching for answers about what happened to her mother and brother. During the story she finds allies who help her to understand better who and what she is.
The characters of the story are real, having an array of emotions and reactions to the situations they are confronted with, as well as their own unique connections and personalities. The plot moves at a brilliant pace and it is easy to get lost in. I often kept thinking, just one more chapter, only to find myself awake in the early hours, and last night, there was no way I was going to put it down without finishing it.
The book is certainly a paranormal fantasy, and its sequel has already jumped several books on my reading list since I can’t wait to find out what happens next. When the story finished, I really wasn’t ready for it to end, yet another sign of a good book. Target wise it would appeal to the young adult and adult market. I also don’t say this about too many books, but it has the potential to be an entertaining series, attracting fans from a variety of fandoms inclusive of things such as SG1, Vampire diaries, dare I say it, Buffy the Vampire slayer, Angel, Grimm, etc, not that the book features vampires, but the plot and characters seem suited to an array of series genres and would likely attract a following from fans of works such as these.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style, and I could see some similarities between her style, and that of L.J. Smith in her Nightworld, Vampire diaries, and Dark visions series. Don’t get me wrong, The Calling has no plot or character similarities, to these books, but it has the same character development and plot driving feel to it.
All in all a fantastic read.