Definite second-book-syndrome. I mean, when people say in middle books the characters are merely running around and biding time for the grand finale, they don't mean that the characters should actually
be running around biding time for the grand finale. The Calling
found our protagonist & co. running around a forest for the most of the book, getting lost, avoiding bad guys, getting suckered, conveniently overhearing or discovering "important plot points" and trying to solve a mystery while neck deep in the middle of nowhere.
And the conclusion? Yeah, you can't
solve a mystery when you're neck deep in the middle of nowhere. While the characters and humour move this book along, there's plenty of frustration while reading. For example, at what point did Maya decide to take things she learned from people that I
would deem at the very least slightly questionable as pure fact? Why are all new clues always conveniently overheard or stumbled upon in cabins in the middle of the woods?
This book also has a lack of satisfying resolution and a cliffhanger ending like the first. So... on to the finale for all the answers!
The only thing I'm got out of this book is that I'm totally shipping Daniel/Maya at this point. I can ship an non-existing couple, right? Oh god, I'm actually wishing
for a love triangle!