The Gathering Review

Posted April 29, 2011 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Gathering ReviewThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on April 12, 2011
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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.

Until now.

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.

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Review

In Kelley Armstrong’s newest YA series we enter a new world with new secrets and dilemmas in a small isolated town on Vancouver island. The Gathering was a good read that even with its predictable moments still managed to keep my interest with the mystery behind the town.

We follow Maya, the main character, a native to the town as strange things begin to happen to her and the community. Death, strange actions from the animals and the arrival of new students, potential love interest Rafe and his sister (who I found to be the most interesting character out of them all). Maya was a good character to read about since the story is told in first person. While she wasn’t boring or annoying she wasn’t as interesting as I thought she would be especially with the things happening to and around her. Rafe, your typical mysterious bad boy brought a little intrigue to the story through I wished for more action and interaction from him. The chemistry between Rafe and Maya was believable, not your typical love at first sight situation. It grew and formed with all the bumps that a real relationships have.

What got me interested in reading The Gathering was the mystery behind the town and finding out what secrets lay hidden.

The focus of the story was more towards what was happening to Maya which to me was a bit predictable though how she found the answers was what kept things interesting. Though I wish the focus was more on the town secrets this is the start of a series so maybe those secrets will be brought to light which will really bring drama to the story and I can’t wait. 

Overall The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong was a good story that I enjoyed reading. Readers, give this one a shot.

 

3 Stars