The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

TheGatheringTitle: The Gathering

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Mystery/Paranormal

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 359

Rating: 4.5/5

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.

In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

I loved Kelley Armstrong’s first young adult trilogy, Darkest Powers. I was so sad when it was over, even though it had a decent ending, but then I heard that Armstrong was starting a new trilogy, Darkness Rising, also set in the universe of Darkest Powers but with a new set of characters and I was excited once more. It would have been so disappointing if I found out that this series didn’t live up to the first, but personally I think it was just as great, possibly better.

For one thing, I love the characters in this one. Sure, the characters in Darkest Powers were great, but there were one or two who I didn’t enjoy as much, but there were probably fewer in this book that I didn’t like. This book is set in Canada so there are some characters of Native background that we get to learn about. The small town where the book is set, Salmon Creek, also means that there are plenty of small town quirks – and when I say small town, I mean really small, as in most of the citizens are introduced in the book.

I liked the mystery of trying to figure out what’s going on in Salmon Creek, who Maya really is, and who Rafe and his sister really are. There are twists that I didn’t see coming, but things still seemed to fit into the world that Armstrong has created. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book – even though the end sort of wrapped things up, it also left plenty to wonder about for the next book. 2012 can’t come soon enough.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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