Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 359
Series: Darkness Rising
(Spin-off of the Darkest Powers trilogy)   
Publisher: Atom     
Edition: UK paperback

Goodreads Summary:

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. 

My Review:

As much as I loved the Darkest Powers trilogy I way preferred this one, the plot was just as good it was just as exciting and mysterious but I liked the characters in this book so much better. Maya was a courageous heroine she didn't always need to be saved she could handle herself. Daniel was the perfect sweet but slightly over- protective best friend and Rafe was the dangerous, mysterious but irresistible new guy. The supernatural aspect kind of took a back-seat in the story. It's set in the same world as the Darkest Powers books but you hardly notice. I usually only read fantasy type books so you think that would bother me but I didn't mind at all I loved the book and it has inspired me to try some more contemporary books. The only problem I had with this book was a lot of questions were asked and most were left unanswered but then again there are two books left and plenty of time for those questions to be answered I for one will most definitely be reading The Calling(book #2) as soon as it comes out!       

First Sentence:I stood under the tree and glared up at the three-legged bobcat.

What I loved the most about this book: Its has to be Maya's relationship with her parents(I know random) it's super funny but also really sweet. 

Favourite Character: This one's really tough but I have to say Daniel(I love Rafe but I'm totally team Daniel). 

Favourite Quote:"Yes you're getting your tattoo." I threw my arms around Dad's neck. "Thank you!" "Hey," Mom said. "I'm the one who had to persuade him it wasn't turning his little girl into a streetwalker." "I never said that," Dad said. "No?" I said. "Cool. Cause I've decided to skip the paw print. I'm thinking of a tramp stamp with flames that says 'Hot in Here.' No wait. Arrows. For directionally challenged guys"                                                                       

Overall Rating: 8 stars
Cover Rating:B at first I thought the US copy was nicer but I think it suits the story it's creepy and somehow kind of mysterious.


  1. I still haven't finished the Darkest Powers trilogy! I must get onto that! This one sounds great, I look forward to reading it too. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm a new follower! Saw your post over at Goodreads. :-)

  2. Thank you for following!
    I think the series gets better as it goes on and the newest is the best by far, keep reading it is definitely worth it! :)

  3. Love the review!!
    I am a new follower! Glad I came across your blog!!

    Would love it if you come by my new book blog too! :D


  4. The cover is definitely attention-grabbing. I may have to try this series.

    Thanks for stopping by Read Love. Like you, I'm just getting started with my blog. Please keep coming by!