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On the heels of the wildly popular "The Darkest Powers" series comes the first in another supernatural YA trilogy from New York Times bestelling author Kelley Armstrong.

Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can't find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students — for every grade from kindergarten to twelve. Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya's determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya's home, and they won't go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts getting negative vibes from certain people and things. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret — and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy: Her paw-print birthmark.


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Why do I feel so unsatisfied? I know, it's because Ms. Armstrong does not finish her YA books. This book rocked- great characters, burgeoning plot excitement, possible love triangle.... Then it ends, no resolution- nada. Where have I seen this before? Oh, yeah. The Darkest Powers series. But when I discovered Darkest Powers all three were out, so it was a little less annoying when it ended halfway through the story.
Oh, well. Worth the read, but I'd suggest waiting until the next book releases, next year so you don't hurt your foot kicking it against the wall when this book ends.more
I had to wait for spring break to read this one, because I knew I wasn't going to want to put it down once I started. As a fan of Kelley Armstrong, I'm glad to say that her newest effort doesn't disappoint.

A solid start to Armstrong's "new" YA series, The Gathering introduces new characters--Maya, Daniel, Rafe, Annie, Nicole, and Sam, among others--more teens involved in her previous series' Project Genesis. Other characters, places, and situations from the first trilogy, Darkest Powers, are mentioned and hinted at: the "disaster" in Buffalo, Dr. Davidoff, the St. Cloud cabal...even a mysterious reference to Elizabeth "Liz" Delaney, who, interestingly enough, shares a last name with the Maya of this book. At one point, Maya mentions a statue of "some guy called Samuel Lyle" that stands in her town, though she has no idea who he is, let alone that a bright yellow house that shares his name exists on the other side of the continent. At some point the characters from both YA series' lives will intersect, though it appears to be very much in the future. For much of this book, Maya and her friends have no idea that their lives are not at all what they seem, and even by the end most of the characters appear to still be in the dark.

Readers familiar with Chloe's story will sense the impending mystery on the horizon much sooner than Maya does. Since I know what the St. Cloud Corporation really are and what Davidoff and his group are involved in, I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. It takes a while for this book to get there, though, and once it does it's almost over. I was okay with that, however, since it means there's more to come. We see a lot more of Maya's "normal" life than we did of Chloe's, which really helps to underscore the idea that these teens have grown up in this world and don't have a clue that there is anything strange going on in it. Chloe's early life really was pretty much a normal one (once she got the pendant from her mother, anyway--and what happened before that could easily be explained away as overactive childish imaginings), but Maya only thinks hers is. As readers begin to get an idea of why Maya would be a part of Project Genesis ("Better Supernatural Living Through Science", I kept thinking back to Armstrong's short story set in this universe, "Kat", where the main character's guardian assured her that there were no such things as werecats. Maybe not, but....

My only real complaint with this book is that we have to wait another year for book two. Cruel, that's what that is. :-)more
Last year, I read and really enjoyed Armstrong's teen series that begins with The Summoning. Later, I tried her Women of the Otherworld series and was not impressed, but I am planning to at least start book two before giving up on her adult fiction entirely. This new series is set in the same world as the previous, but does not have too much crossover, at least not that I've noticed (and my memory's not great, so I might have missed something). Davidoff is the only character name I recognized from before.

The plot holds few surprises, and those, generally, were not the big ones. Her relationship choices were inevitable, and future relationship drama is emerging along clearly defined lines. The emergence of the fantasy elements of the story was wholly expected as well. If you like to be completely caught off guard by your book, then Armstrong might not be for you. Remember that Armstrong has a strong basis in paranormal romance, so there are certain elements that are just going to happen a certain way.

That does not change the fact that her YA novels are compulsively readable. They go down quick and easy, and leave you wanting more. Her romances, if the previous series is something I can go by, are very cute, take a long time to come to fruition and may involve some missteps along the way (like dating the wrong guy and then realizing your feelings lie elsewhere). Although it would be repetitive, I hope for the latter yet again, as Rafe's little bad guy routine did nothing to make me like him. Bad boys are good only in certain circumstances, as better detailed in my previous post. I am fully rooting for Daniel. Normally, I would not ship her with the best friend, but I really liked him for some reason and think he has some awesomeness hiding beneath the surface.

If you're looking for something fun to read this spring/summer, you can't go wrong with The Gathering.more
I can't remember when I actually read this - sometime in the spring or early summer, I think, but I must have forgotten to note it here. As usual for Kelley Armstrong this was lots of fun. It's definitely one story told across three books though so as soon as I finished I wanted to pick up the next one.more
Very good. Gets very exciting at the end. Started the next book already...more
I love Kelley Armstrong and even if I don’t get her books as soon as they come out, I still make sure to grab them when I can. She is a favorite of mine. So when I was finally able to pick up The Gathering, I was super excited and started reading it almost immediately.As always the writing and story were fantastic. Easy to read and addictive. You want to keep reading. However, I just didn’t connect with the characters. I liked Daniel and Maya was alright but other than that I just didn’t care about them. I didn’t life Rafe at all. There were only one or two tiny parts where I smiled because of him.I honestly think The Gathering would have gotten at least four stars instead of three if I felt more connected to the characters, because other than that, this was a great book and I can’t wait to read book two, The Calling.more
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: While the novel lacks its own plot arc (Armstrong writes her trilogies as a single story) the characters are strong and memorable, and the Native Canadian mythology the series is based on is awesome. Opening Sentence: Serena stood on the rock ledge twenty feet above the lake, singing in a voice known to bring tears to the eyes of everyone who heard it. The Review: Set in an isolated research community, called Salmon Creek, inside a national park on Vancouver Island, The Gathering has a setting that immediately comes to life. At the beginning of the story, Maya’s recovering from the questionable death of a friend and begins to investigate with the help of her dead friend’s boyfriend Daniel. As they dig deeper they begin to find less answers and more questions about their tiny, classified town. When Maya, whose affinity for animals has led her to helping the injured in the park, learns that there’s more to her birthmark than she could’ve imagined, the story takes off fast. I love the fact that this series is based off of Native Canadian (First Nation) mythology. It added more depth to the paranormal side of the story, knotting the shapeshifters in with folk lore. The concepts Armstrong explores had a lot of potential and she does a great job of planting intriguing seeds in this first installment. Unfortunately, she didn’t stop there. Bringing in an Italian sect of secret hunters was a plot blunder, in my opinion, because they completely pulled me from the story. What were they doing in Vancouver Island? What did they have to do with native legends? But so far the Benandanti haven’t been instrumentally involved and I’ve been able to let them slide. She uses the myth of Skin-walkers to add atmosphere to the already wild setting of Salmon Creek, building a community and characters that I loved to read about. I’m a big fan of Rafe, Maya’s sexy love-interest, because he isn’t a stalker or some broody, over-protective hero. Maya’s a strong woman who deals with her own problems — she doesn’t need Rafe to save her. They have a close, but healthy, relationship. And Rafe’s younger, metally-disabled sister Annie helped deepen the way readers will perceive him. There were a lot of characters beyond Maya and Rafe that I grew attached to. Her parent’s had some great, banter-filled scenes and I loved that Armstrong included them in the story. (Not enough parents in YA, in my honest opinion. They always get left out or stereotyped somehow.) Daniel is her protective best friend and Sam, characterized by her quick temper, is a lot more than meets the eye. The ending was rough. While I appreciate cliffhangers as much as the next bibliophile, The Gathering doesn’t have a complete plot arc. If you’ve read any of Kelley Armstrong’s other series, you’ll see this is something of a pattern. Her stories tend to be cut into three books, with one big, long plot between them. She has a great, image-evoking writing style that’s fun to read, but it didn’t stop me from being frustrated at the end of this novel. Upside, the sequel’s out! So you won’t have hang off a cliff for long. Notable Scene: “Pop goes the weasel!” a boy yelled. Another guy laughed. Footsteps pounded the dry earth so loud they sounded like an oncoming locomotive. A single thought filled my head. Escape. I pulled myself along, dragging my injured leg over a carpet of dead needles— “Maya!” A warm hand grabbed my chin. “Come on, Maya.” I gasped and blinked. I was sitting on the floor. In Daniel’s lap. I bolted to my feel so fast, I elbows him in the stomach. “Thanks,” he wheezed. “Next time I’ll let you hit the floor.” “What happened?” “You fainted.” The corners of his mouth twitched. “I believe swooned is the correct term. It’s not nearly as romantic as it sounds, you know. More like a deadweight collapse. With drool.”FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of The Gathering. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.more
I really enjoyed this new series with its suspense, romance and action. Not surprising, there was a waiting list for the digital title of this book on library2go; borrowed the school's copy and was glad I did. Not up there with Hunger Games for me, but a good read.more
I decided to reread this before reading The Calling (bk 2 in the Darkness Rising series), and since the book was checked out of the library, I grabbed the audiobook instead. It is fun and exciting, with a teeny bit of relationship/interest in it, but, as with the others, it cuts off just as it's gotten good. Glad I listened to this before starting the next!more
Kelly Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I especially love her strong women characters, and her unerring ear for realistic dialogue. She’s also great at romance. The only catch – for some of you anyway – would be that most of her books stray into the paranormal zone. Sixteen-year-old Maya Delaney was adopted shortly after birth, and believes she is Navajo but not sure. She and her architect mom and park ranger dad live in a secluded area of wilderness on Vancouver Island called Salmon Creek. Salmon Creek is a company town, erected by a pharmaceuticals firm doing secret research. Almost everyone in the town of 200 works for the company, St. Cloud, with Maya’s dad being one of the few exceptions. Maya’s best friend, Daniel Bianchi, lives alone with his dad who is a violent alcoholic. So Daniel spends a lot of time at Maya’s place. Formerly, Daniel dated Maya’s good friend Serena, but Serena died in a freak swimming accident, which was especially puzzling because Serena was captain of the school’s swimming team.So first of all, there are a couple of mysteries going on here. What is St. Cloud up to, and how did Serena actually die? But there’s more…Daniel helps Maya take care of stray wild animals brought to her dad, but everyone knows that the animals heal fastest under Maya’s care. There is something about her… And for that matter, there’s something about Daniel….Meanwhile, Maya is being pursued by Rafeal “Rafe” Martinez, who, like Maya, looks Native. He and his older sister Annie live alone in one of the few houses in the area not owned by St. Cloud. At first Maya resists Rafe, considering him to be a “player,” but before long, she falls under his spell. She thinks that, unlike the other girls he has chased, he really likes her, until a big reveal shows that nothing and nobody in Salmon Creek is who they seem to be.Discussion: Daniel and Maya have a wonderful dynamic between them. It's like a fierce family love and loyalty, plus care exercised by each to make sure they don't let stray hormones interfere inappropriately. I also love the relationship between Maya and her parents. The three of them are respectful of each other, but also teasing and loving and trusting. It makes you feel warm just "being around" them. This is one of my favorite passages, when Maya's dad explains why he prefers Daniel to Rafe:"'I just... I understand you might want to start dating more seriously, and that means dating someone from town. But if you're going to do that...' This time he took a long drink of coffee, and the mug was still at his lips when he said, 'I like Daniel. He takes care of you.'I blinked. 'Oh my God. Did you really just say that? He takes care of me?'Dad flushed. 'I didn't mean it like ---''Takes care of me? Did I go to sleep and wake up in the nineteenth century?' I looked down at my jeans and T-shirt. 'Ack! I can't go to school like this. Where's my corset? My bonnet?'Dad sighed as Mom walked in with her empty teacup.'What did I miss?' she said.'Dad's trying to marry me off to Daniel.' I looked at him. 'You know, if you offer him a new truck for a dowry, he might go for it.''Apparently, I said the wrong thing,' Dad told Mom."Evaluation: If you totally hate paranormal of the shape-shifter variety, you probably won’t like Kelley Armstrong. But if you only like it when it’s good, she’s good! Many reviewers feel this isn’t her best, but I zoomed right through it; I just like the way she writes!more
I will preface this review by admitting that I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong’s, and I have read all of her books (though not many anthologies) which have so far been published in the UK. I was introduced to her through reading her book Bitten – the first book of her Women of the Otherworld Series which is aimed at an adult readership.The Gathering is the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s new Young Adult (YA) series The Darkness Rising. This is Armstrong’s second foray into the YA market, the first being her The Darkest Powers Trilogy. Like her previous works, The Gathering is set in a world similar to our own but with some vital differences – how it differs is only hinted at in this book, but if you’ve read any of her other works then you’ll have a pretty good idea. If you’ve not read any of her books before then don’t worry, as this series works as a stand-alone (based on the evidence of this book).The main character of this book is Maya Delaney, a teen with Native American heritage but who was adopted when she was a baby. She is a very likeable and well-rounded character. In fact, although this is never really explicitly mentioned in the book, she is rather popular. This may be because there are only sixty-eight children in her school, and the population of Salmon Creek is only 200, but it is hinted that this is not why. She certainly seems to be well liked on the whole by her peers and by the adults of the community. Maya has a strong like for the outdoors and for wildlife which percolates throughout the book – she looks after injured wildlife and then releases it back into the wild once it is well. Her friendship with Daniel is a strong and deep one, despite the slight distance between the characters – there doesn’t seem to be many secrets between them, and their lives seem very closely entwined – and there is no sense of romance between them. They are just two good friends – Maya seems to be the only girl of her peers who isn’t attracted to Daniel.The book opens with a bang, which won’t be much of a surprise for readers as the first nine chapter is available online (just visit her website to have a taste of this book). At first everything seems very ordinary, and then things fast go downhill. This event sets up the whole book (and quite possibly the whole series). It certainly changes a lot of things for both Maya and Daniel. The next chapter takes place nearly a year after this event, showing both how things have changed and how things have remained the same. There is a sense of deep community ties within the book, as everyone seems to know what is going on with everyone else and Maya is very much a part of this. There is also the feeling that you are either part of the community or you are not, as the kids are taught how to handle people who ask questions about Salmon Creek – this is most definitely a reflection of the fact that Salmon Creek supports a medical-research lab. The lab in question seems to be very high security, but it provides a lot of benefits for the people of Salmon Creek – however, there is a sense of mystery surrounding it despite its seeming openness.The plot of The Gathering is made up of three main themes: mystery, romance and friendship. Of these, mystery and friendship are the most predominant ones. The romance in the book doesn’t appear until over fourteen chapters in to the story – so if you’re looking for a quick romance story, then this isn’t the book for you. Armstrong handles the romance element of the story with charm and grace. There is enough of it to keep the story interesting, but not so much that if it’s not your kind of thing you find yourself flipping through the pages until you find the end. The mystery and the friendship themes percolate through the book from the opening chapter. There are several mysteries presented as the story progresses, though few of them are answered in this book and the book itself ends on a cliff-hanger – but don’t let this put you off! The mysteries Armstrong presents are both big ones and small ones, and much of the book is a quest for answers – which Maya and Daniel are unable to get due to outside events. As this is the first book in the series the lack of answers is somewhat to be expected – why else would we want to progress to the next book? – and whilst the lack of answers is somewhat frustrating, I find myself eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy then I think that this is a must read for 2011.more
Great book, really enjoyed the characters!more
This book was really good book i read it all in one day because i couldn't put it down. I really liked Annie and felt kinda sorry of her. I didn't like Rafe no matter what he does for his sister I don't think he was a very nice person. I really liked Daniel I think he was really nice and a very good person and a great friend to the main caracter Maya. In the end this was a great book and I can't wait for the next one to come out. I would recomend this to anybody that liked the Darkest Powers books.more
Wow this story starts off with a KABOOM, and it just keeps coming, right up to the last page. I love Kelley Armstrong's writing, i don't have to TRY to put myself in a characters shoes or imagine their world, you just get sucked right in. It makes the whole experience that much more fun. I wasn't sure what to expect with another bunch of genetically altered kids i thought it may end up being too similar to The Darkest Powers trilogy. I.Was.Wrong. Maya her friends and their whole world is so different. I may even like these Characters more. I'm Canadian so i loved that the book took place here, the little references were cool, like Maya and Daniel using toonies (two dollar coin). The story is fast paced and engaging, i read it in 6 hours. I just couldn't not read it once i started, now i have a long wait till the sequel GAH!. Totally a must read I'm giving it 5 out of 5!!more
I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series, but I have to say that I loved The Gathering even more! I especially loved the fact that it was set in Canada (being Canadian and all!), which is something that I don't see very often in the YA books that I read, so that was just the cherry on top of this awesome read!Maya was a really awesome character, someone who I could see myself being friends with, which was really nice. She was quite a feisty girl, definitely had some spunk, and I really liked that about her. She was brave, most definitely not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself, which is an attribute that I really value in a character! I thought that she was so mature and I was really impressed with how she dealt with some hard situations and was able to keep herself composed. Overall, I thought Maya was such a strong and intelligent girl and she pretty much embodied everything that I love in a main character!I also really liked the character Rafe! I have such a weakness for the bad boy character, even more so when the bad boy is such a sweetheart underneath their persona, and Rafe was just that type of bad boy. At the beginning of the book, he seemed like such a player, quite cocky and full of himself, but as we got to know him better, we really saw a different side of him, a much softer, more vulnerable side of him and I really liked that!The plot of this book was quite interesting and different! It had a little bit of mystery, a touch of romance, and some supernatural elements to it! I loved the way that Kelley Armstrong blended it all together to create this great and unique story! I really loved that the plot kept me guessing what was going to happen next, that I wasn't able to predict everthing. This book definitely kept me reading and I finished it quite fast! It was such an easy read and Kelley Armstrong's writing is awesome and just flows so well!I would really recommend checking out The Gathering if you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series, or if you are just a fan of YA paranormal romance novels in general, as I am! This book had great, easy to connect with characters, an awesome, intriguing plot and lovely writing! I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel to this great book, especially after the huge cliffhanger that we were left with! I think that Kelley Armstrong has yet another great series on her hands!more
First off, I have to admit that I love all of Kelley Armstrong's work, her adult series and her young adult series. That having been said, it pains me to admit I didn't enjoy this book very much. There was a certain charm to the Darkest Power Series. Chloe and her friends were far more genuine. Maya and her friends seemed contrived. All of them seemed a little one dimensional and as much as I wanted to care about them, I couldn't. Rafe is no Derek. He was pushy and tried entirely too hard to be charming, but I respected the way Maya handled herself with him. She was clear in her feelings towards him and made sure he knew it. The setting seemed picturesque and the idea of a privately owned medical research town was definitely interesting and unique, but it still didn't sell me on the characters. Speaking of characters, there were so many, it was almost confusing. In the first few chapters, we were introduced to a lot of teenagers AND adults.I don't want to say this book was all bad because Kelley Armstrong is a master at creating a foreboding atmosphere. I was definitely interested in learning what Maya was, and I'm so glad this series doesn't revolve around a typical vampire/werewolf paranormal romance. Also, Maya is a fantastic role model. She's smart, independent, athletic, and thinks for herself. She doesn't let men define her and she doesn't let her feelings for them overwhelm her, which I find admirable. There isn't much action in this book, but that seems to be formulaic for a trilogy. The first book has the intrigue, the second book has the answers, and the third has the action. I have high expectations for the next two books, but I know they can't compare to the Darkest Powers.more
Really good. I'm a little bit surprised at how much I liked The Gathering actually because it's very very clear throughout the book that this, the first in a trilogy, is indeed meant as a setup, and so we spend the whole book learning things and meeting people, but the action is limited. Things happen, for sure, but the only direct action that takes place that seems to be connected to what will be the main conflict in this series doesn't happen until the last chapter, which ends abruptly. VERY abruptly. Almost in the middle of a scene. I love cliffhangers, but this one was a little too cliffhanger-y. And the romance in the book was ok, but not tingly-good. I like the characters in the romance--Maya (who is awesome) and Rafe (who is mysterious and fab)--quite a bit, and they have a unique and interesting supernatural connection. Separately, they're great--I especially love that Maya is so close to her parents, who are not absent at all here--and together they're fine, but I wasn't always feeling their connection in that intense, romantic way. And I'm not sure if we're not supposed to see a triangle in this story either, between Maya, Rafe, and Maya's bestie Daniel, who is also tremendous. It's not an obvious triangle, if it even exists; Daniel is a great friend who seems only to dislike Rafe because Maya goes back and forth about him. There's no jealousy or awkwardness, really, between the two guys. But Maya obviously has very different but no less important relationships with both of them that, ideally, a girl would like to have in one guy instead of two. I'm kind of hoping that something will happen with Maya and Daniel, especially considering that the book goes some way to talk about how Daniel has not yet moved on, really, from the death of his last girlfriend and Maya's best friend, Serena. Signs seem to point to Maya and Daniel having a connection that could become something more than friends easily and at any time. As it stands now, I'd honestly be more surprised if nothing ever happened with them. I was also a fan of the mythology, even though the insight that we get here is merely a taste. I love that there are Native American legends incorporated here. It's such a rich mythology and I'm excited that its being mined. There does seem to be some other thing going on here, though, too. The Benandanti (I think that's how it's spelled), a decidedly NOT Native American group, are mentioned a few times but not really explained. But I'm intrigued, and very much looking forward to the next books. If the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this story in spite of the fact that I'm still not totally sure what's going on doesn't say something, I'm not sure that what does. I have great expectations for the second book, The Calling. Wherein, hopefully, things will happen. There are quite a few things hanging in the air at the end of this book--secondary characters who behave oddly and clearly have some kind of further role to play, mysterious deaths, strangers wandering around the woods, the research the St. Cloud company is doing, Daniel's mother, how Maya's best friend Serena died. I can't even remember all of the plot lines we are introduced to here that need tying up. It wasn't overwhelming, though, honestly. I was more intrigued by all of it than anything else. There's some good mystery building up, and I hope the resolution lives up to the foundation.more
The Gathering is consistent with having interesting personalities. Maya is a strong female protagonist and her attitude is something every sixteen year old should aspire to. I also like her relationship with her parents, very mature but she shows a lot of respect for them. She knows her boundaries and doesn't really push it. Now this is what I didn't really like. The story was slow to build up then towards the last 60+ pages of the book, that's when the conflict starts crashing down so I felt like I was rushing until BAM! The end.more
Amazing book I loved it!! Maya is a strong main character with enough flaws to make her real. There is enough mystery and twists and turns to keep you wanting to read more. The beginning was a little hard to get into for me however after first several chapters I knew enough of the main characters to want to figure out more.Maya is a mixed heritage teenager who is gradually learning her life isn't so charming as she assumed it would be. Her best friend has died under mysterious circumstances while she was swimming with her. Meanwhile her other best friend is hiding out more and more from a drunk father. She is getting new emotions and strange dreams and she is learning her real mother after leaving her on the doorstep of a church has hidden a lot of secrets from the world. The town where Maya lives is becoming a strange place daily and all the animals that she has always been able to assist are healing rapidly while under her care. Meanwhile a new student at the school has her emotions jumbled and jealousy is rampant with other students. The book does leave you hanging with the town being evacuated and bad guys lurking around the corner attempting to catch/kill Maya for reasons unknown. One of which is a possible twin brother to Maya. Can't wait to get the next installment.more
DAMN! That's no fair!! I was shocked at the ending! biggest cilfhangger ever!!!! I loved this book, it was a good read after the annoying Zoey (HoN series) and Luce (fallen series), I missed these funny heroins, characters you actually love rather want to kill! ((( Yes Zoey I would like to kill you! I can't blame Nafarat for that!!! And Luce... just DIE!!)))Anyways, Maya was someone I liked, and the guys, yum yum! there wasn't your typical bad boy mystery guy who shoos you off telling you : It's for your own good sake, you snowflake!) I couldn't decide who I liked more, Danial or Rafe! I can like them both right?? The story was slow for me, till I found it's gonna be a trilogy, so the ending and the pace made sense, there's a lot to figure out. At the moment I'm not sure what to guess, I'm sure I'm gonna be surprised. This is the first book I read By Kelly Armstrong, I wasn't to eger to read the other ones, but now I can't wait!! Loved This book, definitely a goodread ;)4.5/5more
Kelley Armstrong is a wonderful story-teller. I was captivated through the first third of the book without much of the paranormal aspect of the story coming into play yet. Many situations and such seemed very contemporary. Only at the end were we really reminded The Gathering is not…well, contemporary. Maya is very strong character! She built strong relationships with the people around her. She’s very loyal to her family, friends, and all the furry (or scary) animals she rehabilitates. There’s just something about Rafe, I don’t even know what it is. Maya actually mentions in the book he isn’t drop dead gorgeous, but probably the mystery initially about him drew her too him. Rafe never gives up and has loyalty and determination just like Maya. Rafe can be very sweet and I love how he acts when he’s around Maya. Daniel, Maya’s best friend, is the quintessential best friend. He’s pretty much perfect in that area. He voices his opinions to Maya, but still lets her do things on her own. Maya acts the same way towards Daniel. The Gathering left me with many questions and such. I’ve read a couple of reviews who already had read the Darkest Powers Trilogy beforehand and made it a bit less mysterious for them. I was fine with the mystery and still am even though it seemed like way too many questions are left unanswered. Those open-ended questions are making it seem like the next book is going to take forever to release! I seriously am a kind of clueless as to what is happening, which is fantastic! I’ve never read a Kelley Armstrong book before, The Gathering is my first. After reading The Gathering, I’m planning on reading her other books! P.S. Maya’s relationship with her father…I cracked up all the time! The uncomfortable situations she put him in by being very blunt about herself with boys and other teenage girl problems, even though it was false, had me laughing. Watching her dad squirm and embarrassed was memorable.more
I thought this novel made a fun read, though it didn't suck me in quite as much as the Darkest Powers trilogy did. Despite following the same story line as the previous trilogy, it had a completely different feel. Instead of following a group of teenagers with supernatural abilities, this book really only focused on Maya and her discovery of her new power. Her power (plus a handful of other abilities that were merely hinted at) were very different from the powers we came across in the past trilogy. I won't spoil what Maya's supernatural ability is, but I will say that Maya never truly experienced her power. She just discovered that she possessed it. Because of this, I thought that this book was kind of slow going. There was also very little mention of the science experiment, which was brought into the book only at the very end, leaving us with a heck of a cliffhanger. All in all, though, I thought the book was very well-written, and I found this new direction with the science experiment plot line (though not as entertaining as the first trilogy) was very refreshing and interesting. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.more
This is a great spin-off of the darkest powers series! It's not too similar to the books but this is definitely a good thing. It uses a different myth - the Navajo skin walkers - but still has links such as Dr Lyle and Davidoff. It reminds me a lot of Rachel Hawthornes series, but I think thats just because they both have a character called Rafe and a research facility. I love Kelley Armstrongs work and this is a great new book for her current fans and a great place to start reading for new YA readers.more
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***Maya is a soon to be sixteen year old girl who lives in a very small island town in Canada. She's adopted, found at a hospital abandoned when she was only a babe, her only clue to her heritage are her native features and a paw-print birth mark. After watching her best friend violently drown the year before, she afraid to get close to anyone other than her best friend Daniel. She especially doesn't want to get close to Rafe, the first new boy to enter the tiny school in a long time. However when Rafe begins pursuing her in earnest she finds herself unable to resist his bad boy allure and find herself drawn into a world she previously never knew or would have believed existed. When strange things begin to happen in the tiny town, Maya, with the help of Daniel and Rafe, must search for answers about who she is, what really caused her best friend Selena, the captain of the swim team, to drown the previous year and the mysterious research project related to her birth.This is a book that really draws you in from page one when you witness the Selena's death through Maya eyes. The setting is so vividly described a reader can easily picture themselves in the tiny village of Salmon Creek with it's expansive forests, massive rock formations and beautiful lakes. The characters are well rounded and intriguing. Each character is a bit of a mystery in and of themselves you can relate to each in way. You keep reading wanting to learn more about them, what makes them tick and why they behave the way they do. It's clear that there's something more to each of these children than what they appear, the question is what, the answer is even they don't really know everything. It's not so much the pace of this novel that keeps you reading, I wouldn't describe it as fast paced by any means. It's more that it slowly draws you in as Armstrong weaves this world and characters around you. You don't even realize how hooked you are until the book is almost finished and barely any time has passed since picking it up. It the mystery of the characters more than anything else that draws a reader into this novel. Don't get me wrong there are a few fast paced action scenes that have you on the edge of your seat wondering and worrying about the character's fates. However these scenes are few and far between. My main issue with this book is in my personal opinion it doesn't have a full story arc, it's more like an impressive beginning to another story. It doesn't follow the goal established, obstacles toward goal, goal accomplished pattern that most novels include. While I wouldn't say skip it, I might recommend waiting until the next book in the Darkness Rising series is released before purchasing it. To me the ending was so abrupt I started wondering if my e-book copy was truncated or something. When I finished this novel I really didn't think I'd reached the end, I was messaging all over the place asking for confirmation that I did indeed have the full title and didn't need to go back and re-download it from the site I purchased it at. When I learned that this was indeed the end of the novel I was pretty disappointed because I'd become so engrossed in these characters, the novel was such a great beginning and then the novel was just over. Don't get me wrong I'd definitely recommend this book, but personally I feel this is one of those series that you wait to read until the entire trilogy or series is released before reading.more
The Gathering is like the first act in a three act play. It introduces the main characters and leads into the conflict. Unfortunately, it also ends with a television like cliff hanger but instead of waiting three or four months to find out what happens readers may have to wait an entire year.more
Summary: Maya's always known that her town is not exactly normal. It's isolated in the woods of a national park in Vancouver Island, it's small - 200 people small - and it's owned by the medical research company that employs most of its residents. But things have been getting stranger. First Maya's best friend, the captain of the swim team, drowns in the lake on a perfectly calm day. Now the cougars in the park seem to be developing a strange affinity for Maya, the school's new students are obviously keeping secrets, and there are strangers snooping around asking too many questions. But Maya has to figure out what's really going on... and what it all has to do with her bookmark that looks just like a pawprint.Review: I liked this book more than I probably should have, given what I can objectively recognize as some serious issues with its pacing and plotting. But subjectively, I really, really enjoyed it, to the point of leaping out of bed way too early on a Sunday morning just so I could tear through the second half of the book. So, the bad stuff first: the plot takes a long, long time to establish a direction, and even then it doesn't move particularly quickly. The ending happens really abruptly, and is more of an act break than an ending, answering essentially none of the mysteries set up in the rest of the book. And speaking of mysteries, Maya is rather clueless, taking until page 250 or so to twig to the "reveal" that's been glaringly obvious to readers since roughly the first chapter.BUT! Even though I couldn't help but notice all of that, I still enjoyed reading this book. Armstrong's prose is smooth, her descriptions are vivid, her dialogue is funny (Maya and her dad's banter in particular had me laughing more than once), and her characters are interesting. I also really appreciated that she stayed far away from most YA paranormal cliches: No love triangles, no absent parents, no meeting in biology class, no assholish obsessive paranormal guy who just wants to protect that fragile mortal girl, etc. Armstrong was also able to create a group of high schoolers who acted like high schoolers, without leaning too heavily on established teen stereotypes, and their interactions and relationships felt real. Armstrong also creates plenty of mystery in Maya's little town - certainly more than enough to keep me absorbed - I just wish we'd gotten a few more answers. 3.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: I enjoyed this book enough that I'm going to hunt down some more of Armstrong's work... but while I think fans of teen paranormals will like this one, I'd actually recommend waiting until the rest of the series has been published, to save the frustration of coming to The Gathering's non-ending without the next book ready to hand.more
THE GATHERING, by Kelley Armstrong, is the start of her second YA series. After reading the whole Darkest Powers series, I was dying to jump into the start of this new one, still taking place in the same 'world' but with new characters. I love Kelley Armstrong. Ask anyone who knows me and they can probably tell you she is one of my favorites. I will read anything with her name on it no questions asked. I love the 'Otherworld' that she created that spans across her series's. BUT, I have to say this was the first time I was slightly disappointed. Let me explain...The first chapter hooked me right away, the drowning of Maya's best friend sent shock waves of sadness through me. I needed to know what happened. Also, the mysterious heritage that Maya soon discovered via a crazy old woman made me crazy with anticipation. Let's add in a new kid who is hot and has the hots for our leading lady (with an equally hot best guy friend). These elements raised questions that I was dying to have answered. But sadly, at the end of the book I felt I needed more.This book felt like just an introduction to the series and not a self-contained book. Maya's heritage was explained somewhat, but a zillion other questions were left hanging. The pace was always high but I felt it ended too quickly and easy. Overall, I did like the story. I fell in love with the characters (Rafe and Daniel especially, yum!) and the unique circumstances Maya experienced. The romance was steamy and the mystery of the small Canadian town piqued my interest. I loved Maya's connections and powers with animals and I yearned for each time she experienced them. The book as a whole was a great start to the series and although I expected more from it, I am actually dying to read the next book for more of my questions to be answered. Cover note: Love this cover! The blue hues make it look mysterious and I would definitely buy this book right off the shelf for the cover alone.more
THE GATHERING is the first installment of the Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong. I shall warn the first-timer here - expect to be instantly mesmerized with a healthy addiction to soon follow. As an experienced K.A. reader I enjoyed this book very much. We get to meet Maya after she had lost her best friend in a swimming accident. I believe that she is the first native american that K.A. has created. Maya has an affinity for animals - they trust her and heal quickly while in her care. She lives in the middle of nowhere in a community owned and ran by the St. Clouds, though the local teens do not really seem to understand the magnitude of that statement.A reporter shows up in town and starts asking questions and is particularly interested in the students at school. She asks a lot about their hobbies and interests. The community has a procedure to follow when outsiders start snooping which everybody has had drilled into them since childhood. Eventually the woman is found dead and Maya and some friends get some curious information out of her cabin. All the while Maya becomes aware of what her own native ancestry truly means to her. The only part of the book I did not like was the abrupt ending! However, I am predicting the next Clay/Elena in the Rafe/Maya situation :)more
Confession: I don't have a good relationship with Kelley Armstrong. Okay, I know that sounds weird, but I mean that purely in a "not-a-good-relationship-with-her-books" kind of way (I don't know, when I read a book I almost feel like I have some sort of connection to the author, like I know him/her personally almost). I've tried her Otherworld series and her Darkest Powers series and, considering the types of books I usually like to read, both of these series should be staples. But they just aren't. I've read Bitten (first of the Otherworld series) and The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1) and didn't really like either of them. So, why, then am I reading and reviewing the newest book from Armstrong? I guess I wanted to give her another try. The first book in a new series called Darkness Rising, The Gathering introduces sixteen-year-old Maya, who lives in a tiny town that's far from interesting. Until her friend Serena, captain of the swim team, dies. Then Maya's friend Daniel starts to have visions of the future. Then a new boy shows up in town, Rafe. And, to top it all off, Maya discovers that she may not be as human as she thinks.Okay, how many times have I heard this story before -or something similar? It seems like these types of paranormal romances just come off an assembly line now. And, sadly, The Gathering didn't really add anything new to the genre. Maya was a decent character, and her conflicts do feel real and just make sense in the context the story. The story even offers some twists to at least keep it interesting (I did finish the book), but it just wasn't enough for me to get fully invested in the story and the characters.Maybe I just naturally don't mesh well with Armstrong's writing, but it, along with this book, is just not for me.more
Believe it or not, this is the first book by Kelley Armstrong I read. I had heard a lot about some of her series, like The Darkest Powers, but I never had the opportunity to read any of them. So I was really happy to read this one, and to meet (finally) her work. The Gathering has a good plot. A different story, full of mystery, Native American tales and believes, and the idea of an Island, a Research Island, (Made me remember LOST : D ) was really nice. But… I didn't enjoyed the book too much.What Happened? I don't know exactly, maybe I was waiting more, o maybe I had read too many YA books in less than a week. The plot like I said before is full of mystery, but sometimes was a little bit predictable and not so surprising like the writer wanted to be. Specially Maya's birthmark, Annie, and Maya's relationship with the cougars… everything was too clear… but at the ending, things are a little more darker, with all the story of the research, and I really liked that part. Maya's character wasn't entirely of my liking. She was kind of the brave girl, who likes sports and she is more strong than a group of boys… and the way she behaved was like she was the best, and the rest of the group were… only the rest. Sometimes I enjoy this kind of characters like Katniss from The Hunger Games, but this time, was too much. I didn't like Rafe either. Maybe because I liked Daniel from the very first moment, or maybe, because he was supposedly to be the bad guy, but he wasn't soooo bad at all. All his story, about his family is sad, of course, but the way he opened immediately to Maya, make him less mysterious and less important. I saw their romance lack of feeling, like a normal teenager romance of a few weeks… (Ok, I'm not saying is not good to see a normal romance in a novel, but I was waiting more… I'm tired of normal things… That's why I read YA fiction novels… and Paranormal stuff) So, when I read how she, in a few hours started making out with him, because he was sincere with her about his sad life, I said, what the hell!!!!! If a guy is sincere with me, I'm definitely not making out with him. Daniel was my only favorite character, and I don't have too much to talk about him. So, what can I say? I'm not fan of this book, but I recommend it to everybody who liked books like Shiver, or Nightshade. Or any kind of book related with werewolves or salvage animals. 2/5 Stars, It was OK.more
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Why do I feel so unsatisfied? I know, it's because Ms. Armstrong does not finish her YA books. This book rocked- great characters, burgeoning plot excitement, possible love triangle.... Then it ends, no resolution- nada. Where have I seen this before? Oh, yeah. The Darkest Powers series. But when I discovered Darkest Powers all three were out, so it was a little less annoying when it ended halfway through the story.
Oh, well. Worth the read, but I'd suggest waiting until the next book releases, next year so you don't hurt your foot kicking it against the wall when this book ends.more
I had to wait for spring break to read this one, because I knew I wasn't going to want to put it down once I started. As a fan of Kelley Armstrong, I'm glad to say that her newest effort doesn't disappoint.

A solid start to Armstrong's "new" YA series, The Gathering introduces new characters--Maya, Daniel, Rafe, Annie, Nicole, and Sam, among others--more teens involved in her previous series' Project Genesis. Other characters, places, and situations from the first trilogy, Darkest Powers, are mentioned and hinted at: the "disaster" in Buffalo, Dr. Davidoff, the St. Cloud cabal...even a mysterious reference to Elizabeth "Liz" Delaney, who, interestingly enough, shares a last name with the Maya of this book. At one point, Maya mentions a statue of "some guy called Samuel Lyle" that stands in her town, though she has no idea who he is, let alone that a bright yellow house that shares his name exists on the other side of the continent. At some point the characters from both YA series' lives will intersect, though it appears to be very much in the future. For much of this book, Maya and her friends have no idea that their lives are not at all what they seem, and even by the end most of the characters appear to still be in the dark.

Readers familiar with Chloe's story will sense the impending mystery on the horizon much sooner than Maya does. Since I know what the St. Cloud Corporation really are and what Davidoff and his group are involved in, I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. It takes a while for this book to get there, though, and once it does it's almost over. I was okay with that, however, since it means there's more to come. We see a lot more of Maya's "normal" life than we did of Chloe's, which really helps to underscore the idea that these teens have grown up in this world and don't have a clue that there is anything strange going on in it. Chloe's early life really was pretty much a normal one (once she got the pendant from her mother, anyway--and what happened before that could easily be explained away as overactive childish imaginings), but Maya only thinks hers is. As readers begin to get an idea of why Maya would be a part of Project Genesis ("Better Supernatural Living Through Science", I kept thinking back to Armstrong's short story set in this universe, "Kat", where the main character's guardian assured her that there were no such things as werecats. Maybe not, but....

My only real complaint with this book is that we have to wait another year for book two. Cruel, that's what that is. :-)more
Last year, I read and really enjoyed Armstrong's teen series that begins with The Summoning. Later, I tried her Women of the Otherworld series and was not impressed, but I am planning to at least start book two before giving up on her adult fiction entirely. This new series is set in the same world as the previous, but does not have too much crossover, at least not that I've noticed (and my memory's not great, so I might have missed something). Davidoff is the only character name I recognized from before.

The plot holds few surprises, and those, generally, were not the big ones. Her relationship choices were inevitable, and future relationship drama is emerging along clearly defined lines. The emergence of the fantasy elements of the story was wholly expected as well. If you like to be completely caught off guard by your book, then Armstrong might not be for you. Remember that Armstrong has a strong basis in paranormal romance, so there are certain elements that are just going to happen a certain way.

That does not change the fact that her YA novels are compulsively readable. They go down quick and easy, and leave you wanting more. Her romances, if the previous series is something I can go by, are very cute, take a long time to come to fruition and may involve some missteps along the way (like dating the wrong guy and then realizing your feelings lie elsewhere). Although it would be repetitive, I hope for the latter yet again, as Rafe's little bad guy routine did nothing to make me like him. Bad boys are good only in certain circumstances, as better detailed in my previous post. I am fully rooting for Daniel. Normally, I would not ship her with the best friend, but I really liked him for some reason and think he has some awesomeness hiding beneath the surface.

If you're looking for something fun to read this spring/summer, you can't go wrong with The Gathering.more
I can't remember when I actually read this - sometime in the spring or early summer, I think, but I must have forgotten to note it here. As usual for Kelley Armstrong this was lots of fun. It's definitely one story told across three books though so as soon as I finished I wanted to pick up the next one.more
Very good. Gets very exciting at the end. Started the next book already...more
I love Kelley Armstrong and even if I don’t get her books as soon as they come out, I still make sure to grab them when I can. She is a favorite of mine. So when I was finally able to pick up The Gathering, I was super excited and started reading it almost immediately.As always the writing and story were fantastic. Easy to read and addictive. You want to keep reading. However, I just didn’t connect with the characters. I liked Daniel and Maya was alright but other than that I just didn’t care about them. I didn’t life Rafe at all. There were only one or two tiny parts where I smiled because of him.I honestly think The Gathering would have gotten at least four stars instead of three if I felt more connected to the characters, because other than that, this was a great book and I can’t wait to read book two, The Calling.more
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: While the novel lacks its own plot arc (Armstrong writes her trilogies as a single story) the characters are strong and memorable, and the Native Canadian mythology the series is based on is awesome. Opening Sentence: Serena stood on the rock ledge twenty feet above the lake, singing in a voice known to bring tears to the eyes of everyone who heard it. The Review: Set in an isolated research community, called Salmon Creek, inside a national park on Vancouver Island, The Gathering has a setting that immediately comes to life. At the beginning of the story, Maya’s recovering from the questionable death of a friend and begins to investigate with the help of her dead friend’s boyfriend Daniel. As they dig deeper they begin to find less answers and more questions about their tiny, classified town. When Maya, whose affinity for animals has led her to helping the injured in the park, learns that there’s more to her birthmark than she could’ve imagined, the story takes off fast. I love the fact that this series is based off of Native Canadian (First Nation) mythology. It added more depth to the paranormal side of the story, knotting the shapeshifters in with folk lore. The concepts Armstrong explores had a lot of potential and she does a great job of planting intriguing seeds in this first installment. Unfortunately, she didn’t stop there. Bringing in an Italian sect of secret hunters was a plot blunder, in my opinion, because they completely pulled me from the story. What were they doing in Vancouver Island? What did they have to do with native legends? But so far the Benandanti haven’t been instrumentally involved and I’ve been able to let them slide. She uses the myth of Skin-walkers to add atmosphere to the already wild setting of Salmon Creek, building a community and characters that I loved to read about. I’m a big fan of Rafe, Maya’s sexy love-interest, because he isn’t a stalker or some broody, over-protective hero. Maya’s a strong woman who deals with her own problems — she doesn’t need Rafe to save her. They have a close, but healthy, relationship. And Rafe’s younger, metally-disabled sister Annie helped deepen the way readers will perceive him. There were a lot of characters beyond Maya and Rafe that I grew attached to. Her parent’s had some great, banter-filled scenes and I loved that Armstrong included them in the story. (Not enough parents in YA, in my honest opinion. They always get left out or stereotyped somehow.) Daniel is her protective best friend and Sam, characterized by her quick temper, is a lot more than meets the eye. The ending was rough. While I appreciate cliffhangers as much as the next bibliophile, The Gathering doesn’t have a complete plot arc. If you’ve read any of Kelley Armstrong’s other series, you’ll see this is something of a pattern. Her stories tend to be cut into three books, with one big, long plot between them. She has a great, image-evoking writing style that’s fun to read, but it didn’t stop me from being frustrated at the end of this novel. Upside, the sequel’s out! So you won’t have hang off a cliff for long. Notable Scene: “Pop goes the weasel!” a boy yelled. Another guy laughed. Footsteps pounded the dry earth so loud they sounded like an oncoming locomotive. A single thought filled my head. Escape. I pulled myself along, dragging my injured leg over a carpet of dead needles— “Maya!” A warm hand grabbed my chin. “Come on, Maya.” I gasped and blinked. I was sitting on the floor. In Daniel’s lap. I bolted to my feel so fast, I elbows him in the stomach. “Thanks,” he wheezed. “Next time I’ll let you hit the floor.” “What happened?” “You fainted.” The corners of his mouth twitched. “I believe swooned is the correct term. It’s not nearly as romantic as it sounds, you know. More like a deadweight collapse. With drool.”FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of The Gathering. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.more
I really enjoyed this new series with its suspense, romance and action. Not surprising, there was a waiting list for the digital title of this book on library2go; borrowed the school's copy and was glad I did. Not up there with Hunger Games for me, but a good read.more
I decided to reread this before reading The Calling (bk 2 in the Darkness Rising series), and since the book was checked out of the library, I grabbed the audiobook instead. It is fun and exciting, with a teeny bit of relationship/interest in it, but, as with the others, it cuts off just as it's gotten good. Glad I listened to this before starting the next!more
Kelly Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I especially love her strong women characters, and her unerring ear for realistic dialogue. She’s also great at romance. The only catch – for some of you anyway – would be that most of her books stray into the paranormal zone. Sixteen-year-old Maya Delaney was adopted shortly after birth, and believes she is Navajo but not sure. She and her architect mom and park ranger dad live in a secluded area of wilderness on Vancouver Island called Salmon Creek. Salmon Creek is a company town, erected by a pharmaceuticals firm doing secret research. Almost everyone in the town of 200 works for the company, St. Cloud, with Maya’s dad being one of the few exceptions. Maya’s best friend, Daniel Bianchi, lives alone with his dad who is a violent alcoholic. So Daniel spends a lot of time at Maya’s place. Formerly, Daniel dated Maya’s good friend Serena, but Serena died in a freak swimming accident, which was especially puzzling because Serena was captain of the school’s swimming team.So first of all, there are a couple of mysteries going on here. What is St. Cloud up to, and how did Serena actually die? But there’s more…Daniel helps Maya take care of stray wild animals brought to her dad, but everyone knows that the animals heal fastest under Maya’s care. There is something about her… And for that matter, there’s something about Daniel….Meanwhile, Maya is being pursued by Rafeal “Rafe” Martinez, who, like Maya, looks Native. He and his older sister Annie live alone in one of the few houses in the area not owned by St. Cloud. At first Maya resists Rafe, considering him to be a “player,” but before long, she falls under his spell. She thinks that, unlike the other girls he has chased, he really likes her, until a big reveal shows that nothing and nobody in Salmon Creek is who they seem to be.Discussion: Daniel and Maya have a wonderful dynamic between them. It's like a fierce family love and loyalty, plus care exercised by each to make sure they don't let stray hormones interfere inappropriately. I also love the relationship between Maya and her parents. The three of them are respectful of each other, but also teasing and loving and trusting. It makes you feel warm just "being around" them. This is one of my favorite passages, when Maya's dad explains why he prefers Daniel to Rafe:"'I just... I understand you might want to start dating more seriously, and that means dating someone from town. But if you're going to do that...' This time he took a long drink of coffee, and the mug was still at his lips when he said, 'I like Daniel. He takes care of you.'I blinked. 'Oh my God. Did you really just say that? He takes care of me?'Dad flushed. 'I didn't mean it like ---''Takes care of me? Did I go to sleep and wake up in the nineteenth century?' I looked down at my jeans and T-shirt. 'Ack! I can't go to school like this. Where's my corset? My bonnet?'Dad sighed as Mom walked in with her empty teacup.'What did I miss?' she said.'Dad's trying to marry me off to Daniel.' I looked at him. 'You know, if you offer him a new truck for a dowry, he might go for it.''Apparently, I said the wrong thing,' Dad told Mom."Evaluation: If you totally hate paranormal of the shape-shifter variety, you probably won’t like Kelley Armstrong. But if you only like it when it’s good, she’s good! Many reviewers feel this isn’t her best, but I zoomed right through it; I just like the way she writes!more
I will preface this review by admitting that I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong’s, and I have read all of her books (though not many anthologies) which have so far been published in the UK. I was introduced to her through reading her book Bitten – the first book of her Women of the Otherworld Series which is aimed at an adult readership.The Gathering is the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s new Young Adult (YA) series The Darkness Rising. This is Armstrong’s second foray into the YA market, the first being her The Darkest Powers Trilogy. Like her previous works, The Gathering is set in a world similar to our own but with some vital differences – how it differs is only hinted at in this book, but if you’ve read any of her other works then you’ll have a pretty good idea. If you’ve not read any of her books before then don’t worry, as this series works as a stand-alone (based on the evidence of this book).The main character of this book is Maya Delaney, a teen with Native American heritage but who was adopted when she was a baby. She is a very likeable and well-rounded character. In fact, although this is never really explicitly mentioned in the book, she is rather popular. This may be because there are only sixty-eight children in her school, and the population of Salmon Creek is only 200, but it is hinted that this is not why. She certainly seems to be well liked on the whole by her peers and by the adults of the community. Maya has a strong like for the outdoors and for wildlife which percolates throughout the book – she looks after injured wildlife and then releases it back into the wild once it is well. Her friendship with Daniel is a strong and deep one, despite the slight distance between the characters – there doesn’t seem to be many secrets between them, and their lives seem very closely entwined – and there is no sense of romance between them. They are just two good friends – Maya seems to be the only girl of her peers who isn’t attracted to Daniel.The book opens with a bang, which won’t be much of a surprise for readers as the first nine chapter is available online (just visit her website to have a taste of this book). At first everything seems very ordinary, and then things fast go downhill. This event sets up the whole book (and quite possibly the whole series). It certainly changes a lot of things for both Maya and Daniel. The next chapter takes place nearly a year after this event, showing both how things have changed and how things have remained the same. There is a sense of deep community ties within the book, as everyone seems to know what is going on with everyone else and Maya is very much a part of this. There is also the feeling that you are either part of the community or you are not, as the kids are taught how to handle people who ask questions about Salmon Creek – this is most definitely a reflection of the fact that Salmon Creek supports a medical-research lab. The lab in question seems to be very high security, but it provides a lot of benefits for the people of Salmon Creek – however, there is a sense of mystery surrounding it despite its seeming openness.The plot of The Gathering is made up of three main themes: mystery, romance and friendship. Of these, mystery and friendship are the most predominant ones. The romance in the book doesn’t appear until over fourteen chapters in to the story – so if you’re looking for a quick romance story, then this isn’t the book for you. Armstrong handles the romance element of the story with charm and grace. There is enough of it to keep the story interesting, but not so much that if it’s not your kind of thing you find yourself flipping through the pages until you find the end. The mystery and the friendship themes percolate through the book from the opening chapter. There are several mysteries presented as the story progresses, though few of them are answered in this book and the book itself ends on a cliff-hanger – but don’t let this put you off! The mysteries Armstrong presents are both big ones and small ones, and much of the book is a quest for answers – which Maya and Daniel are unable to get due to outside events. As this is the first book in the series the lack of answers is somewhat to be expected – why else would we want to progress to the next book? – and whilst the lack of answers is somewhat frustrating, I find myself eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy then I think that this is a must read for 2011.more
Great book, really enjoyed the characters!more
This book was really good book i read it all in one day because i couldn't put it down. I really liked Annie and felt kinda sorry of her. I didn't like Rafe no matter what he does for his sister I don't think he was a very nice person. I really liked Daniel I think he was really nice and a very good person and a great friend to the main caracter Maya. In the end this was a great book and I can't wait for the next one to come out. I would recomend this to anybody that liked the Darkest Powers books.more
Wow this story starts off with a KABOOM, and it just keeps coming, right up to the last page. I love Kelley Armstrong's writing, i don't have to TRY to put myself in a characters shoes or imagine their world, you just get sucked right in. It makes the whole experience that much more fun. I wasn't sure what to expect with another bunch of genetically altered kids i thought it may end up being too similar to The Darkest Powers trilogy. I.Was.Wrong. Maya her friends and their whole world is so different. I may even like these Characters more. I'm Canadian so i loved that the book took place here, the little references were cool, like Maya and Daniel using toonies (two dollar coin). The story is fast paced and engaging, i read it in 6 hours. I just couldn't not read it once i started, now i have a long wait till the sequel GAH!. Totally a must read I'm giving it 5 out of 5!!more
I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series, but I have to say that I loved The Gathering even more! I especially loved the fact that it was set in Canada (being Canadian and all!), which is something that I don't see very often in the YA books that I read, so that was just the cherry on top of this awesome read!Maya was a really awesome character, someone who I could see myself being friends with, which was really nice. She was quite a feisty girl, definitely had some spunk, and I really liked that about her. She was brave, most definitely not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself, which is an attribute that I really value in a character! I thought that she was so mature and I was really impressed with how she dealt with some hard situations and was able to keep herself composed. Overall, I thought Maya was such a strong and intelligent girl and she pretty much embodied everything that I love in a main character!I also really liked the character Rafe! I have such a weakness for the bad boy character, even more so when the bad boy is such a sweetheart underneath their persona, and Rafe was just that type of bad boy. At the beginning of the book, he seemed like such a player, quite cocky and full of himself, but as we got to know him better, we really saw a different side of him, a much softer, more vulnerable side of him and I really liked that!The plot of this book was quite interesting and different! It had a little bit of mystery, a touch of romance, and some supernatural elements to it! I loved the way that Kelley Armstrong blended it all together to create this great and unique story! I really loved that the plot kept me guessing what was going to happen next, that I wasn't able to predict everthing. This book definitely kept me reading and I finished it quite fast! It was such an easy read and Kelley Armstrong's writing is awesome and just flows so well!I would really recommend checking out The Gathering if you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series, or if you are just a fan of YA paranormal romance novels in general, as I am! This book had great, easy to connect with characters, an awesome, intriguing plot and lovely writing! I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel to this great book, especially after the huge cliffhanger that we were left with! I think that Kelley Armstrong has yet another great series on her hands!more
First off, I have to admit that I love all of Kelley Armstrong's work, her adult series and her young adult series. That having been said, it pains me to admit I didn't enjoy this book very much. There was a certain charm to the Darkest Power Series. Chloe and her friends were far more genuine. Maya and her friends seemed contrived. All of them seemed a little one dimensional and as much as I wanted to care about them, I couldn't. Rafe is no Derek. He was pushy and tried entirely too hard to be charming, but I respected the way Maya handled herself with him. She was clear in her feelings towards him and made sure he knew it. The setting seemed picturesque and the idea of a privately owned medical research town was definitely interesting and unique, but it still didn't sell me on the characters. Speaking of characters, there were so many, it was almost confusing. In the first few chapters, we were introduced to a lot of teenagers AND adults.I don't want to say this book was all bad because Kelley Armstrong is a master at creating a foreboding atmosphere. I was definitely interested in learning what Maya was, and I'm so glad this series doesn't revolve around a typical vampire/werewolf paranormal romance. Also, Maya is a fantastic role model. She's smart, independent, athletic, and thinks for herself. She doesn't let men define her and she doesn't let her feelings for them overwhelm her, which I find admirable. There isn't much action in this book, but that seems to be formulaic for a trilogy. The first book has the intrigue, the second book has the answers, and the third has the action. I have high expectations for the next two books, but I know they can't compare to the Darkest Powers.more
Really good. I'm a little bit surprised at how much I liked The Gathering actually because it's very very clear throughout the book that this, the first in a trilogy, is indeed meant as a setup, and so we spend the whole book learning things and meeting people, but the action is limited. Things happen, for sure, but the only direct action that takes place that seems to be connected to what will be the main conflict in this series doesn't happen until the last chapter, which ends abruptly. VERY abruptly. Almost in the middle of a scene. I love cliffhangers, but this one was a little too cliffhanger-y. And the romance in the book was ok, but not tingly-good. I like the characters in the romance--Maya (who is awesome) and Rafe (who is mysterious and fab)--quite a bit, and they have a unique and interesting supernatural connection. Separately, they're great--I especially love that Maya is so close to her parents, who are not absent at all here--and together they're fine, but I wasn't always feeling their connection in that intense, romantic way. And I'm not sure if we're not supposed to see a triangle in this story either, between Maya, Rafe, and Maya's bestie Daniel, who is also tremendous. It's not an obvious triangle, if it even exists; Daniel is a great friend who seems only to dislike Rafe because Maya goes back and forth about him. There's no jealousy or awkwardness, really, between the two guys. But Maya obviously has very different but no less important relationships with both of them that, ideally, a girl would like to have in one guy instead of two. I'm kind of hoping that something will happen with Maya and Daniel, especially considering that the book goes some way to talk about how Daniel has not yet moved on, really, from the death of his last girlfriend and Maya's best friend, Serena. Signs seem to point to Maya and Daniel having a connection that could become something more than friends easily and at any time. As it stands now, I'd honestly be more surprised if nothing ever happened with them. I was also a fan of the mythology, even though the insight that we get here is merely a taste. I love that there are Native American legends incorporated here. It's such a rich mythology and I'm excited that its being mined. There does seem to be some other thing going on here, though, too. The Benandanti (I think that's how it's spelled), a decidedly NOT Native American group, are mentioned a few times but not really explained. But I'm intrigued, and very much looking forward to the next books. If the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this story in spite of the fact that I'm still not totally sure what's going on doesn't say something, I'm not sure that what does. I have great expectations for the second book, The Calling. Wherein, hopefully, things will happen. There are quite a few things hanging in the air at the end of this book--secondary characters who behave oddly and clearly have some kind of further role to play, mysterious deaths, strangers wandering around the woods, the research the St. Cloud company is doing, Daniel's mother, how Maya's best friend Serena died. I can't even remember all of the plot lines we are introduced to here that need tying up. It wasn't overwhelming, though, honestly. I was more intrigued by all of it than anything else. There's some good mystery building up, and I hope the resolution lives up to the foundation.more
The Gathering is consistent with having interesting personalities. Maya is a strong female protagonist and her attitude is something every sixteen year old should aspire to. I also like her relationship with her parents, very mature but she shows a lot of respect for them. She knows her boundaries and doesn't really push it. Now this is what I didn't really like. The story was slow to build up then towards the last 60+ pages of the book, that's when the conflict starts crashing down so I felt like I was rushing until BAM! The end.more
Amazing book I loved it!! Maya is a strong main character with enough flaws to make her real. There is enough mystery and twists and turns to keep you wanting to read more. The beginning was a little hard to get into for me however after first several chapters I knew enough of the main characters to want to figure out more.Maya is a mixed heritage teenager who is gradually learning her life isn't so charming as she assumed it would be. Her best friend has died under mysterious circumstances while she was swimming with her. Meanwhile her other best friend is hiding out more and more from a drunk father. She is getting new emotions and strange dreams and she is learning her real mother after leaving her on the doorstep of a church has hidden a lot of secrets from the world. The town where Maya lives is becoming a strange place daily and all the animals that she has always been able to assist are healing rapidly while under her care. Meanwhile a new student at the school has her emotions jumbled and jealousy is rampant with other students. The book does leave you hanging with the town being evacuated and bad guys lurking around the corner attempting to catch/kill Maya for reasons unknown. One of which is a possible twin brother to Maya. Can't wait to get the next installment.more
DAMN! That's no fair!! I was shocked at the ending! biggest cilfhangger ever!!!! I loved this book, it was a good read after the annoying Zoey (HoN series) and Luce (fallen series), I missed these funny heroins, characters you actually love rather want to kill! ((( Yes Zoey I would like to kill you! I can't blame Nafarat for that!!! And Luce... just DIE!!)))Anyways, Maya was someone I liked, and the guys, yum yum! there wasn't your typical bad boy mystery guy who shoos you off telling you : It's for your own good sake, you snowflake!) I couldn't decide who I liked more, Danial or Rafe! I can like them both right?? The story was slow for me, till I found it's gonna be a trilogy, so the ending and the pace made sense, there's a lot to figure out. At the moment I'm not sure what to guess, I'm sure I'm gonna be surprised. This is the first book I read By Kelly Armstrong, I wasn't to eger to read the other ones, but now I can't wait!! Loved This book, definitely a goodread ;)4.5/5more
Kelley Armstrong is a wonderful story-teller. I was captivated through the first third of the book without much of the paranormal aspect of the story coming into play yet. Many situations and such seemed very contemporary. Only at the end were we really reminded The Gathering is not…well, contemporary. Maya is very strong character! She built strong relationships with the people around her. She’s very loyal to her family, friends, and all the furry (or scary) animals she rehabilitates. There’s just something about Rafe, I don’t even know what it is. Maya actually mentions in the book he isn’t drop dead gorgeous, but probably the mystery initially about him drew her too him. Rafe never gives up and has loyalty and determination just like Maya. Rafe can be very sweet and I love how he acts when he’s around Maya. Daniel, Maya’s best friend, is the quintessential best friend. He’s pretty much perfect in that area. He voices his opinions to Maya, but still lets her do things on her own. Maya acts the same way towards Daniel. The Gathering left me with many questions and such. I’ve read a couple of reviews who already had read the Darkest Powers Trilogy beforehand and made it a bit less mysterious for them. I was fine with the mystery and still am even though it seemed like way too many questions are left unanswered. Those open-ended questions are making it seem like the next book is going to take forever to release! I seriously am a kind of clueless as to what is happening, which is fantastic! I’ve never read a Kelley Armstrong book before, The Gathering is my first. After reading The Gathering, I’m planning on reading her other books! P.S. Maya’s relationship with her father…I cracked up all the time! The uncomfortable situations she put him in by being very blunt about herself with boys and other teenage girl problems, even though it was false, had me laughing. Watching her dad squirm and embarrassed was memorable.more
I thought this novel made a fun read, though it didn't suck me in quite as much as the Darkest Powers trilogy did. Despite following the same story line as the previous trilogy, it had a completely different feel. Instead of following a group of teenagers with supernatural abilities, this book really only focused on Maya and her discovery of her new power. Her power (plus a handful of other abilities that were merely hinted at) were very different from the powers we came across in the past trilogy. I won't spoil what Maya's supernatural ability is, but I will say that Maya never truly experienced her power. She just discovered that she possessed it. Because of this, I thought that this book was kind of slow going. There was also very little mention of the science experiment, which was brought into the book only at the very end, leaving us with a heck of a cliffhanger. All in all, though, I thought the book was very well-written, and I found this new direction with the science experiment plot line (though not as entertaining as the first trilogy) was very refreshing and interesting. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.more
This is a great spin-off of the darkest powers series! It's not too similar to the books but this is definitely a good thing. It uses a different myth - the Navajo skin walkers - but still has links such as Dr Lyle and Davidoff. It reminds me a lot of Rachel Hawthornes series, but I think thats just because they both have a character called Rafe and a research facility. I love Kelley Armstrongs work and this is a great new book for her current fans and a great place to start reading for new YA readers.more
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***Maya is a soon to be sixteen year old girl who lives in a very small island town in Canada. She's adopted, found at a hospital abandoned when she was only a babe, her only clue to her heritage are her native features and a paw-print birth mark. After watching her best friend violently drown the year before, she afraid to get close to anyone other than her best friend Daniel. She especially doesn't want to get close to Rafe, the first new boy to enter the tiny school in a long time. However when Rafe begins pursuing her in earnest she finds herself unable to resist his bad boy allure and find herself drawn into a world she previously never knew or would have believed existed. When strange things begin to happen in the tiny town, Maya, with the help of Daniel and Rafe, must search for answers about who she is, what really caused her best friend Selena, the captain of the swim team, to drown the previous year and the mysterious research project related to her birth.This is a book that really draws you in from page one when you witness the Selena's death through Maya eyes. The setting is so vividly described a reader can easily picture themselves in the tiny village of Salmon Creek with it's expansive forests, massive rock formations and beautiful lakes. The characters are well rounded and intriguing. Each character is a bit of a mystery in and of themselves you can relate to each in way. You keep reading wanting to learn more about them, what makes them tick and why they behave the way they do. It's clear that there's something more to each of these children than what they appear, the question is what, the answer is even they don't really know everything. It's not so much the pace of this novel that keeps you reading, I wouldn't describe it as fast paced by any means. It's more that it slowly draws you in as Armstrong weaves this world and characters around you. You don't even realize how hooked you are until the book is almost finished and barely any time has passed since picking it up. It the mystery of the characters more than anything else that draws a reader into this novel. Don't get me wrong there are a few fast paced action scenes that have you on the edge of your seat wondering and worrying about the character's fates. However these scenes are few and far between. My main issue with this book is in my personal opinion it doesn't have a full story arc, it's more like an impressive beginning to another story. It doesn't follow the goal established, obstacles toward goal, goal accomplished pattern that most novels include. While I wouldn't say skip it, I might recommend waiting until the next book in the Darkness Rising series is released before purchasing it. To me the ending was so abrupt I started wondering if my e-book copy was truncated or something. When I finished this novel I really didn't think I'd reached the end, I was messaging all over the place asking for confirmation that I did indeed have the full title and didn't need to go back and re-download it from the site I purchased it at. When I learned that this was indeed the end of the novel I was pretty disappointed because I'd become so engrossed in these characters, the novel was such a great beginning and then the novel was just over. Don't get me wrong I'd definitely recommend this book, but personally I feel this is one of those series that you wait to read until the entire trilogy or series is released before reading.more
The Gathering is like the first act in a three act play. It introduces the main characters and leads into the conflict. Unfortunately, it also ends with a television like cliff hanger but instead of waiting three or four months to find out what happens readers may have to wait an entire year.more
Summary: Maya's always known that her town is not exactly normal. It's isolated in the woods of a national park in Vancouver Island, it's small - 200 people small - and it's owned by the medical research company that employs most of its residents. But things have been getting stranger. First Maya's best friend, the captain of the swim team, drowns in the lake on a perfectly calm day. Now the cougars in the park seem to be developing a strange affinity for Maya, the school's new students are obviously keeping secrets, and there are strangers snooping around asking too many questions. But Maya has to figure out what's really going on... and what it all has to do with her bookmark that looks just like a pawprint.Review: I liked this book more than I probably should have, given what I can objectively recognize as some serious issues with its pacing and plotting. But subjectively, I really, really enjoyed it, to the point of leaping out of bed way too early on a Sunday morning just so I could tear through the second half of the book. So, the bad stuff first: the plot takes a long, long time to establish a direction, and even then it doesn't move particularly quickly. The ending happens really abruptly, and is more of an act break than an ending, answering essentially none of the mysteries set up in the rest of the book. And speaking of mysteries, Maya is rather clueless, taking until page 250 or so to twig to the "reveal" that's been glaringly obvious to readers since roughly the first chapter.BUT! Even though I couldn't help but notice all of that, I still enjoyed reading this book. Armstrong's prose is smooth, her descriptions are vivid, her dialogue is funny (Maya and her dad's banter in particular had me laughing more than once), and her characters are interesting. I also really appreciated that she stayed far away from most YA paranormal cliches: No love triangles, no absent parents, no meeting in biology class, no assholish obsessive paranormal guy who just wants to protect that fragile mortal girl, etc. Armstrong was also able to create a group of high schoolers who acted like high schoolers, without leaning too heavily on established teen stereotypes, and their interactions and relationships felt real. Armstrong also creates plenty of mystery in Maya's little town - certainly more than enough to keep me absorbed - I just wish we'd gotten a few more answers. 3.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: I enjoyed this book enough that I'm going to hunt down some more of Armstrong's work... but while I think fans of teen paranormals will like this one, I'd actually recommend waiting until the rest of the series has been published, to save the frustration of coming to The Gathering's non-ending without the next book ready to hand.more
THE GATHERING, by Kelley Armstrong, is the start of her second YA series. After reading the whole Darkest Powers series, I was dying to jump into the start of this new one, still taking place in the same 'world' but with new characters. I love Kelley Armstrong. Ask anyone who knows me and they can probably tell you she is one of my favorites. I will read anything with her name on it no questions asked. I love the 'Otherworld' that she created that spans across her series's. BUT, I have to say this was the first time I was slightly disappointed. Let me explain...The first chapter hooked me right away, the drowning of Maya's best friend sent shock waves of sadness through me. I needed to know what happened. Also, the mysterious heritage that Maya soon discovered via a crazy old woman made me crazy with anticipation. Let's add in a new kid who is hot and has the hots for our leading lady (with an equally hot best guy friend). These elements raised questions that I was dying to have answered. But sadly, at the end of the book I felt I needed more.This book felt like just an introduction to the series and not a self-contained book. Maya's heritage was explained somewhat, but a zillion other questions were left hanging. The pace was always high but I felt it ended too quickly and easy. Overall, I did like the story. I fell in love with the characters (Rafe and Daniel especially, yum!) and the unique circumstances Maya experienced. The romance was steamy and the mystery of the small Canadian town piqued my interest. I loved Maya's connections and powers with animals and I yearned for each time she experienced them. The book as a whole was a great start to the series and although I expected more from it, I am actually dying to read the next book for more of my questions to be answered. Cover note: Love this cover! The blue hues make it look mysterious and I would definitely buy this book right off the shelf for the cover alone.more
THE GATHERING is the first installment of the Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong. I shall warn the first-timer here - expect to be instantly mesmerized with a healthy addiction to soon follow. As an experienced K.A. reader I enjoyed this book very much. We get to meet Maya after she had lost her best friend in a swimming accident. I believe that she is the first native american that K.A. has created. Maya has an affinity for animals - they trust her and heal quickly while in her care. She lives in the middle of nowhere in a community owned and ran by the St. Clouds, though the local teens do not really seem to understand the magnitude of that statement.A reporter shows up in town and starts asking questions and is particularly interested in the students at school. She asks a lot about their hobbies and interests. The community has a procedure to follow when outsiders start snooping which everybody has had drilled into them since childhood. Eventually the woman is found dead and Maya and some friends get some curious information out of her cabin. All the while Maya becomes aware of what her own native ancestry truly means to her. The only part of the book I did not like was the abrupt ending! However, I am predicting the next Clay/Elena in the Rafe/Maya situation :)more
Confession: I don't have a good relationship with Kelley Armstrong. Okay, I know that sounds weird, but I mean that purely in a "not-a-good-relationship-with-her-books" kind of way (I don't know, when I read a book I almost feel like I have some sort of connection to the author, like I know him/her personally almost). I've tried her Otherworld series and her Darkest Powers series and, considering the types of books I usually like to read, both of these series should be staples. But they just aren't. I've read Bitten (first of the Otherworld series) and The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1) and didn't really like either of them. So, why, then am I reading and reviewing the newest book from Armstrong? I guess I wanted to give her another try. The first book in a new series called Darkness Rising, The Gathering introduces sixteen-year-old Maya, who lives in a tiny town that's far from interesting. Until her friend Serena, captain of the swim team, dies. Then Maya's friend Daniel starts to have visions of the future. Then a new boy shows up in town, Rafe. And, to top it all off, Maya discovers that she may not be as human as she thinks.Okay, how many times have I heard this story before -or something similar? It seems like these types of paranormal romances just come off an assembly line now. And, sadly, The Gathering didn't really add anything new to the genre. Maya was a decent character, and her conflicts do feel real and just make sense in the context the story. The story even offers some twists to at least keep it interesting (I did finish the book), but it just wasn't enough for me to get fully invested in the story and the characters.Maybe I just naturally don't mesh well with Armstrong's writing, but it, along with this book, is just not for me.more
Believe it or not, this is the first book by Kelley Armstrong I read. I had heard a lot about some of her series, like The Darkest Powers, but I never had the opportunity to read any of them. So I was really happy to read this one, and to meet (finally) her work. The Gathering has a good plot. A different story, full of mystery, Native American tales and believes, and the idea of an Island, a Research Island, (Made me remember LOST : D ) was really nice. But… I didn't enjoyed the book too much.What Happened? I don't know exactly, maybe I was waiting more, o maybe I had read too many YA books in less than a week. The plot like I said before is full of mystery, but sometimes was a little bit predictable and not so surprising like the writer wanted to be. Specially Maya's birthmark, Annie, and Maya's relationship with the cougars… everything was too clear… but at the ending, things are a little more darker, with all the story of the research, and I really liked that part. Maya's character wasn't entirely of my liking. She was kind of the brave girl, who likes sports and she is more strong than a group of boys… and the way she behaved was like she was the best, and the rest of the group were… only the rest. Sometimes I enjoy this kind of characters like Katniss from The Hunger Games, but this time, was too much. I didn't like Rafe either. Maybe because I liked Daniel from the very first moment, or maybe, because he was supposedly to be the bad guy, but he wasn't soooo bad at all. All his story, about his family is sad, of course, but the way he opened immediately to Maya, make him less mysterious and less important. I saw their romance lack of feeling, like a normal teenager romance of a few weeks… (Ok, I'm not saying is not good to see a normal romance in a novel, but I was waiting more… I'm tired of normal things… That's why I read YA fiction novels… and Paranormal stuff) So, when I read how she, in a few hours started making out with him, because he was sincere with her about his sad life, I said, what the hell!!!!! If a guy is sincere with me, I'm definitely not making out with him. Daniel was my only favorite character, and I don't have too much to talk about him. So, what can I say? I'm not fan of this book, but I recommend it to everybody who liked books like Shiver, or Nightshade. Or any kind of book related with werewolves or salvage animals. 2/5 Stars, It was OK.more
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