Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering
by Kelley Armstrong
Publication Date: April 12th 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins (HarperTeen)
Pages: 359
ISBN: 9780061797026
Source: Purchase

Where to Buy:
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Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet. -

My Review:

I have been waiting forever for this book to be released! I LOVE the Darkest Powers trilogy. It’s in my top 5 favorite series. When I found out Mrs. Armstrong would be writing another series, I was so excited!! I really enjoyed reading The Gathering. I think I liked it even more than the books in the first series. (If that’s even possible!)

I loved the characters. All of them! Maya is strong willed and caring. Everyone loves her. Her BFF, Daniel, really cares for her, and I have to wonder if it’s more than that on his end. Rafe, the bad boy in school, is mysterious and, well… hot! I love the parents in this series also. They are pretty awesome, and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments between them and Maya.

As this is a spin-off of the Darkest Powers trilogy, there are parts in The Gathering that we will know from the first series. I wish I had re-read the Darkest Powers trilogy before I read this, so that I could remember some people, as the names seem familiar, but I can’t quite put my finger on them. This could definitely be read as a standalone book as well. There is a lot of mystery, supernatural, and quite a bit of romance in this book. It’s a great start for the new trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the next two books!

The Gathering Book Trailer (Which is awesomeness!)

HarperTeens Feature page for The Gathering:

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  1. I have to admit I wasn't too sure about this series but I'm convinced I'll read The Gathering now thanks to you. I loved The Darkest Powers series and I was afraid to find this one bad in comparison.. But I'm really excited to read this book now !! Thanks you Christy ;)

  2. Sounds awesome! I read the Darkest Powers but only got to half of the second book, I didn't really enjoy that too much. I did enjoy The Summoning though, so I think I'll try and buy this sometime, see if it's as good.

  3. Hey Christy, nice review...I just finsihed reading all three in the darkest powers series about a month back and read them in part because this spin-off series sounded so interesting. Quick there a huge cliffhanger at the end of this one like there was in the first book of the darkest powers series?

  4. I am so glad you liked this book as well. Maya's parents really are amazing. I am anxiously awaiting the next book! Great review.

  5. So I should read the Darkest Power trilogy before this one then?

  6. I haven't started this series yet, but soon! The trailer for The Gathering is AWESOME! Makes me regret that I can't start it sooner lol <3

  7. I am waiting on my library to get this one, I already have it on hold. Thanks for linking the trailer, I have not seen it and it really makes me more excited for the book!
    Truly Bookish

  8. I loved The Gathering as well! I loved it even more than the Darkest Powers trilogy! Maya was a great main character and the plot was so captivating. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series :)

  9. Great review. I'm very interested in reading Kelley Armstrong. I've been hearing so much about this book, but I may try her other series first.

  10. Ooh, I've been waiting for this one since I first discovered via a giveaway on Goodreads. The cover is goooorgeous and reading this review just reminds me how intrigued I am every time I see the cover. Library hold done!

  11. Thanks guys for stopping by! This series is definitely awesome. If you haven't read it yet, you should!

    @Yaseena- This does have a cliffhanger ending. It's not too bad though!

    @Bookish Brunette- You can read it as a standalone series, but it really helps to have read the first trilogy so you kind of know what's going on. :)

  12. This book is totally going on my wishlist. Glad to know I can read it as a standalone. But I'll check out the other books.

  13. I'm so happy to read you enjoyed this one even more than the Darkest Powers trilogy! I agree it was a fantastic series and I can't wait to jump into this new one. Thanks!


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