Review: The Gathering

Review: The GatheringThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #1
Published by Harper on April 12, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 359
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted

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

Until now.

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

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

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 particular 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. For another review, check out Nori’s Closet.

8 responses to “Review: The Gathering”

  1. Nori says:

    I love that we read a lot of the same books! And you totally seemed to like this one more than I thought you would. By the way I went and read Aurelia after you blogged about, and I really enjoyed it!

  2. Christina says:

    This book had some problems, but for what it is, it’s good. Plus, Armstrong just makes you want to keep reading. It’s like candy.

  3. Becca says:

    The Gathering wasn’t nearly as good as The Summoning, but it definitely made me want more! My favorite reference to the former trilogy was the reference to Liz. Also, agreed re: Rafe; he does absolutely nothing for me, ESPECIALLY after we got Derek (SO MUCH <3 FOR DEREK). I'm not that keen on Daniel as a love interest, either, though.
    Personally, I’d like to know more about Sam.

  4. Christina says:

    Sam as a love interest or in general or both?

  5. Gaby says:

    I love this series but my favorite is the last book in the trilogy

  6. ZaraAlexis says:

    I wasn’t really familiar with Kelley Armstrong and then I picked up this book and read and reviewed it, too! You’re so right when you say it’s so easy and readable. That’s exactly what I loved about it. I like Daniel, too, but there’s something about him as well that’s mysterious. I would like to see how her relationship develops with Rafe. I;m still waiting to read “The Calling.”

    • Christina says:

      Yeah, I wasn’t set on a particular part of the love triangle, either, although I really want to learn more about Daniel. And Rafe. Haha.

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