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Author: Kelley Armstrong / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 07 April 2011 / Genre: Children's Fantasy & Magical Realism / Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group / Title: The Gathering / ISBN 13: 9781907410178 / ISBN 10: 1907410178

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      30.12.2012 14:39
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      Girl finds out shapeshifters live in her secluded town

      Title: The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)
      Author: Kelley Armstrong
      Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
      Publication Date: 12th April 2011
      Publisher: HarperCollins
      Goodreads Summary: Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

      Until now.

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

      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.

      { Review }

      I noticed this book on display in the library and I picked it up seeing that it was a new book published earlier this year. (I started this review in 2011! It's taken me this long to get back round to it)

      This book was really slow to get started but once it was got going I was sucked into the story. This is the first in a trilogy so I guess it can be excused from this slow start as there was a lot of story setting and character introducing to be done. To be honest, not a lot actually happens in this novel, at least, not until the closing passages and this was really frustrating. I'd say that the slow start coupled with the really exciting ending combined to make this an average book that wasn't that brilliant. However, as the story has now been set up and it's clear from the ending of the novel that the author is capable of some really good writing, I'm hoping that the next to instalments in this trilogy will be jam-packed full of pure awesomeness.

      When I read young adult books, it is rare that I like both the best friend and the boyfriend, but surprisingly I loved them both in this novel. Daniel, Maya's best friend, is such a kind and caring character and maybe the reason I like him so much is because he does what he's supposed to do. He's the best friend. He doesn't want to be anything more than the best friend and I'm glad that the author didn't fall in line with many other young adult romances. Rafe on the other hand, is dark and mysterious. He's clearly hiding something and you're just desperate to find out what it is. Even Rafe doesn't conform to the young adult stereotypes as he's actually got a whole new persona that's just waiting to be unveiled as soon as he learns to trust someone. Rafe's character is hot. Like super hot. You can't help but falling in love with him and rooting for him and Maya.

      I felt that some parts of the plot were very unoriginal, especially the whole mysterious new guy in town - what's he hiding? sort of thing. However, the supernatural beings were different from any other kind I've ever come across, in some ways at least. Actually they have beings very similar to these in the TV series True Blood, but seeing as this was being written at the same time True Blood was being filmed it's highly improbable that either one of the plots was copied. The book description really doesn't give much away so I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone by telling you what sort of paranormal creatures are featured, but I will tell you that they're not vampire and they're not werewolves (was that a hurrah I heard?). You don't really find out what secrets are hiding right until the very end so I really would be giving away the whole story if I told you anything.
      This story ended on a brilliant cliff hanger and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next instalment, which, incidently has already been released since it took me so long to write this review! This story was good, but far too much time was spent on the build up and not enough on the action. The series itself; however, has the potential to be really great so I'm hoping that now all the boring set-up is over the story can really get going!

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      08.05.2011 16:31
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      Three out of five stars

      The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

      --Synopsis--

      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--

      The Gathering is the first book in a new series by Kelley Armstrong, part of the 'A darkness rising' series aimed at the YA Market. The book starts off with a rather dramatic opening scene but then the pace of the story slows down and the plot takes quite a while to unfold. However, that doesn't mean it wasn't entertaining as I did enjoy getting immersed in the characters lives. However, it wasn't really until the last third of the book that the story started to reveal itself, develop and get much, much more exciting.


      Right from the start I thought that Maya was a great character and someone that I would like, she has quite a sharp sense of humour and a strong sense of who she is. She is also feisty, opinionated and very in touch with nature especially with the wild animals, which is demonstrated in her work alongside her dad who is the local park ranger. Maya is often left in charge of looking after any hurt or injured animals until they are ready to be re-release back into their natural habitat.


      I loved the location of this book it was almost like an additional character. Kelley Armstrong did a fantastic job at really evoking a strong sense of the massive forest that surrounded the small town of Salmon Creek. However, it really made me want to stay out of any forests, even thou there is not even a slight chance of a Cougar, bear or any other scary animal attack in the North East of Scotland where I live.


      Although I was really enjoying this book I have to admit that I just didn't like the ending. I realise that this book is going to be part of a series but it just stopped right in what felt like the middle of the story. I like books in a series to have some sort of natural ending to each book, that doesn't mean I don't think there shouldn't be a massive cliff hanger, I love cliff hangers! I just don't want to feel cheated out of an ending, which this book left me feeling.


      Kelley Armstrong is a beautiful writer and the story just flowed effortlessly, while creating stunning backdrops and setting the scene for the future books. As a start to a new series this book really does a great job at asking a lot of questions and frustratingly not giving as many answers as I would have liked, which will undoubtedly be addressed in the subsequent books.


      As I mentioned the pace of this book was perhaps a tad slower than I would have liked, but I did enjoy it and I can't wait to find out what happens in the second book. This book felt more like one half of a book than a complete novel.


      I would recommend this book, but I would recommend waiting to read this one until some more of the series is published. I was hugely disappointed in the book just cutting off the story in mid flow and would have preferred to be able to pick up the next instalment straight away rather than having to patiently wait to find out what happens to Maya and the other residents of Salmon Creek.


      I don't love the UK cover of this book, but I did find that it grew on me. It isn't near as nice as the covers for her pervious YA series.


      GOOD, but would have been GREAT if the ending had been better and not such a disappointment - three out of five stars.


      Genre - YA, paranormal
      Published by Atom (March 2011)
      Paperback - 359 pages (£7.99)

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