Author: Kelley Armstrong
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover, 359 pages
Date Published: April 12, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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.
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.
Maya’s best friend Daniel is a very lust-worthy package too. Not only is he tall, muscly, and gorgeous, but he’s sweet. He and Maya have a very playful banter throughout the book and one of the strongest friendships I’ve ever read.
The new guy Rafe, on the other hand, is much more mysterious. It’s hard to get a read on him, which is exactly the point. Sometimes I really, really liked him, but other times I wanted to punch him in the face. He’s got that sexy bad boy thing going for him, but it also works against. Bad boys can only be sexy for so long before they become a lost cause, right?
The mystery in The Gathering builds up nicely, allowing the reader glimpses into what may be going on, but never saying it outright. Unfortunately, I had the big parts figured out right from the beginning. Kelley Armstrong’s pacing and slow reveals kept me glued to the page though. I could not put the book down because I had to be certain what was going to happen. And I had plenty of surprises too. I loved the way certain things unfolded and how certain things were revealed, so if my extreme vagueness is bothering, sorry, but I’m not giving anything away. You’ll have to pick up the book to find out what happens.
The Gathering is a fast-paced, entertaining, and wildly descriptive start to what is sure to be an addicting trilogy. I’m more than a little eager for the next installment, since Armstrong left us with some answers, but even more questions. Be warned though, the ending is very cliffhanger-ish. Not, ‘oh my, what is going to happen next’ cliffhanger, but more, ‘how in the world could it just end like that! I need more! Please tell me what happens!’ cliffhanger-ish. Obviously, I’ll be reading the next one.
Opening line: 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. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines/passages: “This is so cool,” I said loudly as Dad walked away.
“Have you met the tattoo artist? Is he hot?”
“He’s a she,” Mom said.
“Is she hot? Cause I’m still young, you know. My sexual identity isn’t fully formed.” ~ pg. 37
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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