Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

May 10, 2013 3 - 3.5 Stars, Kelley Armstrong, Paranormal, Shapeshifters 4 ★★★

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising # 1
Published by HarperCollins on April 12, 2011
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 359
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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.
The Gathering is a fun little paranormal novel, set on a tiny island in Canada.  The setting, in fact, was one of my favorite parts of the story.  It was so richly drawn, I found myself wishing I could visit.    We also get a little bit of Native American lore, an interesting topic that I hope is explored more in the sequel.  I wish the same attention had been paid to Maya, a very bland character, despite her…unusual abilities.  Rafe and Daniel, as the potential love interest and best friend, respectively, fare better in the personality department than Maya.  Adults were mostly absent, and the kids ruled the show.  Several of them, particularly the girls, were not very developed, and I had a difficult time telling them apart.  Some were mean, some were nice, and that was about all I took away.

There are mysteries to be solved, primarily the suspicious nature of Maya’s best friend, Selena’s, suspicious drowning death.  The question of Maya’s biological parents and a possible conspiracy involving unethical science experiments kept Maya busy for much of the story.

There wasn’t a lot in The Gathering to get worked up about, in either a positive or negative way.  I am curious enough to want to read the sequel, but I’m hoping that Maya shows some sparks of personality.  A succession of mysteries is all well and good, but I need a few answers along the way to keep me reading.

Review posted at  Goodreads.


4 Responses to “Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong”

  1. Aman

    I liked KA’s Summoning series, and I thought this one was kinda similar to that, but after your review, I’m pretty sure the other series was much much better. Hopefully the next one in this series turns out to be great. Thanks for the review 🙂

  2. rivie bleu

    I hadn’t seen this before, but now I’m intrigued by it. You don’t get any answers, or do they only come at the end? “kids rules the show” as in lord of the flies? I should look for this book

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