The GatheringHardback Darkness Rising (Hardcover)
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: Hardback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 30mm | 431g
- Publication date: 12 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0061797022
- ISBN 13: 9780061797026
- Sales rank: 128,364
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home?and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy?her paw-print birthmark.
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By Stormi Johnson 18 Jun 2011
This was my first book by Kelley Armstrong, though I have heard a lot of great things about her other books I have just never found the time to read them. Since I won this book from Harper Collins I decided to give her a try.
I can't say that this was the best book I have ever read but I can't say that it was horrible either, so I am sort of in the middle about it. I found the storyline to be interesting but at times found the book to be a little dull. It came out with a strong beginning, then dragged in the middle then the ending picked up a bit and got more interesting then it left you with the dreaded cliffhanger ending. Now I absolutely hate cliffhanger endings but I don't mind them so much if things are sort of wrapped up but this book left you right in the middle of everything, so many questions unanswered. I just hate that, I really do, I know its a series but geez, just don't stop the book abruptly like that..errr.
Maya is a teenage girl who was adopted and she has no real clues to her heritage. She knows she has to be native because she can tell that when she looks in the mirror, but what tribe? She has no clue, but she does have a unusual paw print birthmark. She thinks its cool and wants to get a tattoo enhancing its uniqueness. She has no clue that that birthmark means she is not just a ordinary teenager, that there is a reason she as a way with big cats. Other than some of these strange things she is pretty much your average teenager. She is haunted by the death of her best friend, Serena, who drowned, but is a champion swimmer.
Her other best friend, Daniel, has a way of knowing if people are bad or good and can seem to put people at ease with his soothing voice. None of this really seems strange to Maya a girl who hangs out with animals. Daniel is my favorite character, because he is the good looking guy who doesn't seem to know he is and I always like that in a guy. He is just a sweet, fun loving guy who is also haunted by the death of Serena, who was his girl friend. He doesn't want to date and sometimes I wonder if he doesn't have a secret crush on his best friend, Maya.
Rafe, is the new bad boy in town and Maya doesn't really want anything to do with him. She has seen the way he gets girls to like him, then tosses them to the side. He is a player in her eyes, but there is just something about him that she is drawn too. When is bad boy act doesn't work with her, he switches gears and tries just being honest, and that works. Maya is hooked instantly to the sexy, honest, sweet Rafe. Sometimes she knows its to good to be true, but she can't help herself, she is falling for him. After his secret is revealed, and Maya learns things about herself, it seems like it could be the breaking point for their relationship. He is not my favorite main character and I think it has a lot to do with how he dealt with his secret and Maya. I am with her on things I just don't think he did things the right way.
Overall, I thought the book was decent and I know its the first in a series so I will give the next book a chance mainly because I am really curious as to what happens since there are so many unanswered questions. What really happened to Serena? Who are Maya's birth parents? Who was Mina Lee?, etc there are a lot of questions that need answers. I think if you like Kelley Armstrong then you might like it also if you like paranormal YA books you might want to give it a try also.
By TeensReadToo 11 Apr 2011
Maya lives in a special community - it's based around a research hospital. And only certain families are invited to live there.
Maya's family lives in a park where her dad is the ranger. She's always had a special connection with the mountain lions, but recently they've been seen around a lot more. Suddenly, Maya is having flashes of the world from a mountain lion's point of view. But she has no idea why. And she still wonders what really happened a little while back when her best friend, who was a strong swimmer, suddenly drowned. Things are definitely not what they seem to be in this little town.
Add in her best friend, Daniel, and the new hot boy, Rafe, and you've got a great trio of characters. This book will keep you wondering as to what will happen next.
THE GATHERING was a nice change in that I really enjoyed it! I think I was in a reading rut and just couldn't seem to read a book that I really enjoyed until this one. That being said, I do have to say that for the most part, this book is pretty predictable. I knew Maya's secret pretty much from the beginning, as well as Rafe's. But I'm not sure just how Rafe's secret is tied to Maya's. Hmmm. And I"m not sure how their little community plays into it just yet, but I'm sure it does somehow. And Daniel...sometimes I felt like he had feelings for Maya, and other times he just seemed like a big brother.
There were so many unanswered questions - but in a good way! In a way that makes it so you can't wait to get your hands on the sequel. I can't wait to read the next book, THE CALLING. Hopefully, it will answer a bunch of questions that I have!
"Armstrong begins her new series with a swift-paced start, creating memorable characters and interesting premises."--Booklist