Review – The Gathering
By Kelley Armstrong
And now let’s mix things up with a little YA paranormal…
I wanted to scream in frustration at the cliffhanger at the end of this book! Luckily The Calling was just released April 10th, I need to pick that up! Armstrong has been taking lessons from Karen Marie Moning (read the Fever series and you will see what I mean! My cousin calls them cliffhangers from hell). Anyway, this book sucked me in at the end of Chapter 1. I simply could not put it down. I snuck in reading time wherever I thought I could get away with it. Pretty bad of me because I neglected quite a few things, though it was not the first time and won’t be the last. I have read almost all of the Women of the Underworld books as well as the Darkest Powers trilogy, but you honestly do not need to have read those to enjoy and appreciate this book. I think there are few names that sounded familiar, but this is a separate situation entirely, so far anyway. The Darkest powers trilogy, also YA, were good, but not nearly as consuming as this start to Darkness Rising.
Maya was adopted and she lives in an extremely small isolated village owned by the St. Cloud research facility, with her loving parents and friends. She has a faded birthmark of a paw print. She is great with animals, her dad is the park ranger basically, and they live on the preserve. She also runs a rehabilitation center for wounded wildlife. She is just turning 16. There is a lot that is unknown and uncovered in this book, but there are still so many open issues that the cliffhanger just kills me.
There is a little romance, snarky teen dialogue, a great relationship with Maya and her parents and interesting secrets afoot. You would think in a village of 200, you would know everyone’s secrets, but they are just waiting to be uncovered. The reader finds things out as Maya does, so while you may know something looks funky, she may not investigate right away. You have to be a tiny bit patient with her. If you like YA with a paranormal twist, you should do yourself a favor and pick this book up. 4.5 stars.