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The Gathering (Darkness Rising Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Read

I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

posted by theReader278 on June 29, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

33 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

Quite a cliffhanger...

THE GATHERING, by Kelley Armstrong, is the start of her second YA series. After reading the whole Darkest Powers series, I was dying to jump into the start of this new one, still taking place in the same 'world' but with new characters.

I love Kelley Armstrong. Ask ...
THE GATHERING, by Kelley Armstrong, is the start of her second YA series. After reading the whole Darkest Powers series, I was dying to jump into the start of this new one, still taking place in the same 'world' but with new characters.

I love Kelley Armstrong. Ask anyone who knows me and they can probably tell you she is one of my favorites. I will read anything with her name on it no questions asked. I love the 'Otherworld' that she created that spans across her series's. BUT, I have to say this was the first time I was slightly disappointed. Let me explain...

The first chapter hooked me right away, the drowning of Maya's best friend sent shock waves of sadness through me. I needed to know what happened. Also, the mysterious heritage that Maya soon discovered via a crazy old woman made me crazy with anticipation. Let's add in a new kid who is hot and has the hots for our leading lady (with an equally hot best guy friend). These elements raised questions that I was dying to have answered. But sadly, at the end of the book I felt I needed more.

This book felt like just an introduction to the series and not a self-contained book. Maya's heritage was explained somewhat, but a zillion other questions were left hanging. The pace was always high but I felt it ended too quickly and easy.

Overall, I did like the story. I fell in love with the characters (Rafe and Daniel especially, yum!) and the unique circumstances Maya experienced. The romance was steamy and the mystery of the small Canadian town piqued my interest. I loved Maya's connections and powers with animals and I yearned for each time she experienced them. The book as a whole was a great start to the series and although I expected more from it, I am actually dying to read the next book for more of my questions to be answered.

Cover note: Love this cover! The blue hues make it look mysterious and I would definitely buy this book right off the shelf for the cover alone.

posted by kittydanza on April 12, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2011

    WARNING!!!DONT READ THIS BOOK!

    This book is a good 360 pg. of a bunch of crap! Not only was it slow paced and dragged on foreeever, but at the end when you're expecting answers, you find out that you have to wait for the next boring book for answers ... which you probably wont recieve. What was she thinkging when she wrote this? It was truely agonizing to read but I spent my money on this book and forced myself to read it. Writer, if you're reading this, at least answer some of the questions! I didn't get nothing from this book. Terrible. I won't read anything from this author ever again ... period.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Midnightdream

    She gets help

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    H

    Half-face ran in and crouched beside Frostcloud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Lightningstar

    Thanks Velveteyes. Who ever is or was fighting i'd stop. Only bc the starclan is cwatching over u. They could banish u.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Brokenstar

    Because i wanted u to know the taste of ulimate pain and suffering. Drags Glowpelt to torture result two and throws her into an indestructable cage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Best book ever

    I freken loved it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Terrible!

    You can't go changing the main character and expect some people to like it or even bother to read it. It is just confusing. I will never pick it up again!

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    ?

    Is this apart if the darkest powers series or is this a whole new series

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2011

    open ended ending

    This book was rather dull. It left way to many questions unanwsered. I get that you have to leave the reader wanting more for the next couple of books, but what this author did was throw a bunch of theories at you and questions and only anwsered one by the time I finished the book. The book was dissapointing.

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