The Gathering (Darkness Rising Series #1)

The Gathering (Darkness Rising Series #1)

by Kelley Armstrong

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ISBN-13: 9780061797033
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Series: Darkness Rising Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 102,287
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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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. Everyone except me. “For God’s sake, Seri,” I said, “just dive already.” Serena stuck out her tongue and shifted closer to the edge, toes wrapping around it. She bounced there, blond ponytail bobbing, cheeks puffing. Then she dove. It was, as usual, an effort worthy of the Olympics, and she sliced into the water so smoothly that barely a ripple pinged across the glassy surface.
 
She popped back up, sleek as a seal. “Your turn, Maya!” I flipped her the finger. She laughed and dove again. Serena was the swimmer—captain of the school team. It’s not my thing, really. This was the part I liked, just sitting on the rock ledge, bare feet dangling. I basked in the morning sun, drinking in the rich, late-summer air and the perfect view of the crystal-clear lake, the distant snow-capped mountains, the endless evergreens.
 
As Serena swam to the middle of the lake, I squinted over at the path, looking for a familiar blond head. Daniel was supposed to join us.
 
Daniel and I had been friends since I’d moved to Salmon Creek when I was five. Then, last year, there’d been a school dance where the girls were supposed to invite the guys, and Serena thought we should draw straws to see who asked Daniel. I liked him, but not the way Serena did, so I’d fixed the game so she’d win. They’d been together ever since.
 
As Serena swam back toward me, I stripped to my bra and panties, dropping my clothes into the bushes below.
 
“Ooh la la,” she called. “Check out the new undies. Did some amazing friend finally take pity and buy you grown-up stuff?”
 
“Yes, and she’d better be right about them not going seethrough when they get wet. Otherwise her boyfriend is going to see a lot more of me than she’d like.”
 
Serena laughed. “They’ll be fine. White’s your color. Shows off your tan.”
 
I shook my head at her and plaited my long black hair. I don’t have a tan. I’m Native. Navajo, maybe. I’d been adopted as a baby and my mother hadn’t been around to fill in any background forms.
 
I climbed farther up the rocks and stopped at one overhanging the lake.
 
As I balanced there, Serena called, “Hey, those low riders show off your birthmark. Did you ask your parents about getting that tattoo?”
 
My fingers dropped to the mark on my hip. It looked like a faded paw print, and I wanted to get it tattooed so it would show up better.
 
“Mom says maybe when I’m sixteen. Dad says when I’m sixty.”
 
“He’ll come around.” She flipped onto her back and floated. “He always does. You should do it for your sixteenth birthday next year. We’ll get your mom to take us over to Vancouver, make a weekend of it. I’ll get one, too. I want a nightingale, right over my boob, so when I get up on stage in my sexy dress, cut down to—”
 
She flailed suddenly. “Maya!”
 
She went under. Disappeared completely, like a hook had dragged her down.
 
I jumped into the water, and I hit it wrong. Pain smacked me so hard I gasped. Water filled my mouth and my nose. I swam out in a frantic dog paddle. I could see the rings where Serena had gone under. They seemed to get farther away with every clumsy stroke I took.
 
I treaded water, looking around. “Serena?”
 
No answer.
 
“If this is a prank to get me in the lake, it worked,” I said, my voice quavering.
 
When she didn’t reply, I dove. As I went under, panic hit, like it always did—my gut telling me this was wrong, dangerous, get above the surface or I’d drown.
 
The normally clear lake was brown, churned up dirt swirling through it, and I couldn’t see.
 
I shot up from the water.
 
“Help!” I shouted. “Someone! Please!”
 
I dove again, blind and flailing, praying my hand or foot would brush Serena.
 
She’s been under too long.
 
No, she hadn’t. Serena could hold her breath forever. Last year, we’d timed her at a swim meet and she’d stayed under for five minutes before the coach ran over and made her stop. I couldn’t hold my breath even for a minute. I bobbed up again, gasping.
 
“Maya!”
 
I followed the shout to the shore. The sun glinted off the wet rocks and I blinked. Then I glimpsed blond wavy hair and a flash of tanned skin as Daniel yanked off his shirt.
 
“It’s Serena,” I shouted. “She went und—”
 
My kicking leg caught on something. I tried to pull, but it tightened around my ankle. I went under, screaming. Water filled my mouth as it closed over my head.
 
I fought, kicking and twisting, trying to grab at whatever had me. My fingers brushed something soft, and my brain screamed “Serena!” I tried to grab her, but I was dragged deeper and deeper until my feet hit the bottom. Then, whatever was wrapped around my ankle fell away.
 
I pushed up through the murky water. But as soon as my feet left the lake bottom, I couldn’t tell where the surface was anymore. Everything was dark. My lungs burned. My head throbbed. I kept fighting my way up. Oh God, let it be up. Finally I broke through. I felt the sunlight and the slap of cool air, only to go back down again. I pushed up, but couldn’t stay afloat, couldn’t seem to remember how to tread water. My whole body ached. Staying above was such a struggle, it was almost a relief when the water closed over my head again, peaceful silence enveloping me.
 
I had to struggle not to give in, had to force my arms and legs to keep churning, get my head back above—
 
Arms grabbed me. They seemed to be pulling me under and I struggled against them.
 
“Maya!” Daniel shouted. “It’s me.”
 
I didn’t care. I needed him to let go of me, leave me be, let me breathe. He gripped me tighter, wrapping one strong arm around me as he swam.
 
I told Daniel to let me go, that I could make it to shore, just find Serena, please find Serena. He thought I was still panicking and kept hauling me along until, finally, he heaved me onto the rocks.
 
“Serena,” I gasped. “Get Serena.”
 
He hoisted himself up and scanned the shore and I realized he hadn’t understood. Oh God, he hadn’t heard me.
 
“Serena!” I yelled. “She went under. I was trying to find her.”
 
His eyes widened. He twisted and plunged into the lake. I huddled there on a rock, coughing, as he swam out. I watched him dive and come back up. Dive and come back up. Dive and come back up . . .
 
They dragged the lake that afternoon and found Serena’s body. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning. A healthy teenage girl, captain of the swim team, had drowned. No one knew how it happened. An undertow. A cramp. A freak panic attack. There were plenty of guesses but no answers.
 
Soon all that was left of Serena was a monument in the school yard. The town moved on. I didn’t. Something had happened in that lake, something I couldn’t explain. But I would. One day, I would.

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kittydanza More than 1 year ago
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.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Anggie6 More than 1 year ago
This series has a lot to live up to for her young adult series, i kind of wish though she will tell more about Chloe and Derek. I fell in love with Derek and i need to know what had happened to him.
Willow114 More than 1 year ago
I am so excited for this book! I absolutly loved the darkest powers series. And just to let people know, Kelley said on her blog that Chloe and the gang might show up in the third book of this series! Anyways, super excited for this book, and the first chapter of this is on the darkest powers website (that's also where kelley's blog is and three novellas for the darkest poweres series, and one of them is in Derek's point of view) just thought you should know =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this book as a daily find and decided to buy it. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. I'm about to buy the second book and hope that it answers some of the questions left unanswered from this book. In a way it's like having one long book to read which is great, but sucks that you have to keep buying $10 books to keep reading it! I really did enjoy it and recomend it for kids and adults alike.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! It was really funny at times too. When does the next book in this series come out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My roommate let me read this and it was very hard to put down. I think it was an amazing book. I reccomend (sorry bad spelling) this book to anyone who likes love and mystery.
shmy More than 1 year ago
The Gathering is the first book in a new trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, it is a companion series to the The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1). I very much enjoyed the first trilogy, and was willing to give The Gathering a shot. Unfortunately it didn't deliver. The character relationships are pretty much the same as in the Darkest Powers series (and like 80% of paranormal YA books too). Special teen finds out she's special on her birthday, there's a pseudo triangle, and same as the original series there's another girl chasing one of the boys in the triangle and hates hour special teen heroine. The only difference is the setting and the abilities of our special teen. That said, I found Maya very likeable, as well as Daniel and Rafe, the boys closest to Maya. The pacing of this books is also not very good, pretty much nothing happens for the first 15 chapters. The ending does leave you with more questions than answers, so I suppose it's a good hook for the next book. I did enjoy speculating who the St. Cloud corporation was, and finding a couple of 'easter eggs' that reminded me of the first series. Will I read the next book in the series? Right now I'm not sure I want to read the next book in the series I felt I had to force myself to finish this book. Perhaps I will wait until the series is completed because truly this book doesn't reveal much, so as a standalone it really didn't do it for me. Cover Commentary: Gorgeous, I think Maya is gorgeous and I love the sparkly earring!
Amilena More than 1 year ago
The first few chapters had me wondering if I would like the book or not, but as I kept on reading I couldn't put it down, just as any of the other books by this author that I have read.
PrettyAngelNYC More than 1 year ago
Maya is a girl who is adopted. For some reason she has a birthmark on her hip the shape of a paw print. She didn't know why she she had it but didn't think to much about it. Until a new stranger comes to town and she gets involves with him. It turns out he has some secrets of his own. That might change her life forever. Maybe for the wrost or for the better, that depends on who she love and who she love more, family or the boy she is in love with. The question is not if you are ready but when Maya.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
tas1396 More than 1 year ago
I absolutley loved this series. I kept wanting to read this series to find out what would happen next. Derek is a great character, and i fell in love with him. I hope Kelley's new series is just as good as the darkest powers. I wish though that she hadn't stopped the sereies, maybe she might add on to it or something. I hope so!!
theflutterbyroom on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I will preface this review by admitting that I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong¿s, and I have read all of her books (though not many anthologies) which have so far been published in the UK. I was introduced to her through reading her book Bitten ¿ the first book of her Women of the Otherworld Series which is aimed at an adult readership.The Gathering is the first book in Kelley Armstrong¿s new Young Adult (YA) series The Darkness Rising. This is Armstrong¿s second foray into the YA market, the first being her The Darkest Powers Trilogy. Like her previous works, The Gathering is set in a world similar to our own but with some vital differences ¿ how it differs is only hinted at in this book, but if you¿ve read any of her other works then you¿ll have a pretty good idea. If you¿ve not read any of her books before then don¿t worry, as this series works as a stand-alone (based on the evidence of this book).The main character of this book is Maya Delaney, a teen with Native American heritage but who was adopted when she was a baby. She is a very likeable and well-rounded character. In fact, although this is never really explicitly mentioned in the book, she is rather popular. This may be because there are only sixty-eight children in her school, and the population of Salmon Creek is only 200, but it is hinted that this is not why. She certainly seems to be well liked on the whole by her peers and by the adults of the community. Maya has a strong like for the outdoors and for wildlife which percolates throughout the book ¿ she looks after injured wildlife and then releases it back into the wild once it is well. Her friendship with Daniel is a strong and deep one, despite the slight distance between the characters ¿ there doesn¿t seem to be many secrets between them, and their lives seem very closely entwined ¿ and there is no sense of romance between them. They are just two good friends ¿ Maya seems to be the only girl of her peers who isn¿t attracted to Daniel.The book opens with a bang, which won¿t be much of a surprise for readers as the first nine chapter is available online (just visit her website to have a taste of this book). At first everything seems very ordinary, and then things fast go downhill. This event sets up the whole book (and quite possibly the whole series). It certainly changes a lot of things for both Maya and Daniel. The next chapter takes place nearly a year after this event, showing both how things have changed and how things have remained the same. There is a sense of deep community ties within the book, as everyone seems to know what is going on with everyone else and Maya is very much a part of this. There is also the feeling that you are either part of the community or you are not, as the kids are taught how to handle people who ask questions about Salmon Creek ¿ this is most definitely a reflection of the fact that Salmon Creek supports a medical-research lab. The lab in question seems to be very high security, but it provides a lot of benefits for the people of Salmon Creek ¿ however, there is a sense of mystery surrounding it despite its seeming openness.The plot of The Gathering is made up of three main themes: mystery, romance and friendship. Of these, mystery and friendship are the most predominant ones. The romance in the book doesn¿t appear until over fourteen chapters in to the story ¿ so if you¿re looking for a quick romance story, then this isn¿t the book for you. Armstrong handles the romance element of the story with charm and grace. There is enough of it to keep the story interesting, but not so much that if it¿s not your kind of thing you find yourself flipping through the pages until you find the end. The mystery and the friendship themes percolate through the book from the opening chapter. There are several mysteries presented as the story progresses, though few of them are answered in this book and the book itself ends on a cliff-hanger ¿ but don¿t let this put you off! The mysteries
sithereandread on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
jacindahinten on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Kelley Armstrong is a wonderful story-teller. I was captivated through the first third of the book without much of the paranormal aspect of the story coming into play yet. Many situations and such seemed very contemporary. Only at the end were we really reminded The Gathering is not¿well, contemporary. Maya is very strong character! She built strong relationships with the people around her. She¿s very loyal to her family, friends, and all the furry (or scary) animals she rehabilitates. There¿s just something about Rafe, I don¿t even know what it is. Maya actually mentions in the book he isn¿t drop dead gorgeous, but probably the mystery initially about him drew her too him. Rafe never gives up and has loyalty and determination just like Maya. Rafe can be very sweet and I love how he acts when he¿s around Maya. Daniel, Maya¿s best friend, is the quintessential best friend. He¿s pretty much perfect in that area. He voices his opinions to Maya, but still lets her do things on her own. Maya acts the same way towards Daniel. The Gathering left me with many questions and such. I¿ve read a couple of reviews who already had read the Darkest Powers Trilogy beforehand and made it a bit less mysterious for them. I was fine with the mystery and still am even though it seemed like way too many questions are left unanswered. Those open-ended questions are making it seem like the next book is going to take forever to release! I seriously am a kind of clueless as to what is happening, which is fantastic! I¿ve never read a Kelley Armstrong book before, The Gathering is my first. After reading The Gathering, I¿m planning on reading her other books! P.S. Maya¿s relationship with her father¿I cracked up all the time! The uncomfortable situations she put him in by being very blunt about herself with boys and other teenage girl problems, even though it was false, had me laughing. Watching her dad squirm and embarrassed was memorable.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Warning: This review contains spoilers. I loved this book as soon as I found out that Maya has a German Shepherd named Kenjii! Okay, perhaps I'm a bit biased!Maya, a 16 year old teen has had a pretty great life until the summer before she turns 15 when her best friend drowns right in front of her. Maya and her best male friend, Daniel, have to function without Serena, and although a year has past, both are having trouble forgetting her. A new boy comes to town, Rafe, and as Maya gets to know him, she finds that he is not at all the bad boy that he appears to be, but is, instead, a really nice guy who is very attractive to her. She learns some secrets about his life, and then learns some things about herself as well. Book One is a wonderful beginning to this new series by Armstrong. It is significantly different from her Darkest Powers series, but equally enthralling. I predict that YA readers will eat this up!In order to hook the readers, there are lots of unanswered questions when book one ends. Here are just a few of mine...Why was Maya abandoned as a baby? How much do her adoptive parents really know about her background? Do the scientists at Salmon Creek have anything to do with Maya's latent talents? Is Daniel normal, or is he also more than he appears? Who is after them, and why? Who set the fire and who is Aduros? Can't wait for book two. Anyone know when it's coming out?
mountie9 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The Good StuffI cannot believe I have never read one of Kelley's books before, she is an incredible storyteller. She is also a lovely women who sent me a signed copy of one of her books for my SB&H (Spina Bifida Association) raffle The story grabs your attention from the 1st chapter and doesn't let go until the very last pageMaya's parents are AWESOME -- this is the first YA book I have read where the parents aren't self-involved, clueless douche bags - Thank you Kelley for this I will buy and read all your booksIntriguing mysterious story with lots of twists and turnsWonderfully dry fun dialogue -- it was hard to pick just a few good quotes for this reviewLots of Cougars and I don't mean old chicks like me, actual Cougars (and for you Americans otherwise known as Mountain Lions). I love animals what can I saySet in Canada -- I know, I know but I am a geeky Canadian when I recognize City/Province names I get excitedStrong female lead and interesting secondary charactersLove the relationship between Maya and her parents and Maya and her friends, especially DanielThe Not so Good StuffThe story ended on a cliffhanger and I am reading this on March 6th and this book hasn't even been published yet -- how long do I have to wait for the next book -- I'm impatient : )Favorite Quotes/Passages"UM, yeah. She climbed a tree to escape a cat. She's suffering from a serious case of stupid.""In Nanaimo? Must be a low-budget Canadian production.""Is there any other kind?""Takes care of me? Did I go to sleep and wake up in the nineteenth century?" I looked down at my jeans and T-shirt. "Ack! I can't go to school like this. Where's my Corset? My bonnet?Dad sighed as Mom walked in with her empty teacup."What did I miss?" she said"Dad's trying to marry me off to Daniel." I looked at him. "You know, if you offer him a new truck for a dowry, he might go for it.""Apparently, I said the wrong thing," Dad told MomWhat I LearnedThat I so need to go to Vancouver That I need to go get the rest of Kelley's booksWho should/shouldn't readMy neighbors daughter actually squealed when she found out I had got a copy of this. I even let her read it before me because I know she WILL go out and buy her own copy -- she has all of Kelley's books and they are all signed (Kelley lives near where we live) Anyone who likes paranormal YA stories -- or quite frankly anyone who likes a good story5 Dewey'sI received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- hmmm, think I might have to beg them to put me on the list for all of Kelley's new releases
AverysBookNook on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I must preface by saying that I love Kelley Armstrong, she is one of my most favourite authors of all time. There isn't anything of hers that I have read before that I haven't enjoyed, from her "Darkest Powers" trilogy to her "Women of the Otherworld" series. But while I did enjoy this book I don't know if I enjoyed it quite as much as her others books, especially her "Darkest Powers" trilogy.I think that Derek and Simon (from the "Darkest Powers" trilogy) made more of an impact on me than this book's Daniel and Rafe did, however Maya totally made a bigger impact upon me than Chloe did (I found Chloe to be really dependent upon the boys in the first two books of the trilogy and somewhat of a quiet character). But Maya? Yeah, the girl had balls. She wasn't afraid to tell it like it was and she had so many great one liners throughout the book, there were so many times I found myself bursting out laughing at what came out of her mouth, for instance this little conversation: Maya: "Have you met the tattoo artist? Is he hot?" Mom: "He's a she." Maya: "Is she hot? Cause I'm still young, you know. My sexual identity isn't fully formed." (pg. 37)I think that what really frustrated me about this book was that because it is the first book in the trilogy I assumed that we would learn lots about Project Phoenix, like we did about Project Genesis in the first book of the "Darkest Powers" trilogy, "The Summoning", but we really don't. Whatsoever. I only have some sort of knowledge about what Project Phoenix entails (Spoiler alert: The resurrection of extinct magical races) from my own personal researching (reading lots of blog posts, tweets and whatnot) and I don't feel like it is my duty to do outside research to comprehend a book, the writer should provide us with everything we need to know to understand their story.Also, I found the plot-line to be quite slow in some parts (I am used to the fast-paced-on-the-run-adventure of the "Darkest Power" trilogy I suppose) and I found that there was the whole teenagers-fall-for-one-another-as-soon-as-they-meet-one-another thing going on which was a bit of a bummer (I really liked how relationships didn't form in the "Darkest Powers" until the very last book, the characters really got to know one another before they formed any sort of relationship).But like I said, Maya is a really great character and the epitome of snark and she really does make this story. While I do seem to have many complaints of this story I do think that it is a good story, not as great as the "Darkest Power" series, but better than many YA books that are currently out there.
krystal_osmond on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Honestly, this book was great! I read this book quick and it had me wanting more. I'd sit down for a coffee and find myself an hour later (done my coffee) but still reading. Kelley Armstrong's books do this to me though, when I read the Darkest Powers (The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning), it was the same thing. What I loved about The Gathering was that I was hooked right away, on the first page. There is no slowly introducing characters, plots etc before anything happens, you get a major event playing out in the first chapter and then BAM! you're hooked and there's no turning back!We have what seems to be the typical characters in books like this - girl, girl's friend, new boy in town - but Kelley Armstrong still makes these characters original and her own. Maya, the girl who loves animals, and lost her best friend has a relationship with her parents where she can talk about her sexuality and about her dog being the only "protection" her and a guy will need for going on a walk in the forest. She's a teenager who lives in this small town in Vancouver, and loves to wander the forest. The new guy, Rafe, is the mysterious one who lives in an old abandoned cabin with his sister and people just aren't sure about him. He's got a secret and of course he's totally cute and only interested in Maya and her paw print birthmark. Then we have Daniel, Maya's best friend. He's a genuine guy who looks out for Maya and keeps her out of trouble. He's my favourite character in the book and I'm really looking forward to knowing more about him.Overall, The Gathering is an exciting read and the fact that it's set in Canada AND Kelley herself is Canadian, is awesome. I love reading books with beautiful Canada as the backdrop and it's also so great and important to support talented local authors!
jadestar31 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
First off, I have to admit that I love all of Kelley Armstrong's work, her adult series and her young adult series. That having been said, it pains me to admit I didn't enjoy this book very much. There was a certain charm to the Darkest Power Series. Chloe and her friends were far more genuine. Maya and her friends seemed contrived. All of them seemed a little one dimensional and as much as I wanted to care about them, I couldn't. Rafe is no Derek. He was pushy and tried entirely too hard to be charming, but I respected the way Maya handled herself with him. She was clear in her feelings towards him and made sure he knew it. The setting seemed picturesque and the idea of a privately owned medical research town was definitely interesting and unique, but it still didn't sell me on the characters. Speaking of characters, there were so many, it was almost confusing. In the first few chapters, we were introduced to a lot of teenagers AND adults.I don't want to say this book was all bad because Kelley Armstrong is a master at creating a foreboding atmosphere. I was definitely interested in learning what Maya was, and I'm so glad this series doesn't revolve around a typical vampire/werewolf paranormal romance. Also, Maya is a fantastic role model. She's smart, independent, athletic, and thinks for herself. She doesn't let men define her and she doesn't let her feelings for them overwhelm her, which I find admirable. There isn't much action in this book, but that seems to be formulaic for a trilogy. The first book has the intrigue, the second book has the answers, and the third has the action. I have high expectations for the next two books, but I know they can't compare to the Darkest Powers.
nbmars on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Kelly Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I especially love her strong women characters, and her unerring ear for realistic dialogue. She¿s also great at romance. The only catch ¿ for some of you anyway ¿ would be that most of her books stray into the paranormal zone. Sixteen-year-old Maya Delaney was adopted shortly after birth, and believes she is Navajo but not sure. She and her architect mom and park ranger dad live in a secluded area of wilderness on Vancouver Island called Salmon Creek. Salmon Creek is a company town, erected by a pharmaceuticals firm doing secret research. Almost everyone in the town of 200 works for the company, St. Cloud, with Maya¿s dad being one of the few exceptions. Maya¿s best friend, Daniel Bianchi, lives alone with his dad who is a violent alcoholic. So Daniel spends a lot of time at Maya¿s place. Formerly, Daniel dated Maya¿s good friend Serena, but Serena died in a freak swimming accident, which was especially puzzling because Serena was captain of the school¿s swimming team.So first of all, there are a couple of mysteries going on here. What is St. Cloud up to, and how did Serena actually die? But there¿s more¿Daniel helps Maya take care of stray wild animals brought to her dad, but everyone knows that the animals heal fastest under Maya¿s care. There is something about her¿ And for that matter, there¿s something about Daniel¿.Meanwhile, Maya is being pursued by Rafeal ¿Rafe¿ Martinez, who, like Maya, looks Native. He and his older sister Annie live alone in one of the few houses in the area not owned by St. Cloud. At first Maya resists Rafe, considering him to be a ¿player,¿ but before long, she falls under his spell. She thinks that, unlike the other girls he has chased, he really likes her, until a big reveal shows that nothing and nobody in Salmon Creek is who they seem to be.Discussion: Daniel and Maya have a wonderful dynamic between them. It's like a fierce family love and loyalty, plus care exercised by each to make sure they don't let stray hormones interfere inappropriately. I also love the relationship between Maya and her parents. The three of them are respectful of each other, but also teasing and loving and trusting. It makes you feel warm just "being around" them. This is one of my favorite passages, when Maya's dad explains why he prefers Daniel to Rafe:"'I just... I understand you might want to start dating more seriously, and that means dating someone from town. But if you're going to do that...' This time he took a long drink of coffee, and the mug was still at his lips when he said, 'I like Daniel. He takes care of you.'I blinked. 'Oh my God. Did you really just say that? He takes care of me?'Dad flushed. 'I didn't mean it like ---''Takes care of me? Did I go to sleep and wake up in the nineteenth century?' I looked down at my jeans and T-shirt. 'Ack! I can't go to school like this. Where's my corset? My bonnet?'Dad sighed as Mom walked in with her empty teacup.'What did I miss?' she said.'Dad's trying to marry me off to Daniel.' I looked at him. 'You know, if you offer him a new truck for a dowry, he might go for it.''Apparently, I said the wrong thing,' Dad told Mom."Evaluation: If you totally hate paranormal of the shape-shifter variety, you probably won¿t like Kelley Armstrong. But if you only like it when it¿s good, she¿s good! Many reviewers feel this isn¿t her best, but I zoomed right through it; I just like the way she writes!
SarahZee on LibraryThing 3 months ago
DAMN! That's no fair!! I was shocked at the ending! biggest cilfhangger ever!!!! I loved this book, it was a good read after the annoying Zoey (HoN series) and Luce (fallen series), I missed these funny heroins, characters you actually love rather want to kill! ((( Yes Zoey I would like to kill you! I can't blame Nafarat for that!!! And Luce... just DIE!!)))Anyways, Maya was someone I liked, and the guys, yum yum! there wasn't your typical bad boy mystery guy who shoos you off telling you : It's for your own good sake, you snowflake!) I couldn't decide who I liked more, Danial or Rafe! I can like them both right?? The story was slow for me, till I found it's gonna be a trilogy, so the ending and the pace made sense, there's a lot to figure out. At the moment I'm not sure what to guess, I'm sure I'm gonna be surprised. This is the first book I read By Kelly Armstrong, I wasn't to eger to read the other ones, but now I can't wait!! Loved This book, definitely a goodread ;)4.5/5
YABookieMonster on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series, but I have to say that I loved The Gathering even more! I especially loved the fact that it was set in Canada (being Canadian and all!), which is something that I don't see very often in the YA books that I read, so that was just the cherry on top of this awesome read!Maya was a really awesome character, someone who I could see myself being friends with, which was really nice. She was quite a feisty girl, definitely had some spunk, and I really liked that about her. She was brave, most definitely not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself, which is an attribute that I really value in a character! I thought that she was so mature and I was really impressed with how she dealt with some hard situations and was able to keep herself composed. Overall, I thought Maya was such a strong and intelligent girl and she pretty much embodied everything that I love in a main character!I also really liked the character Rafe! I have such a weakness for the bad boy character, even more so when the bad boy is such a sweetheart underneath their persona, and Rafe was just that type of bad boy. At the beginning of the book, he seemed like such a player, quite cocky and full of himself, but as we got to know him better, we really saw a different side of him, a much softer, more vulnerable side of him and I really liked that!The plot of this book was quite interesting and different! It had a little bit of mystery, a touch of romance, and some supernatural elements to it! I loved the way that Kelley Armstrong blended it all together to create this great and unique story! I really loved that the plot kept me guessing what was going to happen next, that I wasn't able to predict everthing. This book definitely kept me reading and I finished it quite fast! It was such an easy read and Kelley Armstrong's writing is awesome and just flows so well!I would really recommend checking out The Gathering if you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series, or if you are just a fan of YA paranormal romance novels in general, as I am! This book had great, easy to connect with characters, an awesome, intriguing plot and lovely writing! I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel to this great book, especially after the huge cliffhanger that we were left with! I think that Kelley Armstrong has yet another great series on her hands!
readerworm12345 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book was really good book i read it all in one day because i couldn't put it down. I really liked Annie and felt kinda sorry of her. I didn't like Rafe no matter what he does for his sister I don't think he was a very nice person. I really liked Daniel I think he was really nice and a very good person and a great friend to the main caracter Maya. In the end this was a great book and I can't wait for the next one to come out. I would recomend this to anybody that liked the Darkest Powers books.