The Gathering: The Ivy Blackwood Chronicles

The Gathering: The Ivy Blackwood Chronicles

by L.A. Fiore

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Overview

Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers.

From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

She was locked away where she couldn't bring harm to herself or others. To all involved, they had protected the world from a monster, but sometimes things are not what they seem.

Due to language and adult situations, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161569153
Publisher: L.A. Fiore
Publication date: 10/12/2018
Series: The Ivy Blackwood Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,093,209
File size: 3 MB

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The Gathering: The Ivy Blackwood Chronicles 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
The cover fits this book perfectly! After reading the book, this cover describes what you are about to dive into with great accuracy. I really enjoyed this book because of how different it was. It's a PNR book with a touch of a horror movie feel to it. In the beginning it was a little confusing because the author was switching between characters without much explanation. It's a great technique to get the reader to really absorb into the book, to pay attention closely, and to see how everything was going to fit into place. The further I got into the book, the more fascinated I became, especially in Ivy's character. For everything that she has been through, she was such a sweet and kind woman. It really pulls you to her more because of how she thirsted for knowledge and cared about everyone she was in contact with. I like that the author did not break her after all that she had been through. The story of Ivy and Bane is one of the ultimate love stories and made for such a sweet ending. I like that there is so much more that can be done with this series. After getting to know quite a few side characters, I'm looking forward to seeing them all get their own book. I'm also looking forward to learning how the author is going to top this one. I listened to the audiobook and I highly recommend it. Tracy Marks is one of my all time favorite narrators and I get to add a new favorite male narrator to my list. Aaron Shedlock's voice is one of the sexiest male voices I have heard and was so easy to listen too. To top that off, he did such a good job of the female characters. I don't like it when male narrators try to do the high pitch voices for females. I think it is much less jarring when they just change their tone just a bit for the female parts and Aaron did a fantastic job of this.
B2BKristina More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was pretty awesome! When I first dug into this book, I couldn't remember what it was about. I read the blurb and got sent the arc a while later so I went into this blind. Which, in my opinion, was a good way to go. There is so much that happened in this book! It's murder mystery slash paranormal-ish slash symbolic and dark and just wild! It has multiple POV's and I love that we get to see several aspects. There's definitely something a-brewing in good 'ol New Orleans and it's dark, mysterious, and coming soon! The beginning of the book starts off strange, with a dark house, murders, and so many questions. When we meet Ivy there are so many missing pieces, old memories, it's all cloudy and odd and hard to tell what's real and what's not. As you keep reading and pieces start falling into place it's like, "Ohhh!! Woah!" the author has a great imagination and you can tell she was very invested in this book from the detail and the way everything connected, small and big. I did figure out who Ivy was, maybe midway through the book, but there were so many other connections/links that surprised me. Everyone played a specific role in this and it was really cool to see that come in to play. I'm excited to see what the next book holds for us. More secrets to uncover, more love for others in that entire crew and hoping to hear more about Aine. Some revelations completely threw me, so it was interesting seeing the outcome and will be interesting seeing things that haven't yet been revealed. I feel like I can't quite express how I feel about this book the way I want to, but just know it's awesome and I can't wait for the next installment. Also, this would be a really cool tv series...just saying! #B2BKristina
Katy Kitchin More than 1 year ago
Mystery, Murder and Mardi Gras. A dark, symbolic, paranormal masterpiece, The Gathering is a truly mind blowing novel from the fairytale queen herself. Did you find your heart captured by Savage? While a truly unique storyline, The Gathering gives you more of those dark Grimm fairytale feels, unpredictability and the hidden depths that’ll have you analysing every word you read. Plus, it being set in the city that’s number 1 on my travel bucket list? That was an added bonus, I got to experience a city I long to visit, described so beautifully I felt like I was really there. This is truly another gift we’ve had bestowed on us and I wait excitedly and impatiently for the next book from this absolute unicorn of an author.
VeraMachado More than 1 year ago
Strange and dangerous things are happening in New Orleans and the only thing Sheriff Josiah Abiviny is that Ivy Blackwood is somehow connected to everything. But how can a thirty-two years-old woman that has been locked away at a mental institution for twenty-two years and has had no contact with the outside world be connect with what is happening? The Gathering is the first book in the Ivy Blackwood Chronicles and what a start! This paranormal romance took my breath away with all its drama, suspense, action, twists and surprises. Ivy's story will make you want to cry, laugh, scream and swoon. The one thing that took my breath away was Ivy and Bain's love story. Their love is beautiful and their story is phenomenal. L.A. Fiore did a phenomenal job with The Gathering. The story is captivating and unexpected and the characters are amazing. She delivers a page turning story, very well written, and she'll take you in an epic journey that you won't forget. I can't wait to read more about Ivy, Bain and all their friends.
VeraMachado More than 1 year ago
Strange and dangerous things are happening in New Orleans and the only thing Sheriff Josiah Abiviny is that Ivy Blackwood is somehow connected to everything. But how can a thirty-two years-old woman that has been locked away at a mental institution for twenty-two years and has had no contact with the outside world be connect with what is happening? The Gathering is the first book in the Ivy Blackwood Chronicles and what a start! This paranormal romance took my breath away with all its drama, suspense, action, twists and surprises. Ivy's story will make you want to cry, laugh, scream and swoon. The one thing that took my breath away was Ivy and Bain's love story. Their love is beautiful and their story is phenomenal. L.A. Fiore did a phenomenal job with The Gathering. The story is captivating and unexpected and the characters are amazing. She delivers a page turning story, very well written, and she'll take you in an epic journey that you won't forget. I can't wait to read more about Ivy, Bain and all their friends.
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
***5 Stars*** What a ride! From start to finish I was hooked! This book gave me the creeps, had me at the edge of my seat and gave me the swoons. It also had me laughing and falling in love with a whole slew of characters that I want more of and am very happy to know that I will get to spend more time with them as this is just the first in the series. There is a huge part of me that wants to get into detail about Ivy, as well as Ivy and Bain, but that would just ruin it for you. But what I can say is that I loved the journey that they both took me on. Ivy is a unique character and I loved how her story evolved and unfolded. There were quite a few things I didn’t see coming, but it all worked for me. And as for Bain and Ivy. There’s is an epic romance, a little mind bending, but epic and the swoons these two caused were real. I know this is quick and vague, but it kind of has to be since to give you more would ruin the story and even now I think I may have given a bit too much, but it is what it is. I loved the world that the author brought to life, it was vivid and bright, even in the darkness and I loved how unique all of the characters were and how they brought more depth to the world at large. And after that epilogue, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! ~ Copy provided by The Next Step PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
3MnMs More than 1 year ago
“There were some constants that link us all: destiny, fate, love…even magic.” ~ L.A. Fiore This book needs to be made into a movie. It is soul consuming from the first word till the last. So many twists and turns. A fantastic read.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
The Gathering has a haunting feel from the very beginning and the mix of paranormal and thriller is well done. There are a number of characters to figure out as the story progresses, but the author does a good job of keeping them distinct. I did have a bit of trouble with Ivy. Her chapters are somewhat scattered and even disjointed at times. Of course, that fits perfectly with her circumstances, but it was disconcerting for me, and she does have a considerable amount of page time. That aside, when I think about the sheer amount of time and effort that had to have gone into plotting this story, I'm amazed at how well it all came together. So much happens along the way that I feel like any details would lead to spoilers, so suffice it to say that The Gathering fits perfectly in the Halloween season. It's haunting and creepy, and it certainly keeps you on your toes. In the end, there were things I liked and things I struggled with, but this one is certainly worth the read.