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The Gathering

by Kelley Armstrong

Doubleday Canada | February 7, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Gathering is rated 4.1818 out of 5 by 33.
On the heels of the wildly popular "The Darkest Powers" series comes the first in another supernatural YA trilogy from New York Times bestelling author Kelley Armstrong.

Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can''t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students — for every grade from kindergarten to twelve. Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya''s determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya''s home, and they won''t go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts getting negative vibes from certain people and things. 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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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 7.99 × 4.99 × 1 in

Published: February 7, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668538

ISBN - 13: 9780385668538

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is the first book in the small series. After the first few pages that was it I couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend this book. It's certainly a page turner!
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Supernatural ! I love Kelley Armstrong & I loved the Darkest Powers series. Right from the first page this book grabbed me, pulled me in and did not let go until the end. I loved the concept of the book, the supernatural aspect of the book is so different from others I have read, which made it even more awesome to me. Her writting is spectacular, I am in love. She knows how to grab me and pull me in. The twists and turns and the way she makes the book flow is perfect. The scenery which is in Canada makes it so wonderful, I could just imagine it throughout the whole book which made it more appealing to me. The characters were also really great, I loved Maya confident, aggressive and goes for what she wants, which I find are awesome qualities in a heroine. She struggles with her supernatural powers but they are not very developped in this book, that is why I cannot wait for the next book. Rafe I did not feel any link of attachment to him, I found him arrogant and too much of a player for me. He will probably grow on me since by the end of the book I was kind of happy about what happend (don't want to give spoilers). The ending was good and left you hanging and wanting more. Awesome book if you like Kelley Armstrong and her Darkest Powers series.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not your typical paranormal book I read this book for the first time right when it came out in 2011 because I’d just finished reading The Darkest Powers trilogy by the same author (check it out!!) and I was in love with all the characters. When I read this one two years ago, set in the same world about teen protagonists struggling with supernatural powers, I wasn’t as in love for some reason. Looking back on it, I think I was too attached to the old characters from the previous trilogy and hadn’t had enough time to take a breather and move on from Chloe and Derek. So I decided to give The Gathering another shot (guilty confession: it was mostly because I heard that Chloe and Derek would be back in the third book, The Rising, which has just been published). Good thing I did, because the second time I read this book, it just blew me away! I was in shock by how quickly I flew through it. I am so in love with Maya, Rafe, and Daniel, that it just ugh. I think, on one hand I could relate more personally to Chloe because she was more in tune with what I would have done in similar situations, and also because she was extremely nice and likeable. Maya, on the other hand, is a lot more driven, confident, and aggressive, all good things too! But the author is also able to portray her faults, like Maya never giving anyone a second chance, or jumping to conclusions about someone. I couldn’t really relate to her love of nature, mostly because I’m not an out-doorsy person. But this time through I could really connect with her because everything seemed more vivid and drawn out. I could smell the British Columbian forests and just picture those beautiful purple mountains in the distance. That’s another thing that I’m so proud of in this book: it’s set in Canada! WOOH! Not Oregon, not Alaska, but British Columbia, more specifically, Vancouver Island. I guess it works, because Canada is typically described as this really rural, wilderness setting, and Maya lives in the smallest town ever in the middle of the forest. But then Kelley takes you into Nanaimo and Vancouver! Hellsya! I even thought it was funny when instead of Daniel having a deep fried Mars bar, he had a deep fried Areo (Canadian Nestlé brand) bar instead (which I’m not sure how that would work because Aero is pretty different from a Mars bar, but it’s all good). Represent. I love Kelley and her romance. She takes you one way, and then whips you around another direction. She sets characters up to not understand one another and constantly clash, and then something clicks, but it’s not all fun and games and constant getting along. The romance is real: it has its cute moments, steamy moments, and fighting moments. And then Kelley throws you for another loop, and the character is left questioning everything all over again. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that Maya was a skin-walker. While I understand it would sound cool to turn into an animal, I’ve never wanted that ability. I’ve always thought it would be weird, having to strip down, change into some strange beast, ramble around, and then change back, find your clothes, and hope no one sees you naked. Plus there’s the whole bestiality thing that’s always at the back of my mind. If someone is attracted to a skin-walker, are they still attracted to them when they turn into an animal? I dunno, it just weirds me out. But that’s a really particular preference of mine. No shape-shifting for me. As the first book in the trilogy, this one does a really amazing job of building the characters and the mysteries surrounding their small town. I loved the romance, I love all the characters, and I can’t wait to find out about the other characters’ powers.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Gathering: A Review from The Bibliotaphe Closet The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong is the first of the Darkness Rising series, a supernatural young adult (YA) trilogy about 16-year-old Maya who lives in a small medical-research town called Salmon Creek on Vancouver Island. The small populated and isolated town not only has less than 200 people, but also a slew of secrets that slowly unravel as the novel progresses. Since I prefer reading literary fiction, I tend not to read a large amount of YA fiction in comparison. And of those that I have read in the past, most have been a tad disappointing in their narrative and character development, which would most often, more than not, be filled with cliché and superficial and self-indulgent characters who made it difficult for me to empathize with. But with The Gathering, this is not the case. The Gathering is one of the best YA fiction reads I’ve read in a long time, which explains why Kelley Armstrong is one of the number one bestselling authors according to the New York Times! The main character, Maya, a 16-year-old popular and athletic teenager is not only likeable by her peers, but will be most likely be “liked” by the readers of this book. I did. She has a strong relationship with her parents without losing herself in identity or rebellion; she’s fiercely loyal to her friends without being dependent; she has a natural agility that gives her grace and strength, and a wit that is refreshing, entertaining, and endearing without being abrasive. Above all, she’s a natural animal lover, comfortable in their midst and gifted in sensing their needs. To read the rest of my review, you may visit my blog, The Bibliotaphe's Closet: http://zaraalexis.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/the-gathering-book-one-of-the-darkness-rising-series-a-review-04-30-2012/
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Read in the beginning the book was kinda slow but in the end it was an okay read. If you are a person who likes books about animals and a bit of fantasy then this book is perfect for you! the only thing that threw me off was the amount of dialogue there was about animals...like common i personally don't care about the ways of animals but i did enjoy the perceptive of the protagonist!
Date published: 2012-07-14
Rated out of 5 by from Amazing read! I could not set it down as soon as i was finished I went and bought The Calling, also amazing read. Cannot wait for the 3rd to come out!
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT YA SUPERNATURAL FICTION Maya is a sixteen and living in the small town on Vancouver Island. One year ago her best friend drowned despite the fact that she was a champion swimmer. The loss never quite left Maya and she threw herself into her work of taking care of injured wild animals. She notices that she has an unusual knack for healing. Other strange things are happening in Salmon Creek not the least of which is the arrival of “bad boy” Rafe. I am a Kelley Armstrong fan so despite this being another YA entry I enjoyed it. Ms. Armstrong always amazes me in the way she changes her writing voice for YA fiction. The fact that this book draws in some of characters and institutions from both the Darkest Powers series and her mainstream adult books (one more to go in the Women of the Underworld series before she puts those characters away for a bit) was enjoyable for a long time fan.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Gathering= Awesome I devoured this novel within days. I absolutely loved Maya as a character, and the story being set on Vancouver Island made me hurrah for this novel.
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read... a little slow I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and have quite a few of her books. I won't spoil any details, but The Gathering was a pretty decent read. I wasn't sure if it would stay on par with the Darkest Powers trilogy, which was absolutely fantastic. Her writing style is entertaining and is a jolt to your senses. However, I found parts of this book to be a little slow.
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong As mentioned in a previous review, I am a long-time fan of Kelley Armstrong, pre-YA novel days. And one of the things I feel Mrs. Armstrong does best is shifters. It was wonderful to see her returning to a shifter based character. I think I am also a bit biased because this story takes place in pretty isolated portion of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I have long since had a strong fascination with this area due to the "sea wolves" that live there. I love nature, and wildlife, and just general outdoorsiness, and this book has it all and more. It also has a strong basis in native culture, which also is a strong draw to me. (This is one of the few things I actually enjoyed in the Twilight series as well.) Maya, the main character reminds me so much of myself. I was instantly able to connect with her and understood almost every decision she made (and I pretty much had made them in my head before even she did!). I was a very enjoyable read. One of the best things about this book was the presence of strong parental figures! It's about time! I am so tired of wondering where the heck all the parents are in these YA books! No wonder they get into so much trouble without anyone to guide them. But Maya's parents (adopted) are fantastic role models that support her in her decisions while still allowing her the space to become her own strong and independent person. But you still get those strong parental undertones, like when Maya comes home with a guy and you can immediately tell the father is not super impressed by it at all. It makes sense! This is the way parents would (typically) act in reality. Thank you Mrs. Armstrong for proving parents can indeed still exist in a good YA novel. Since most people are aware of my extreme hatred for cliffhangers of doom...I was warned in advance that I might not quite be happy with the ending. But I have to admit, it didn't really bother me as much as others have in the past. It seemed mostly wrapped up with a little bit of "what now" at the end. I can live with that. I don't have much negative to say except for a slight feeling of "meh". I don't quite know how to describe that more in detail, but basically there was just a little of the certain something missing that I would need to rate a book a perfect 5. It was really close, but not quite there. Maybe next time! I'm also not a huge fan of the covers. I don't feel it suits Maya at all. The model on the cover seems much older and "calm" for the Maya I have pictured in my head as I am reading. I have already devoured book two in the series, The Calling. The review will follow soon!
Date published: 2012-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally some canadien flare! This book was amazing, fast read and entertaining. I would recommend to any who is up for some mystery and romance :)
Date published: 2012-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome this book was good and i think she will fall in love with both guys but hope she picks dan i just cant waite for the sec book and i hope the other ones are in it
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a Little Deceiving. This story is basically the story of a girl who lives in a very small town (and I say very small as in very freaking small), when one day she goes to get a tattoo of a birthmark that she has and an old woman calls her a witch. From here on, the story develops. Honestly, because of the Darkest Powers series, I anticipated a lot more. The book gets sort of dull throughout the middle, and the action is only at the end. Don't get me wrong it was a very good book, and we can totally link some of the stuff in it to Chloe and her friends, but in my opinion, it was missing a little something. Nonetheless, I can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I HATE STARTING TRILOGIES THAT ARE NOT FINISHED BEING WRITTEN!!! Waiting Sucks!!! HAHA (I stole that from True Blood but its soooo true!!! ) So this book sucked me in right from page 1 of the prologue. Lots of action, lots of great characters, lots of mystery. Cant wait for the next one...btw I HATE CLIFF HANGERS!!!!
Date published: 2011-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from spooky... i liked it, it was going good until i came to the part where they found the body ripped up into pieces. that part really spooked me so i stopped reading it for a couple of days and then i decided to finish it.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sequel I want a sequel ! Thats all i have to say :D
Date published: 2011-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Patiently Waiting for the Next Book!! I really enjoyed Armstrongs new YA novel series. It was a good book, about a town that we all know has been medically used for the town and has a hint that they have handed picked the familes there. I am excited to see what Armstrong has next for this series because it just ends!!!! gah!!! It was getting so good too!
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good It started out really slow, nothing really happened, just felt like a lot of talking about stuff instead of moving the story along. But closer to the end, the pace picks up pretty good. I can't wait for the 2nd book in the series to come out, I'm sure it will be much faster than this one was.
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay start, but a disappointing finish. I have nothing against Kelley Armstrong. In fact, her books "The Summoning" "The Awakening" and "The Reckoning" were one of my favourite trilogies. But this new one was kind of boring. Because I live near where the story was set, I wasn't interested in it. I like to read about far away or fictional places. But that's not why it wasn't great. It just seemed kind of juvenile for the target audience.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the town! I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Maya and Daniel have such an awesome friendship that has the hint of something more but much better staying friends I think. I loved how Maya interacted with the animals and how they seem to heal quickly in her prescence. Something very supernatural about all the teens in this small isolated town! The book starts slow but leaves you with wanting more. I can't wait for the 2nd book "The Calling" to come out next April 2012. It's something totally different from demons and vampires! Whole other species! I've read so many awesome reviews about The Darkest Powers Trilogy that I have it on order due to arrive this Friday! I cannot wait to start in on more of Kelley's work!!
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I LOVE Kelley Armstrong, I don't think there have been any of her books I don't like. I LOVED the Darkest powers trilogy and this is a spin off from that. I don't know that I like it as much so far but it is still very good the characters are well developed, its fun and the dialogue is real. I look forward to the next two installments as it definately left you with a cliff hanger. Highly reccomend Kelley Armstrong for the paranormal lovers leaps and bounds above many other books in this genre that seem to be created for the quick buck instead of a love of the art of writing.
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is NOT like the first three I loved the first 3 books in the darkest powers series and was excited to read this new trilogy. Unfortunately it seems as if this book was written by another author. While the story is there, the writing itself is immature and cliché. I found myself rolling my eyes and most of the dialog. I struggled to finish this book even though I was interested to see what happens to Maya, a teenager who has a paw print birth mark on her hip and an affinity with animals. She is in search of how her best friend died and who she is through out the book. It ends on a cliffhanger but I don't think I can be bothered to read the next one.
Date published: 2011-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it, not super excited Canadian author Kelley Armstrong comes back on the literary scene with her new supernatural trilogy The Darkness Rising, the first book in the trilogy, The Gathering follows the life of sixteen year old Maya as she lives in a tiny medical research community on Vancouver Island. She doesn't know much about her background, the only clue she has is this strange birth mark on her hip. Until now. Strange things have been happening in the small town. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery surrounding her biological parents and the town she lives in. The myths and stories behind the Native's beliefs on supernatural beings were quite intriguing. Some familiar names are mentioned from The Darkest Powers Trilogy, which only increased an anticipation to solve how everyone's tied together. Kelley Armstrong is the internationally bestselling author of the Otherworld series and the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy. The Gathering is a fantastic start to a series that I have a feeling is going to be just as great as The Darkest Powers Trilogy.
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was hoping for more. I can't was that I was disappointed with The Gathering per se, but after having just finished the Darkest Powers Trilogy I had hoped for a bit more. While the story was interesting enough (I'm excited for when the characters from the Darkest Powers show up at the end like K.A. has foretold) I found myself not getting attached to the characters. Maya is okay, kind of flat but I can't understand her attraction to Rafe. Hopefully the action picks up with the next book.
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bit of a dissapointment.... Honestly? I'd been waiting for this one for ages, having finished The Summoning/Awakening/Reckoning bunch a while ago, expecting to be just as good if not better. Anyone who's read K.Armstrong's WOTO (Women of the otherworld) series knows she's a bloody tallented writer. Upon reading this I felt...bored. Feels more like 200+ pages of teenage problems. Sorry, but if I want friend drama, I'll watch the midnight soaps. It doesn't get any good till the end, then before you know it, whoops! Book's over! Ugh... Other than the usual Genesis Project stuff, it doesn't even seem remotely tied to Armstrong's other supernatural races (for example [possible spoiler alert ahead!], the different types of Yeenaaldlooshii can confused the reader, Armstrong also uses the same word in Frostbitten and those are bears, not cougars) I mean, sure, you recognize some names from the Summoning/Awakening/Reckoning ones that set off red lights and prepare you for what you believe to be a good read, but if you're looking for danger, mystery and intruigue? Buy another book. Or at least wait until the others come out, 'cause this really isn't worth reading untill Armstrong actually has a decent concept of what the heck she's doing. Snore. Time to wait for Spellbound, then....
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brillant Beginning! I literally could not put this down once I started! Kelly Armstrong creates a fantastic, earthy and exciting setting that is incredibly captivating. The characters included are just so likeable and very exciting to read about...I'm already attached to them! Everything about the plot had me falling in love with this book page after page. I had high expectations, but man, this was just so much more than what I anticipated! I also give Kelly bonus points for setting the book in Canada! :) If you loved her Darkest Powers Trilogy, I truly think that this is another series you will fall in love with, because I did! But first.. let me tell you why. To start off, we have an awesome main character who is Maya. She is witty, smart and just plain awesome. She speaks her mind, and is the type of girl who will have your back. She lives in a very (VERY) small town called Salmon Creek. This is the type of town where everyone knows everyone and you go to school with only a handful of people. Salmon Creek was built for the purpose of Medical Research, and it's a very secluded, little town. Large forests make up this town, and if you live there, you've come used to the fact that cougars are a constant threat. We begin by learning that Maya's best friend, Serena past away a year ago. They were swimming in a lake when Serena unexpectedly drowned. Serena was a very skilled swimmer so it was a very sudden and eery death. To this day, Maya still struggles with the fact that her best friend is gone. Daniel was Serena's boyfriend, and now they cope with the loss together. They've been friends since they were very little. Maya tells herself that she's not going to get caught up with the new bad boy in school, who is Rafe. He has proven to be the type of guy to go from one girl to the other. She stays clear and focuses on nature, what she loves. She has a real niche for taking care of hurt animals and nursing them back to health, and we learn that Daniel can "read" people and get a good sense of them. Weird things start happening in Salmon Creek; a reporter appears and starts asking suspicious questions about the town, and the cougars are causing more trouble than usual. Maya also notices a weird side effect when she simply touches an animal, and the new boy, Rafe doesn't give up on getting her attention. Kelly Armstrong creates pieces of the mystery that will have you dieing to see how everything comes together in the end. The mystery within this book will have you on the edge of your seat, dieing for more. A killer cliffhanger ended this great first installment, and I am already dieing for the next book! Kelly Armstrong really knows how to leave her readers anxious and excited for more! 5/5 2011-017
Date published: 2011-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent start to a new trilogy Okay, first off I have to say that I love Kelley Armstrong books. I love her WOTO series, the Darkest Powers series and this new series has not disappointed. Being a girl from BC, one who lives in the Lower Mainland (just outside of Vancouver) and who has lived on Vancouver Island as well as had family who lives up and around where this fictional town of Salmon Creek is, I found the setting to be absolutely brilliant. I chuckled at the mentions of Nanaimo and how BC kids get their licences (though it makes me way more wary of cars with their N magnets. Those could be just learners who stole novice magnets!) The story was exciting and I loved how it all ties in to the WOTO universe but yet isn't involving any of the characters, per se. We've got the Cabals being mentioned and I can't wait to see how they are more involved in all of this. I really liked the characters and I always find Kelley Armstrong's writing to be completely refreshing. I couldn't put it down and had it done in a day and a half. Really worth the read!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful First Book (May contain spoilers) I love Kelley Armstrong. I love her Darkest Powers series so couldn’t wait to read about these new characters and jump into the world again. Plus the fact that the story takes place in Canada has me doubly excited (finally…Yay!) Maya lives in the small town of Salmon Creek built by the St. Cloud Corporation for the employees of their medical research facility. It’s a peaceful place to live and she doesn’t mind the isolation. Wandering the forests and being so close to nature is what she loves. Then strange things start happening. First her best friend drowns in a otherwise calm lake and then a year later cougar encounters seem to be increasing and Rafe, the new boy in town is especially interested in her. Searching for answers, she realizes that there’s a lot more to this tiny town. Maya is very witty and speaks her mind. She loves the outdoors and being surrounded by wildlife. Its been a year but she’s still reeling from Serena’s sudden death. The more she thinks about it the more it just doesn’t make sense and it turns out that she’s not the only one questioning the official cause of death. Daniel and Rafe are the two boys in Maya’s life. Daniel and Maya have been friends since childhood and he’s very protective of her while Rafe is the resident bad boy of the town with a mysterious past who takes an interest in her. I love how Kelley Armstrong inserts bits and pieces of things from the Darkest Powers series into this book. They’re pretty easy to spot and recognize if you’ve read the previous series. And even though Maya and Chloe are from different places, both stories take place in the same world and I’m constantly reminded that the other characters are somewhere out there. In a way its so weird to see the people of Salmon Creek so trusting of everything they’ve been told because I know how bad everything can turn out from reading the previous series. From The Gathering there are many new unanswered questions. The suspense builds up till the very end and we are left with another (gasp!) cliffhanger. I’m going to refrain from ranting about my love-hate relationship with cliffhangers and just say that I will no doubt be following this series and hopefully get some more answers in the second book.
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good After reading the Darkest Powers series, I was longing for this book to come out. From the beginning, the book was definitely a page turner with a lot of like able characters and the steady development of the overall plot. By the end of the book I was definitely longing for more, but not for the reason I usually do but instead for the lack of explanations that this books left unanswered. I believe that this was a similar opinion by others as we were used to the heavy plot line and information given in the Darkest Powers series. But, this definitely should not be a reason why one doesn't read this book because it left me thinking of all the possible adventures that these characters will go on and how both aspects of the series would come to one. I recommend this book to anyone, especially those who've read the Darkest Powers series.
Date published: 2011-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than previous series This was a great book from the 1st page to the last. Excellently written characters, well paced story, good mystery. Even better than the 1st trilogy! I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What Happened? In 300 plus pages, I could not find anything I liked about The Gathering. What's going on Kelley? For someone with such a mastery of story telling, you have really let me down. This entire book could have easily been just three chapters. It felt like she wasn’t into it, and wrote this book just for the sake of adding another to her shelf. Thoroughly disappointed.
Date published: 2011-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Start to the Darkness Rising Trilogy! After absolutely loving Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy, I might have set some very high expectations for The Gathering.. but oh my goodness, I shouldn't have had any doubts because the novel surpassed them all! I devoured the novel, captivated by the beautiful, lush forest setting described and utterly fascinated by a story that hooked me right from the prologue. The Gathering also gets bonus points just for being set on Vancouver Island, British Columbia because it's so cool to see a novel set in Canada! The town of Salmon Creek is not your ordinary one. Owned by the St. Cloud Corporation and completely surrounded by forest, it was built for their employees who worked in the medical research facility. With less than 200 inhabitants, it's a town where everyone knows everyone. But strange, dark events are occurring that have never happened before and Maya is determined to learn the truth. Her best friend Serena drowned the year before but Maya's still not convinced it was an accident like it was ruled... and now her childhood friend Daniel is starting to feel weird vibes from people. And then there's bad boy Rafe, a recent newcomer to town who may just provide some surprising answers to Maya's own mysterious past. Maya's only sure of one thing: Salmon Creek is a town with secrets. Maya is a fantastic heroine. She's strong, bold, confidant... and not afraid to take charge of the situation! It was heartbreaking to see Maya still struggling over the loss of her best friend, but we see how she's determined to move forward with her life. Her love of nature is infectious, and the compassion and joy she feels in helping rescued wild animals from the forest is so very apparent. Her Native heritage and the fact that she's never known her birth parents definitely add another touch of intrigue to the mix as we wish to learn more about her past just as much as she does. And regarding the boys, there isn't a love triangle but I can definitely see it possibly happening somewhere down the line which makes my kind of nervous... but only because I don't think I'll be able to choose between Rafe and Daniel! Both boys have their qualities that make them swoon-worthy so I think it's ultimately going to come down to a case of bad-boy vs. best friend. True to fashion for Kelley's YA novels, the ending of The Gathering will leave you dearly wishing the next novel was already out in stores! I turned the final pages of the novel with trepidation just knowing that I was almost finished the novel and would only have a long wait in store for the second book! I can't wait to learn what's going to happen next to Maya, Rafe, Daniel and everyone else! And you know what? I have every confidence that the Darkness Rising trilogy is one that's only going to get spectacularly better and better as it progresses. Don't think of The Gathering as a first novel in a trilogy... think of it as the beginning chapter in a new adventure that will sweep readers off their feet! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/04/gathering-by-kelley-armstrong.html
Date published: 2011-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed I seriously CAN NOT WAIT till this book comes out !!! I loved the first three Darkest Power books and I've read the first part of this one online and it SO left me hanging, April seems WAY too far away !!
Date published: 2010-10-13

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The Gathering

by Kelley Armstrong

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 7.99 × 4.99 × 1 in

Published: February 7, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668538

ISBN - 13: 9780385668538

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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&
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On the heels of the wildly popular "The Darkest Powers" series comes the first in another supernatural YA trilogy from New York Times bestelling author Kelley Armstrong.

Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can''t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students — for every grade from kindergarten to twelve. Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya''s determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya''s home, and they won''t go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts getting negative vibes from certain people and things. 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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About the Author

KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the author of The New York Times bestselling The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning, as well as the internationally bestselling Women of the Otherworld series. Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children.


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Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Darkest Powers trilogy:
"The suspense rarely lets up, and fans of Armstrong''s adult Otherworld novels will enjoy the parallels between Chloe and her supernatural friends'' adventures and those of their grown-up counterparts. Bring on the third novel."
— Quill & Quire (Starred Review)

"Terrifying ghosts, smatterings of gore and diverse teen voices will prompt young adults to pick up the next in this series.... Teen readers might scream loud enough to raise the dead."
— Kirkus
(Starred Review)


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