The Gathering by Kelley ArmstrongThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrongsticker-burst

The Gathering

byKelley Armstrong

Paperback | February 7, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info

$12.36 online 
$14.95 list price save 17%
Earn 62 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


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.
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.
Title:The GatheringFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 7.99 × 4.99 × 1 inShipping dimensions:7.99 × 4.99 × 1 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385668538

ISBN - 13:9780385668538


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Paranormal Mystery This book was very, very well written with realistic characters and a fair amount of action, but I was kind of hoping for less teen drama/romance and more supernatural elements. I understand the idea of a slow burn and that drawing in a paranormal element slowly would make it more believable, and it does, but I was hoping for a little more than mystery. That said, I never felt my immersion break and the supernatural elements that were present were really interesting. I didn't sense a major conflict throughout the story though. There was no clear antagonist. Again, likely part of the mystery, but I wanted a clearer vision of who the bad guys were. All the characters are great. Maya is a very good lead, being smart, realistic, and kind, Daniel owns my heart, and while Rafe is the "bad boy," he never came across as too antagonistic and his shadier behaviour was not tolerated. The ending was kind of abrupt, but I'm okay with that because it lets me move onto the second book, which will hopefully answer some of my burning questions!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCITED As a long time fan of the darkest powers series, I was so excited to see a second set of books that take place in the same universe! Approaching a similar story from a different perspective. I am absolutely in love with all of these characters! I also especially love the inclusion of indigenous culture, something you don't often see in literature. This is absolutely a great read.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yeah, I know. Yeah, I know it isn't as good as the others in this series (Including The Awakening, The Summoning, and The Reckoning) but it's still a strong YA novel, with a solid cast of characters. The plot is pretty good, and I love Maya's personality personally, better than Chloe.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A thuroughly enjoyable read that kept me wanting more
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Gathering An interesting new fantasy series by this author.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I read this book fairly quick cause the plot was very interesting. If you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong i can assure you, you won't be dissapointed.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kelley Armstrong never disappoints a MUST read Another Kelley Armstrong series that I LOVE!!! I look forward to every August because that is when she releases her books. I read this entire series Darkness Rising. When I rent the cottage with my family in the summer Northern Ontario ALL my Kelley Armstrong books are packed. I love how Maya cares for her animals and is connected to them and there it begins. Plus it is based in Vancouver Island being Canadian this to me is everything. Kelley loves her country and it shows in all her books. A definite MUST #ReadTheNorth
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this! Maya is a bada** and I love it! She's fearless, she knows what she wants and she's kind. A good main character for a good story!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! This book met all of my expectations and they were high as i loved the first series set in this word
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kelley, you are fantastic. I fell in love with Kelley Armstrong's writing all over again. I first read The Summoning, Awakening, and Reckoning books about 4 years ago, and they were one of my favourite as a teen. I'm slightly older now, with a different taste in books, but I decided to give it a try since she was (and now still is) one of my fave authors. She did not disappoint! Everything something happened, I had to take a 30 second break to calm myself down. For me, its a book that had me going, "OHH, ok thats why." LOL it had lots of details that were nice to keep up to and that actually followed throughout the book. Good read, can't wait to read the rest of the series. :)
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I wasn't sure about this book going into it, but I actually thought it was pretty interesting. It piqued my interested enough that I'll be buying the next book in the series to find out what happens.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series I really enjoyed these characters and their story. What captivated me was the fact theyre from, first canada; second, Vancouver Island. i found it amazing
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spin off Series of The Darkest Powers! Lots of characters introduced.. really enjoy the main character Maya. I also enjoy her animals that she looks after. Good start to another series.. extremely interested to see how it ties to Chole, Derek & Simon!!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick and fun read. I got this series after finishing the Darkest Powers Trilogy and was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much. However, I found the writing just as enjoyable and the story more engaging. I was hooked by the second page.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This series could've been so good but theres wayy to many details #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked this book thought this was better than the darkest powers tbh
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adore This was the first Kelly Armstrong book that I owned and I'm glad that it was, it shows you the elusive world of the Islands on the Canadian west coast and makes you want to learn more about the kind of life you would lead.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love this Trilogy. Absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the name! Of course I had to like this one! The heroine has the same name as me! Ahh! But no, Kelley Armstrong is just phenomenal with stories! I had no doubts going into this book. The entire series was so so so so so GOOD! Definitely one of my favourite series. The characters are great, the descriptions are so real, and the plot is just so fast paced! :D
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love anything Kelley Armstong writes. This book was written in the same universe as the otherworld and darkest power series. Great book for anyone who likes fantasy novels. #plumreview This series has some new supernatural powers not seen in her other books.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I like the way Kelley Armstrong writes its keeps engaged in every paragraph and just like that darkest powers trilogy I couldn't put this book down!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I love Kelley Armstrong! Her books suck you in. I loved this series more than the Dark series. Awesome Characters and story line. Couldn't put it down both times I read it.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This trilogy is just as well written and captivating as all her other books are.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another home run!! Just like The Darkest Powers series, this one kept me up at night totally obsessed and addicted. I would totally recommend this trilogy for anyone who is a fan of Kelley Armstrong. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Weak Start A weak start to the novel for me, but it picked up quite a bit. By the end, I was really enjoying it. Especially, once connections to the Darkest Powers series became evident. Armstrong's writing is as enjoyable here, as in her adult series, but I feel this book lacked a cohesiveness that is present in her other series. There were also some throwaway cliches that were not appreciated. Ultimately, this was a really light read for me. Enjoyable but somewhat fluffy. I may return to her adult series, to get the depth I appreciate in her work.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I love Kelley Armstrong but don't love her young adult works. I was so excited to see one of her books that I hadn't read I grabbed it and once again I was disappointed. I will probably read the rest of the series to see what happens but I won't be taken in again with a young adult book.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twilight for young teens Enter the world of magic, witches and mystery!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good stuff! I really enjoyed this book more than the The Darkest Powers Trilogy because it reads so much more Canadian - really well done! I quite enjoyed the shapeshifters and the Vancouver Island setting
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy! I wasn't sure going into it, I read a lot of good reviews but still I felt like it was going to be filled with the same old characters every other YA novel has and basically the same story. The characters are actually interesting and I enjoyed the dialogue :)
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written! I have read this a few years ago and still is one of my favourite reads!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting plot, enjoyable read This book, although not exactly what I thought it would be, was so interesting that I could not put it down. I also immediately blew through the other books in the series once I finished this one. At first I was a bit impatient, because the story is a bit slow moving. Not a whole lot happens in this first book, but it was a good read regardless. The world-building and character-building were great, and I absolutely fell in love with the setting. The cliffhanger at the end was brutal though! A highly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maya is awesome Maya is awesome and it's nice to see difference kids, but I felt Chloe wasn't done but I still loved it
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I loved this book! It is a great start to a great series! It is also a perfect spin off of the original series!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such an interesting start to the series. Great story with a bit of mystery. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really fun to read love the whole concept of everyone is different. there is magic and werewolves, shapeshifters, and ghosts. it has everything if you like the supernatural
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another excellent book! A promising start to a new series. I couldn't wait to read the next one. Great for any fans of Kelley Armstrong.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This series introduced me to Kelly Armstrong and I was not disappointed. Even though this is a YA book anyone can read this series. I think Kelly Armstrong is a wonderful and well-written author and would recommend her books to anyone, not just the YA generation. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Kelly Armstrong has always been one of my favourite authors ever since I finished her Darkest Powers series. So I was super excited when she did a sequel series to the books in the same universe. This book was so good, and if you're a dedicated folllower of the Darkest Powers series, this novel will fill that craving you have for more. The characters are beautiful and quirky, the story is exciting and the descriptions are vivid. It's so amazing and honestly recommend it if you loved the Darkest Powers series!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ I loved the Darkest Trilogy but OMG this series is amazing! WOW I love Maya and Daniel so much! This book was so good. It's a page turner!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting connection This book started off boring but after pushing thru, the second half of the book is actually where the good stuff begins and when you get to the next book and the book after, its like a movie is playing in your head. i would recommend this book if you like connecting stories but you might want to read her other series first before starting this one
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I'm so glad I read this series. Like all of her books , this one doesn't disappoint.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT LOVED loved loved loved it! I wouldnt change anything
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read it! From the minute I picked up the book and started to read I was sucked into the story. I couldn't put it down! In fact, I didn't put it down until I was finished reading it later that day. That's how much I loved it. The more you read, the more you want to know about the characters and their tiny town. Kelley Armstrong you've done it again!
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love her work! Kelley Armstrong you've done it again! You've sucked me into another one of your series and made me fall in love with it!
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Gathering Good story, cliff hanger ending has me waiting for the following story. Hopefully it won't be too long.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Maya, an orphan teenager lives happily in the tiny town of Falls, British Columbia. She’s wonderfully happy, but not until tragedy strikes near her heart and she starts to uncover the secrets that her tiny town has kept hidden from the teenagers. I’m always wary when a cover of a book says “New York Times Best-Selling Author” splashed on the front. I didn’t have to be hesitant at all when reading The Gathering at all. I simply enjoyed the journey that Kelley Armstrong took me. And that is right over to the west coast of Canada. There is always something more with the secrets that are hidden around the super powers that some of the teens have. And you can’t help but wonder what they are! I certainly tried. There’s an air of mystery and intrigue and a tad bit of romance for Maya and as you read you find yourself lost in her world.( I forgot to eat because I was too preoccupied with this book! I have the pasta stain to prove it!) I love Daniel. He’s just too good and I’m a sucker for the good boys. Rafe on the other hand didn’t make me feel as happy and warm. He hides a lot of things from Maya which I dislike. But as always the girl falls for the bad one. I disliked how Maya denies him in the beginning, then turns right around and falls for him anyway. Knowing full well he’s a player. Talk about hypocritical! Kelley Armstrong you got yourself a fan for life! And I love that you’re also Canadian.
Date published: 2014-11-28
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 The Gathering Can not wait until next book
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start. Great start. I love the teen series.
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable plot line.Bring in more. The book The Awakening started out as a good idea. As the story progressed, it became more bland and predictable. Needs more creativity!! Plot twists please!
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Darkness Rising Great book... kept me on my toes until the end
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anxious! This book is soooooooo good! Im anxious to read the sequel!!!
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anxious! At first I thought it was very simply written and not much action but for some reason I could not put it down as I could sense it was leading to something big. When the book ends just as the going gets good I had to buy book 2 right away and am now enjoying finding out what is happening with all the characters. Not so simple anymore. I have not read Kelley Armstrong before so I will be looking at her other series as well.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anxious! I tend to have a love hate relationship with YA books because I am little older, but this series is one of my favorites! Kelley Armstrong is an amazing writer and gives great voice to the characters. The romance added to the mystery and suspense just makes it even more amazing. This is a great series to read as well as the Darkest powers series!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it Never thought I would be able to move on from The Darkest Powers series, but Darkness Rising continues to impress me and I've grown to love the characters.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Never thought I would be able to move on from The Darkest Powers series, but Darkness Rising continues to impress me and I've grown to love the characters.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The gathering Really loved this book and couldn't put it down. I personally did not like the ending, but it keeps you wanting to read more.
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What do i put here? All I have to say is that is one of the worst ways to end a book. P
Date published: 2013-12-26
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 The gathering Couldn't believe the ending. Literally. I went to swipe for another page and there was nothing..recommended page turner. I love the dynamic between her and her best friend!
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The gathering Excellent book!! This book sat in my book shelf for about 8 months before I finally decided to read it, I always judge a book by its cover and this one didn't really draw me in. I was so wrong this book was amazing I was drawn in instantly, its definitely worth reading!
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The gathering If you liked choles story you will love mayas as well
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A great start to a new trilogy in the Otherworld series!
Date published: 2013-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The gathering Love this book <3
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Love how all Kelley Armstrong books are some how connected.
Date published: 2013-05-07
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 3 out of 5 by from The gathering This book was pretty good! But I hate cliff hanger endings:) they make me so anxious to get the next book!
Date published: 2013-03-11
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:
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 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 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:
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

Read from the Book

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.

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)