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The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)

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Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexpla ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published April 2011)
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Tatiana
Feb 28, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, 2011, 2012
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What a pleasant surprise this novel was! I did not expect to like The Gathering after being very underwhelmed by Kelley Armstrong's first YA trilogy - Darkest Powers.

While I think nothing changed in terms of the structure Armstrong chose for her trilogies (the whole story is simply separated into three parts instead of presenting three separate story arcs), this book was a much better experience for me. I attribute this to the following:

1) Setting - loved, loved that
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
May 19, 2016 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Pang

I do not read a lot of paranormal fantasy novels because (forgive me for being too honest), I find most of them a bit corny and the romance often cheesy but this particular book combines several elements-the setting (a really small secluded forest town in Canada that specializes in medical research), the sprinkle of science fiction and mythology and the genuine teen feel to the novel including the realistic romance, dialogues and writing making this a very refreshing read.

The plot isn’t your co
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Emily May
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I have a confession to make... here goes. So, anyone who knows me at all on goodreads will know that I have a few friends whose reviews I rely on without question. If they say a book is better than chocolate, orgasms and Melina Marchetta combined, even if I've never heard of it, I will believe them. Except... I didn't. I doubted, it's true, I doubted. I have had this book on my shelf since not long after it's release in April last year and I have been putting if off and putting it off. Everytim
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Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Well written but I think my sheer impatience with the set-up got to me.
References to Samuel Lyle (Darkest Powers trilogy) and the Nasts, Cortezes and St Clouds (Women of the Otherworld) were very welcome as I'm anxious to see characters from all the books connect but I'm seeing similarities with these other works too.

Maya reminds me of Elena (WotO) in personality and ability but the people around her made me think of Chloe's crowd. Daniel is Chloe's Maya's best friend and she wants to keep it
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

75 pages of plot ballooned out to 359 pages. Characters are complete morons, without a shred of common sense. All the plot twists I called A HUNDRED PAGES before the characters were told it (because investigating? Ain't nobody got time for that!). Instead, let's focus on the stupid teen DWAMA romantic plot tumor.

You cannot say that I'm bloating the rating just because I liked Armstrong's earlier books. Massive disappointment; if I didn't already own the rest of the trilogy, I would
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Limonessa
My history with Kelley Armstrong is a long and solid one.
I've read all her books in the Underworld series and Elena and Clay are one of my (few) most beloved couples in UF.
I inhaled all the books where they are protagonists, they're definitely my favorite in the series.

When Armstrong started writing YA lit (The Darkest Powers series) I picked up The Summoning. I wasn't very impressed, so much so that I dropped the series.
This new series, Darkness Rising, is somewhat better than DP, but still h
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Anne
$1.99 on Kindle! 10/13/15

3.5 stars

I really liked Armstrong's Darkest Powers Trilogy: The Reckoning, the Summoning, the Awakening, so I was excited that this trilogy is set in that same world with a different set of kids.

The Things I loved:

1) I loved that, unlike every other YA out there, Maya had a great relationship with her parents. Yes, she was adopted, so there could be potentially creepy birth-parents lurking out there, but I'm a firm believer that the people who raise you are your real pa
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Khanh (the Grinch)
The last 1/4 of the book...I don't even know where to start.

I don't know about you, but I'm not too fond of writing essays, and I was pretty terrible at it in grade school. I tend to BS my way through them then, I just ramble and make random, dramatic statements and reactions and not much actual facts until the very last part of my paper, where I realize, OH SHIT, I only have 250 words left, and I need to make a point!!!!!! Then I cram in all the facts I can and hope that my essay/paper ends up
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Catie
Here’s the thing that you need to know before you pick this up: it has no resolution. It’s three hundred and fifty nine pages of introduction. A wild and eerie setting is described, a cast of powerful teenagers is introduced, a few mysteries are presented, and a romance begins. And then it just ends. There isn’t even a real cliffhanger. However, I have to say that the elements that are present – the setting, the characters, the conflicts, and the romance – are all pretty well done. I don’t know ...more
Beth Dawkins
Feb 11, 2011 Beth Dawkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maya lives in a small research town. She is recovering after her best friend's questionable death. When she starts to look into it with Daniel, boyfriend of her dead friend. Instead of discovering answers all they find are more questions about themselves, and the town.

Sometimes I feel jealous of YA novels. The covers are so pretty and there are so many. I wonder if there were so many when I was in school. I don't remember, but I think the Urban Fantasy craze picked up before I graduated. So whe
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AH


First thoughts when I found this book in the library: “Yes! Score!” Full disclosure: Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite Canadian authors. I love her easy-going storytelling style. I was a bit hesitant to pick up this book because I did not enjoy her Darkest Powers series as much as her adult series.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was captivated by the story and could not put the book down. The Gathering is the story of Maya Delaney, a 16 year old girl who lives in an extremely iso
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oliviasbooks
Since I loved the Darkest Powers trilogy so very much, the realization that was already bored and did not enjoy myself particularly hit me rather unexpectedly when I started flipping forward around page 190. Certainly my heavy cold with a nasty headache included in the package has to carry part of my inability to focus on the supposedly unnerving small-town-story, but I really do not care enough about the characters' fate to prove this theory under stabilized conditions later. So. After 194 page ...more
Angela
Slow and underdeveloped start to new trilogy, 2.5 stars

In Kelley Armstrong's THE GATHERING, Maya Delaney lives in a small medical research town on Vancouver Island. A year after her best friend's death, Maya and her friend Daniel still don't have answers about how Serena died. When other people start to show up dead in the woods and Maya begins to have strange moments of connection with animals, she decides to start looking for answers. All the while, things are heating up between Maya and bad b
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Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* I cannot believe I have never read one of Kelley's books before, she is an incredible storyteller. She is also a lovely women who sent me a signed copy of one of her books for my SB&H (Spina Bifida Association) raffle
* The story grabs your attention from the 1st chapter and doesn't let go until the very last page
* Maya's parents are AWESOME -- this is the first YA book I have read where the parents aren't self-involved, clueless douche bags - Thank you Kelley for this I wi
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Colleen Houck
I really liked this book for several reasons. First, I should say that I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was fantastic! The opening scene was scary and interesting. Loved the new take on shifters. The end was left open for a sequel which I will pick up as soon as I can. Daniel was my favorite character though Rafe was interesting too. Love the three legged Fitz!
Charlene
May 10, 2012 Charlene marked it as finishing-later  ·  review of another edition
Awww... I hope Derek and Chloe comes back...
~Tina~
Interesting plot, intriguing characters but I'm still having issues when it comes to the writing. It's okay, but it tends to get pretty repetitive. I don't know how many times we were reminded that the town is tiny and isolated. I get it, really I do.
Other then that though, I enjoyed this one. I got a kick out of the setting, which was in Canada (yay us) and I loved how this one revolved around animals and Maya's story behind it. I also really liked Daniel, I'm not sure if he's playing the big
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE IT WAS IN SETH'S BUTT.

But I got it back again. So, yaaaaay.

Uh yeah, I guess I should explain that. Well, so Seth is one out of the few people who actually read my reviews. And he's always like, "Briiigiiid where's your next revieeeeew?" And I'm always like, "UP YOUR BUTT." So, yeah. This review was in Seth's butt for a while.

Now, the actual review. It feels like I read this ages and ages ago. It was like a week ago, actually. But in Brigid-time, that is qu
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 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
The Queen of the Otherworld is back with this exciting new series as Maya tries to uncover the mysteries surrounding her heritage along with the death of a friend. Armstrong introduces us to a new cast of characters and a small town setting on the edge of nowhere, where a medical research facility sets the stage for tons of mystery.

I have to say that I am really fond of the characters in this book. Maya is that girl next door, who you can't help but love. I love her personality and her interacti
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Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed this a lot. It's a slow build, but I was enjoying Maya, so I didn't mind. Indeed, it was cruising along at a solid four stars until I got annoyed. I'll get to that in a sec.

First, though, I have to say how much I enjoyed Maya. She's strong and determined and very much in her element in a small town in the backwoods. She has good friends and family who love her and a pretty good attitude towards being adopted. She has found her place and knows how much she loves the outdoors and working
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
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 o
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Kristi
Jun 02, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Kelley Armstrong, how you TEASE!

I love Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series, so I was very excited to hear about her new YA series: Darkness Rising! And I must say that fans of the Darkest Powers series will not be disappointed! This has all the great elements of an Armstrong novel, great characterization, awesome story... and an ending that makes you wis you had the next book setting on your shelf!

I'm already captivated by these characters and their story and I have a feeling that we've
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Pang
OMG!!!! Kelley did it again!! I read this book so fast cuz it is sooooo good! :D ..Let me tell you guys!

We all DP Fans miss Chloe, but I'm sure you will love Maya ;D
Chloe is smart innocent which we love. Conversely, Maya is smart confident girl! She make the first move. She's ROCK! And that make she soooooo cuteeee with Rafe. I can't stop smiling.



Talk about Rafe.. He is new mysterious boy from another town. I love how jerk he is cuz he made me LOL. He is sweet bad boy! and a little pitiful whic
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Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
I really love Kelley Armstrong’s novels, especially the Darkest Powers trilogy, because they have a young adult plot with substance. By this I mean they actually have a solid mystery and background and originality behind what would otherwise be a typical young adult book. I pretty much only picked this up because of my faith in Kelley Armstrong’s writing.

Unfortunately, this “substance” doesn’t kick in until what is pretty much the end of the novel. There was a little too much focus on romance an
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Lexy S.C.
Mar 02, 2016 Lexy S.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I love Kelley Armstrong's YA paranormal books. The Gathering was no exception!
My ratings (out of 5):
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Cover: 4
Not-boring-ness: 5
Problem: 5
OVERALL: 24/25

The book was action-packed and addicting... I gobbled up the whole series really quick! Amazing character development and plot line.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
James
May 11, 2011 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only the most die-hard Armstrong fans
Probably my least-favorite of Armstrong's books that I've read. I hope Armstrong can save the trilogy with a better book 2 and 3.

This book cannot stand on its own. At all. Anyone who is unfamiliar with Armstrong's other books would probably toss this book in the trash after finishing it, if they made it to the end. It's entirely build-up. We learn that the main character has some supernatural abilities, but everything we see in the book is pretty passive. The main ability is only shown for one m
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Lucy
May 02, 2011 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chelly
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Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
Okay. I want to start off by saying that I do really like this book, and I did enjoy it immensely, and I finished it in one sitting, thanks to Maya, the very likable (usually, when she's not being overly stubborn) character. Now I'll get picky.

Maya.
I LOVE that she's such a strong heroine who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to defend herself or others. On top of that, she's generally a pleasant, funny person, which is rare for YA leads; usually the female main is either a simpering imbeci
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Rachel
I didn't find a whole lot to like about this book. Spoilers below...



1) It's categorized as YA but it reads like a upper middle grade book. Unfortunately allusions to sex and date rape mean the book ends up being a YA book that doesn't feel very sophisticated.

2) The plot moves at a snails pace. On top of that, the plot isn't that exciting.... This book is essentially a contemporary YA with only a small dash of the paranormal. And because it's a strange, poorly done hybrid of contemporary YA and
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“Another night then,' Mom said. 'Maybe on the weekend we can have a barbecue and invite your sister.'

'Or,' I said turning to Rafe, 'if you want to skip the whole awkward meet-the-family social event you could just submit your life story including your view on politics religion and every social issue imaginable along with anything else you think they might need to conduct a thorough background check.'

Mom sighed. 'I really don't know why we even bother trying to be subtle around you.'

'Neither do I. It's not like he isn't going to realize he's being vetted as daughter-dating material.'

Rafe grinned. 'So we are dating.'

'No. You have to pass the parental exam first. It'll take you awhile to compile the data. They'd like it in triplicate.' I turned to my parents. 'We have Kenjii. We have my cell phone. Since we aren't yet officially dating I'm sure you'll agree that's all the protection we need.'

Dad choked on his coffee.”
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