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The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  42,590 ratings  ·  2,858 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Hardcover, First Edition, 359 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Harper (first published April 2011)
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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
Emily May

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
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
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
Beth Dawkins
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

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
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
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
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
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
May 10, 2012 Charlene marked it as finishing-later
Awww... I hope Derek and Chloe comes back...
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
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
 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
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!
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

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
Giselle at 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
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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Krista (One Love) (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.

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
Armstrong’s new series looks so far like it will follow the formula of her first YA series, Darkest Powers. You know the formula. You see it every time a TV show ends with the words “To Be Continued . . .” and you’re frustrated because it isn’t a complete story, just one where they make you wait a week before giving you the rest of it. (Only, in this case, for each one you have to wait about a year.) In the Darkest Powers series, the three books together make up a full narrative arc but they don ...more
Lani Woodland
Kelley Armstrong is my favorite author. Her books never disappoint. I loved this book. Maya was a great heroine. I also loved her relationship with Daniel. Am I the only one hoping they end up together? I like Rafe but I'm hoping that I didn't imagine the triangle (and she ends up with Daniel). There are lots of questions raised and I can't wait to find the answers. Everyone should read this book!
Rachel Hartman
The best PNR I've ever read! Given how much I've despised every PNR I've ever read, maybe that's not saying much. But this was closer to science fiction than PNR, in my estimate. I mean yes, there are "skinwalkers", but they're presented as another species, and there is genetic engineering and medical research going on. Ergo: not paranormal at all, really. Or not quite.

The heroine was pleasant, reasonably intelligent, had a stick up her ass, and was generally practical and unimaginative. I liked
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC through the FirstReads giveaway; loved the book!
The Gathering is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's new series, Dark Rising. It sets the scene, introduces the characters and builds interest. In fact, it does all of this so well, I would love to be able to read the next book now; but, alas, I'll have to wait over a year.

Maya lives in a very small town (about 200 people) on Vancouver Island. The town was built by the St Cloud Medical Research Company and
I can't believe how despite all the praise and excitement I've heard about Kelley Armstrong's The Gathering, I still wasn't inclined to read it. I think it's the cover. Why is it blue? But I'm glad I gave it a go because I was very impressed. Armstrong, represent!...Sorry, I haven't slashed anything in a while. I've forgotten how much fun it is.

So, this book. Oh, this book. It's set on Vancouver Island, population 200. It's a medical research town. Uh hum. It's nature in it's naked form. Maya i
Lena ♫ ♪
Ya know, I absolutely love Kelley's writing. I love how she not only creates this new world, but also mixes in pieces of the Otherworlds and Darkest Powers series. They're a little subtle, but if you've read her other books, you'll catch them.

Being the first book in the new Darkness Rising series, there's a lot of background information. There's character building, setting establishment, and also the added mystery of what Maya is. Don't worry, there's still a handful of action and romance.

Kelly Armstrong is one of my favorite authors!! i love this book!!! Maya was a great heroine and i love the relationship between Rafe and Daniel!! But i have to say i am team Rafe so far :) i cant wait for the next book in the series!! i wonder when we will meet Chloe and the gang??? i hope its soon i do miss them :) but i love the new group of kids just as much :)
Kelli Lee
Okay, this was a strange book. A strange book indeed. While I enjoyed it, and eagerly flipped each page, it wasn't long until I began to ask what the meat of the story was. I know that there's a top-secret lab on the island. So is that the plot? It couldn't be that there are cougars running amok and only respond to Maya, the MC. And it couldn't be why the love interest, Rafe, and his sister have decided to call the tiny Island of Vancouver their home. That's not plotty enough. So I waited for
Jennifer Wardrip
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Maya lives in a special community - it's based around a research hospital. And only certain families are invited to live there.

Maya's family lives in a park where her dad is the ranger. She's always had a special connection with the mountain lions, but recently they've been seen around a lot more. Suddenly, Maya is having flashes of the world from a mountain lion's point of view. But she has no idea why. And she still wonders what really happened a little w
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Other Books in the Series

Darkness Rising (3 books)
  • The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)
  • The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) The Awakening (Darkest Powers, #2) The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3) Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) Stolen (Women of the Otherworld #2)

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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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