I loved this book. I literally devoured it from start to finish in just a couple of sittings (well one sitting broken up only by having to work and get just a little sleep). Its set in the same world as most of Kelley Armstrong's books and having read both the women of the Otherworld series and Darkest Powers series, entering May's world, a little medical research town in a larger world where names like St Cloud and Dr Davidoff (among others) have some significance from previous novels, was like visiting one of those favourite vacation spots that you like to go to once in a while, forget about the where you normally live and catch up on what been happening since youlast visited and discover some new places there to explore.
In The Gathering, the first novel of the Darkness Rising series, we meet Maya, a regular teenager living in a small town, adopted but happy with her lot and not overly curious about where she came from. From the beginning I connected with Maya. She is strong and comfortable in who she is and her place in the world. She is still getting over the drowning of her best friend but this hasn't stopped her from continuing to tackle the world arond her and get on with life.
Now any veteran of Armstrong's books will have a fair idea of at least part of what Maya's birthmark means but Armstrong, who is using this book also a a set up for a new trilogy (series?) creates a story that leaves even the veterans with more questions than answers. While part fo the mystery might be solved in this book, that also gives the reader more questions than answers and the ending leavves the reader gasping for more.
I most definitely recommend this book to both the avid Kelley Armstrong fan and those who are newer to her books as while there are titbits there for the veterans, they are not necessary to know to still enjoy the story being told and as always its an awesome story.
I have no hesitation giving this book 5 stars. ...more
This book surprised me. I heard a bit about the series but had never read any of Rachel Caine's books so had no idea what to expect and I enjoyed it mThis book surprised me. I heard a bit about the series but had never read any of Rachel Caine's books so had no idea what to expect and I enjoyed it more than I expected to. While the subject of vampires is very much in vogue at the moment, this is a fresh perspective which I liked and I truly did not see where this book was going which made me enjoy it more and I certainly did not expect the ending...
Definetly reading the rest of the books in this series...more
So I know this book has been out for a while and there have been another 7 books published in this series since this one but I am now just started reaSo I know this book has been out for a while and there have been another 7 books published in this series since this one but I am now just started reading the series so wanted to post my thoughts.
What I really like about this instalment in the Morganville Vampires series is that that we start to get a bigger and more in depth of the workings of Morganville itself and some of how it came to be which really adds to the story that Ms Caine is telling.
We also get to see the consequences of some of the actions that both Claire and Michael took in the last book The Dead Girls Dance and Ms Caine does well to show the effects of these decisions on not only Claire and Michael but how it affects their relationships with all the other characters - Eve and Shane especially.
Action and story wise there is still a lot happening in every chapter and while this book took me a little longer to read than the other two I suspect that had more to do with me than the book because once again Ms Caine delivers on a story you can get your teeth into - pun not intended :-P, characters who can identify with both good and bad, widening of our understanding of the town of Morganville and all that living in the town entails. Lastly, the twists that are constantly being thrown in mean you can never quite tell what is coming next and this instalment is no different. No sooner do you think nothing else can go wrong for the main characters of Claire, Michael, Shane and Eve then Ms Caine throws in yet another couple of twists and a cliff hanger meaning that you will be heading for the book store or library for the next instalments as soon as you manage to put this one down.
All in all an enjoyable read and yes i am already reading book 4 : Feast of Fools. I definitely recommend this whole series :-)
I was really excited to read this book. The whole re-adaption and inspiration of the Hades/Persephone story seemed incredibly intriguing and I couldn't wait to see what Cabot would do with it.
To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, there is a story there and I did enjoy it but I felt the way it was told drew it out out a little too much and then the flashbacks confused the issue more than it clarified.
I found myself a little frustrated at the way each chapter was drawn out and would allude to what was to happen further on in such a way that it drew from the suspense rather than added to it. I also found myself a little fristrated with main character, Pierce, who seemed to vacillate between total cluelessness and knowing almost too much and found the revelations toward the end came just a little too easily.
That being said, there was a definitely story there and I still found myself wanting to read to the end to see where it was going.
This is the first book in a trilogy so it was clear Cabot was trying to set up the trilogy as well as tell a first instalment story. Despite the above, I did actually really quite enjoy the story and will continue to read the next instalment as I am still intrigued as to where it will go however the above did distract me a little from the story bring my rating of this book from from four to three stars.
Definitely worth reading especially if you are not easily distracted by writing styles....more