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The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
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May 27, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011
Read in April, 2011

Well, I've never read a Kelley Armstrong book and I've gotta say - if all of her books are as good as this one I am missing out! I really loved everything about this book. The setting, the characters, the writing - it was all great and I flew through it.

At the beginning of the story we are introduced to Maya, who experiences the trauma of seeing her best friend drown right in front of her a year before. Talk about awful. Can you imagine that happening in front of you? I can't. That's one of my biggest fears. Well, that and spiders. So, she's a little messed up but making it through okay.

I really loved the setting in this story. I live in the mountains. We are out in them almost every weekend 4wheeling and cooking out. So, the setting of this story was fun for me. I'm also a huge animal lover and loved that Maya was too. I would totally be taking care of all the animals like Maya.

I really liked the new supernatural beings that Armstrong is creating. Right now I'm not really sure WHAT they are but its very interesting and I can't wait to find out more about what it's all about.

The characters in the story are well written and likable. Maya is a very strong girl and I was glad she didn't put up with Rafe's crap OR that the relationships in the book wasn't instalove. Yay for a believable relationship! I also really liked Daniel and think that in the next books there will be feelings for Maya coming from him. We will see. I also love Maya's parents. You don't get a lot of parent interactions in YA books and her parents were front and center in the story.

One thing that did bother me was that I felt like we got no answers with the end of the book - just a ton of questions that we have to wait to have answered. Even when books are part of a series I still feel like there should be some sort of wrap up - even if there is a big cliff hanger. The Gathering definitely leaves it wide open with us just getting a glimpse into the world Armstrong is building.

I did love the book though and can't wait to find out what happens with Maya, Rafe, and Daniel now that they are being pulled into unknown territory.
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