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The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
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May 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-paranormal-uf, native-american, animal-shifters, ebook-second, 2011
Read from April 23 to 26, 2011

Genre: Paranormal YA (Urban Fantasy)

The Darkest Powers trilogy is one of my favorite paranormal YA series, everything about it is just supper-duper fantastic!! After the first few pages of The Gathering, it was clear that it was no Darkest Powers—by the end I was an embittered fan. After a few weeks it hit me, this was not a continuation of my beloved Darkest Powers, this is a “new world” being introduced. Once the bitterness faded it struck me how striking Armstrong's The Gathering really is.

Maya is one of the best female leads in YA I have read in a very long while. She's bright , sensible, and has one heck of a sense of humor that had me chuckling constantly. It's still evident that she's an adolescent, and she takes responsibility for her flaws and short comings. What was wonderful is that she was not a damsel in distress, Maya could take care of herself—she also knew when she would need to call in the cavalry. The two boys in Maya's life, Daniel and Rafe, both understood and respected her. Even appreciating that she could stand on her own two feet. Daniel is the childhood best friend that has been there since day one and Rafe is the hot new bad boy in town. Both have surprising inner depths and I was just lapping up any details on the two. There are only vague hints at this point of a love triangle, which doesn't worry me as Armstrong has never written a bad love triangle that I've read.

The bulk of the story takes place in a tiny town—population 200 or so—in the middle of a forest with no paved roads leading to it. The place is kept running by a drug research facility. To tempt the scientists into living out in the middle of no where the children are given the best education and health care. Which out shines any thing you'd find in a privileged big city. The story really grows as you get to know the people and the feel of real rural town life. Everyone has a story, no matter if they're the good or bad types.

Armstrong has unmistakably made a new twist on Skinwalkers, weaving Native American myth in to a tale that will win readers over to this new trilogy. Old fans will love the hints to the universe of her other series. Armstrong uses this slower pace to really develop her characters and make her readers more involved. There's a mysterious drowning, shifting, hints at strange new magical beings, genetic mutation crisis's, mysterious fathers, and the required bite-you-nails cliffhanger. Nothing is off limit in this new series, so hold on paranormal fans!!

Sexual Content: There's some heavy make out scenes, sexual humor, some talk about how far Maya's “gone”, and a date-rape drug slipped in.

Rating – 4/5 Great! Really enjoyed it.

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Reading Progress

04/23 page 174
48.0% "Really liking where this is going!! However, it just doesn't feel as awesome as The Darkest Powers trilogy. Plus, the love traingle is too straight forward, clearly better then most. Just not up to pare with her last ones."
04/25 page 359
100.0% "Good! Nothing was really answered . . ." 2 comments
05/31 marked as: read

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message 1: by Genessis (new)

Genessis I read the Darkest Pwers trilogy and likes it. Can you tell me whether or not this is worth reading?

Shera (Book Whispers) It's worth a read, just don't expect the awesomeness from the first series. ^_-

message 3: by Genessis (new)

Genessis aww... maybe I'll read it. I have so many books in my to-read list, but I have school and tons of homework, which makes it impossible for me to read all I want. Hope to catch up this summer. (Waiting for Richelle Mead's books releases.)

Shera (Book Whispers) Yeah, I hear you about the TBR piles. Mine is the "never ending" kind.

Mead's releases are so far off, August ^_-, that it's just torture.

message 5: by Genessis (new)

Genessis I know! Wish they were out already. (sigh)

Heather Tisdale I'm really glad this broke from The Darkest Powers a bit. It's the same world, but the series is distinctly different. I felt like this book was much better written and not as forced and jumbled as the previous series. The Darkest Powers was a struggle for me, but this had a very smooth feel to it, like the story was forming naturally instead of being directed.

Shera (Book Whispers) I can see what you're saying, this one was very smooth.

The Darkest Powers book still rock my world. They were just super fast paced.

message 8: by Genessis (new)

Genessis Ditto. :D

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