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The Gathering

(Ivy Blackwood Chronicles #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  630 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers.

From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emoti
Published October 12th 2018
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THE GATHERING: Is the first full length paranormal novel in L.A. Fiore’s ‘Ivy Black Chronicles #1’ series.

This review is going to be all over the place and I apologize for that, it's also going to be as spoiler free as I can make it.

For me it probably wasn't a good idea going into this blind, only signing up for it
1: because I loved the cover and
2: because I’ve loved previous works by this author.
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I've loved L.A. Fiore from the very start. From the first book of hers I've read to the last, she has captivated me with her words. Every story is unique. I've fallen in love with every character. And... every one of her heroes has made it to the top of my book boyfriends list!

The piece of me I didn't know was missing was returned with nothing more than a simple glance.

In The Gathering , the first book of the Ivy Blackwood Chronicles - her first foray into another subgenre and she chooses pa
3 Stars

The story started really good with a bit of mystery, it intrigued me but then it fell flat and after a while, I felt it become a bit repetitive. Besides the beginning, there isn’t so much happening in the story and after reading 60% I started skimming. But I have to add it has such a gorgeous cover! Told in multiple POV, in both 1st and 3rd person. It’s the first installment in the "Ivy Blackwood Chronicles". Overall, it was an okay read for me but I’m in the minority here as you can see
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
The Gathering Teaser 1

So this Blew me away: it was so breathtaking and also so completely different to what I was originally expecting.


A really hard one to describe and categorise but I will most certainly try my very best.
So: When I started this I was a tad confused: there is almost a purposeful layer of mystique layered here to tantalise and obscure: serving to also bait that hook with such delicious allure.
But no matter my perplexity here there is no way on this planet I could have put this down as each baffling b
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the book I have always wanted to write, but I wasn't sure I could pull it off. I am thrilled with how it turned out. I wouldn't call this true is more my take on paranormal. I hope if you read it, you experience the magic that is Ivy and Bain's extraordinary journey.

"Theirs wasn’t just a love story; it was timeless, everlasting…it was what fairy tales were made of."
Mindy Lou's Book Review
The cover fits this book perfectly! After reading the book, this cover describes what you are about to dive into with great accuracy.

I really enjoyed this book because of how different it was. It's a PNR book with a touch of a horror movie feel to it. In the beginning it was a little confusing because the author was switching between characters without much explanation. It's a great technique to get the reader to really absorb into the book, to pay attention closely, and to see how everything w
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
My review is not justified because I'm not a paranormal reader. With limited ability I read the book and honestly, it impressed me more as a thriller. The ominous background of Misty Vale and Ivy Blckwood as a trapped prisoner just pulled me right in. She's linked to the gruesome murders happening in New Orleans.


"I was sure I was slipping deeper into my illness, what with my foray into summoning fire and not just summoning it but holding a conversation with myself on validating my crazy."
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I’m a lover of words; partly, because I’m a high school English teacher, but mostly, because I find writers’ ability to fluidly string words together in a way that clearly illustrates the ‘voices in their head’ and illicits a response from their audience to be a compelling tool for offering insights, teaching lessons, or just simply entertaining readers.

There’s a sense of power in words, both the oral and written ones, and while they can serve as weapons, the ones that consume
4.5 stars.

This story is weird, well in a good way:)
It’s an epic fantasy!
The story just pull me in, and I wasn’t sure where it took me but it was a fabulous read!:)

If you love a fantasy PNR read, go read this book.
If not, this one probably is too bonkers for you! 😘

I can’t wait to see what next in the series ❤️
Steph's Romance Book Talk
5 Stars / 4 Steam Fans

I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF THIS REREAD/AUDIOBOOK LISTEN!! However, I sort of buddy read The Gathering this time, and it was brought to my attention how complex the storyline was. I must agree with that, and in the future when I recommend this book I will preface it by saying "if you want to listen to the audiobook (which has FANTASTIC narrators) make sure you have the physical/ebook handy" the story jumps around, and the visual text is needed to grasp the nuances of the voice
Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
THE GATHERING is a paranormal story on crack with so many twists that will have your head spinning. Really, this was so indescribably intense, interwoven with so many intricate details about every supernatural being you could possibly think of – from witches to vampires, lycans and even demi gods and zombies –, about the enchantment and thrills that Mardi Gras in New Orleans provides and countless other myths, spiked with the confusing aspects of Ivy and her beliefs of being mentally ill and uns ...more
In the beginning I was very much captivated. Dark tones, madness and mystery. Horror. A general feeling of malaise. A perfect reading experience for Halloween. Remember the very first Halloween movie? Simple and utterly horrific. That’s what the author brought forth here. I compared to Anne Rice or Stephen King. I’ll stand by that.

Ivy. We don’t know what she is. Different. Spellbinding. Not crazy. Not a monster. Her world is the world I wanted to live in. Focus on Ivy.

Too many characters broug
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been looking forward to this book since it was first announced. It seemed like the perfect October kind of read, spooky and full magic and things that go bump in the night. And for the first 20%, I was all in and completely intrigued but then……yeah, there’s a but….things got weird. The story lost its way a bit.

There were sections that were very well written, thoughtful, emotional with layers and depth. But in between the goodness, were scenes that felt out of place, unfocused, and to be ho
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy

I am so confused.
DO NOT, I repeat do not do this book as an audio first.
I, the reader who has listened to many books, I od it always on 2 or higher speed. Not thing one....oh no...I had to go at some point to 1,90 or lower...

yup, that is unusual and pretty bad for me...

basically it is hard to connect the storyline, characters, time frames while listening because the book is written from past and present, with multiple POVs, in first and third-person... with very complex bad call
***5 Stars***

What a ride!

From start to finish I was hooked!

This book gave me the creeps, had me at the edge of my seat and gave me the swoons. It also had me laughing and falling in love with a whole slew of characters that I want more of and am very happy to know that I will get to spend more time with them as this is just the first in the series.

There is a huge part of me that wants to get into detail about Ivy, as well as Ivy and Bain, but that would just ruin it for you. But what I can s
 Charlie  ✰ WLTB Blog ✰
I went into this book totally blind. It was the cover that drew me in, it is so intriguing. Not going to give anything away with this review.

I loved everything about this book, the story just draws you in from the first chapter, wondering where the story is going to take you. It grabs you and doesn't let go. I loved the characters they are interesting, the story, I was really surprised with the Blurb not giving anything away and I didn't know what I was expecting. but it was amazing. Yes, this
Tina H
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I didn’t walk where dreams were made. I lived in the nightmares."

This book had a little bit of everything....
Mental Institution, haunted house, all things paranormal, mystery, love, sex, the list goes on.

"I was sure I was slipping deeper into my illness, what with my foray into summoning fire and not just summoning it but holding a conversation with myself on validating my crazy."

I really enjoyed this book and trying to fit all of the pieces together. It was different from most of the paranorm
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
This book has become one of my top 2018 reads! It’s fast paced, action packed, full of suspense and intrigue that you won’t be able to put it down.

I’m not going to go into detail with my review. I want you to be shocked and in awe like I was. Every time a new detail got revealed my jaw was on the floor and I want you to experience those emotions. Everything you have ever wanted in a PNR is in this book. It left me on the edge of my seat and was even spooky at times. The suspense killed me. I ke
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
The Gathering was a little confusing for me at the start. I went in blind and I think I expected a bit of a dark romance with the way the story began. Once I realized the paranormal aspects of the story and as the story progressed with more details coming to light, I did get caught up in the story and enjoyed it more.

“That was the kind of love worth breaking the rules for, worth sacrificing for, worth dying for.”

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the story, the background of New Orleans and the hints
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I was willing to risk it all, so I could dare to walk where dreams were made."

This is my first book by L.A. Fiore and man am I hooked! I won't lie that this cover drew me in. I fell in love with it the second I saw it. I am not usually a paranormal person but the author absolutely nailed this book. I am so thankful I stepped out of my comfort zone, and took a chance. I could not quit reading it. I devoured the pages like a women possesd! Every page thrilled me more than the last. The suspen
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Stunning. Absolutely Stunning!

The Gathering by LA Fiore is unlike any other book, any other realm. My mind is still spellbound by the author's words; I felt I was taken to another world and my imagination just went completley wild when it came to this book.

I'm slowly moving into the genre of paranormal - It's not usually the genre that captures my attention, and now, after this book, I will be paying A LOT more attention to it. I seriously underestimated this novel - it wasn't what I thoug
Romance Readers Retreat
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Having never read an LA Fiore book before I had no preconceived ideas as to what this book was about nor did the synopsis give very much clue either. I can say that it is the first book of a Paranormal Romance series, of which I was particularly eager to read.

What I did know very early on is that this book revolves around Ivy Blackwood, who following an event when she was a child had spent the last two decades in Misty Vale, a mental asylum.

At first it was pretty hard to ascertain the e
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am still in awe of what I just read. L.A. Fiore is already one of my favorite authors of all time, but she just took it to a whole other level. Talk about a hybrid author!! This woman can write anything she wants!

The Gathering is a phenomenal read and is definitely one of the best reads of 2018 for me. I just recently started to get back into the paranormal genre. But this book is so much more than that. How a person can think up these characters and this story line totally blows my mind. Lov
Colleen Oppenheim
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, I new Liz could write romance but she NAILED paranormal/thriller/suspense!
I don't even know how to write this review as I am still REELING from the story.

Be prepared to not guess the ending. Seriously, I really thought I had it all figured out and then BOOM, she threw me, again and again. There are no words that can really express what I feel right now. The characters, plot, story - nothing short of amazing. I would give it more then 5 stars if I could.
Cécile Smits
WOW....just WOW! I am só glad i said yes to an ARC of The Gathering! It is such a captivating story,i loved every second!

Ivy is a girl with a dark history,one she can’t remember. She’s lived most of her life locked away,but as bad things start to happen,her isolation comes to an end.
After thinking she had no-one for so long,she now discovers she has friends. Friends that stand by her as the world invades her life. A world where the dark wants to reign. They’re in for one hell of a fight.....

A lot of POVs in the beginning of the book. You need a diagram to remember everyone’s name and what they do, etc.

The first three hours of the book was confusing I almost DNFed it, but I am glad I didn't. If you get over the first 3 hours of the audiobook, you will be fine.
CherryRed’s Reads
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intense, gripping, magical & an overall enchanting story that will have you wishing this world really exists.
Author L.A. Fiore gives another phenomenal story to love.
I loved how this story captivated me. It is one once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down because you will need to know what the outcome will be.
Go One Click this Must Read!
5 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒popped!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Escape into My Reads Book Blog ➳ Raj

The Gathering (Ivy Blackwood Chronicles #1) by LA Fiore is an intense read that had my nerves on edge as I turned the pages. The story is interwoven so intricately I got completely swept up in the twists. It’s unlike anything LA Fiore has ever written before as she delved into the paranormal world and enveloped it with a mix of dark, suspense and romance. Ivy and Bain’s story took me on an emotional journey and made me feel their connection and all-consuming l
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first PNR book from this author and she KILLED IT! I loved the thrills, chills and excitement I got from this book. I never knew what was going to happen. The romance was the icing on the cake. The intimate details she goes into of the locations, to the littles animal mentioned was superb. I literally was so excited to see how she tied up this book becuase there is so much going on. This was a beautiful movie playing in my head and the dark, the ugly and the beautiful was all worth t ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers. From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassio
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LA Fiore, Liz, has been writing for years. She doesn’t think of herself as an author, but a storyteller. When she's not behind her computer, she can be found with her kids and husband chilling on the deck with their four furbabies.

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