The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)by Kelley Armstrong
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Harper (HarperCollins)Buy The Gathering on Amazon
Review by Amber I.
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.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.
I was hooked from the prologue. I mean it, I just could not put this down and 2 pages in, I am asking myself why did I take so long to read this. It has been sitting on my shelf since the day it came out. Maybe I was nervous since its a spin off series to The Darkest Powers (which I loved) but I had no reason to be. Its Kelley Armstrong, I should have known this book would be amazing!!!
Maya is awesome! She is a whole package of mystery too. She is adopted, doesn't know who her real parents are, she has some weird gifts and are only getting stronger. She is also just fun. She is out-doorsy a girl a guy can hang out with, funny, sarcastic and just seriously someone you instantly like. She does learn a few secrets of her past and this does lead to a whole other set of questions.
Then there are the other kids in this small town of 200 people that I loved. The town itself is so isolated and has a drug research lab, where we all know something weird is going on and it makes you think everyone in town has some awesome secrets waiting to spill. I loved Daniel!!! He is the friend next door guy, always watching out for Maya and just down right amazing. And it seems to be just a friendship (even if that saddens me..lol) There is also the new comer and of coarse sexy bad boy Rafe, who Maya develops a thing for and where she learns some hidden truths about who she really is.
This book was just amazing. There is so much going on that I would have to write a crazy long review and you would all think I was nuts. There is still so much to uncover in the next books, and I am so excited to start them. If you haven't checked out Kelley Armstrong then you are nuts and need to get on this. Her YA and Adult series are seriously awesome!!
My review will never give this book the awesomesauce justice it deserves but trust me it is a must read!! Every page had me memorized and there is so much mystery and........like I said it was way to awesome to really sum it up in words!