Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

gatheringThe Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Details: Hardcover, 359 pages
Published: April 12th 2011 by Harper
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: 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.

Until now.

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.

In The Gathering , New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

Review: I love Kelley Armstrong and even if I don’t get her books as soon as they come out, I still make sure to grab them when I can. She is a favorite of mine. So when I was finally able to pick up The Gathering, I was super excited and started reading it almost immediately.

As always the writing and story were fantastic. Easy to read and addictive. You want to keep reading. However, I just didn’t connect with the characters. I liked Daniel and Maya was alright but other than that I just didn’t care about them. I didn’t life Rafe at all. There were only one or two tiny parts where I smiled because of him.

I honestly think The Gathering would have gotten at least four stars instead of three if I felt more connected to the characters, because other than that, this was a great book and I can’t wait to read book two, The Calling.

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