The Gathering (Darkness Rising (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 12 Apr 2011
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"Comfortably mixing science, myth, and mystery, Armstrong creates a vivid world highlighted by appealing characters. Fans and newcomers alike will be eager for more after Armstrong's story drives to its pulse-pounding climax. "--Publishers Weekly
"Armstrong begins her new series with a swift-paced start, creating memorable characters and interesting premises."--Booklist
Comfortably mixing science, myth, and mystery, Armstrong creates a vivid world highlighted by appealing characters. Fans and newcomers alike will be eager for more after Armstrong s story drives to its pulse-pounding climax. --Publishers Weekly"
Armstrong begins her new series with a swift-paced start, creating memorable characters and interesting premises. --Booklist"
* The first in a sensational new YA series from bestselling author Kelley Armstrong --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The plot is fairly slow and I'm not sure if it will appeal to readers new to Kelley's world. Personally, I love trying to make all the connections.
Sadly, the book doesn't really finish. It's designed as part one of a trilogy and it's obvious at the end that there's still much more to tell. I don't mind this so much if books are a bit older and I can sit and read them back to back but I imagine there will be a long wait til the next one.
Kelley recently announced her plans to put the Women of the Otherworld series to bed after book 13. Us fans are clutching at whatever we can get so it's positive that there's still the young adult books to look forward to.
When I read young adult books, it is rare that I like both the best friend and the boyfriend, but surprisingly I loved them both in this novel. Daniel, Maya's best friend, is such a kind and caring character and maybe the reason I like him so much is because he does what he's supposed to do. He's the best friend. He doesn't want to be anything more than the best friend and I'm glad that the author didn't fall in line with many other young adult romances. Rafe on the other hand, is dark and mysterious. He's clearly hiding something and you're just desperate to find out what it is. Even Rafe doesn't conform to the young adult stereotypes as he's actually got a whole new persona that's just waiting to be unveiled as soon as he learns to trust someone. Rafe's character is hot. Like super hot. You can't help but falling in love with him and rooting for him and Maya.
I felt that some parts of the plot were very unoriginal, especially the whole mysterious new guy in town - what's he hiding? sort of thing. However, the supernatural beings were different from any other kind I've ever come across, in some ways at least. Actually they have beings very similar to these in the TV series True Blood, but seeing as this was being written at the same time True Blood was being filmed it's highly improbable that either one of the plots was copied. The book description really doesn't give much away so I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone by telling you what sort of paranormal creatures are featured, but I will tell you that they're not vampire and they're not werewolves (was that a hurrah I heard?). You don't really find out what secrets are hiding right until the very end so I really would be giving away the whole story if I told you anything.
This story ended on a brilliant cliff hanger and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next instalment, which, incidently has already been released since it took me so long to write this review! This story was good, but far too much time was spent on the build up and not enough on the action. The series itself; however, has the potential to be really great so I'm hoping that now all the boring set-up is over the story can really get going!
Let me just tell you why this is good, and why it isn't.
To begin with, like all Armstrong's work, it's pacey, well written and a page turner. The characters are engaging and believable, and you want to know what happens to them.
This in itself creates one problem - the cliff hanger ending is frustrating - it feels as if the book finishes part -way through. Incredibly frustrating, and it feels like a cheat - that this should have been a longer book, and has been split by the publisher/author to increase sales.
The second problem for me was that the story line felt very much as if it was Jane Yellowrock (Mercy Blade) light - a junior, twilight type interpretation of the skinwalker tale for the teen market - even down to the badguy, tattooed potential love interest. Having read all of armstrong's other tales, I did feel she could have put more of an individual stamp on this.
Still worth a read though!
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