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Book Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Paranormal / Romance)
Date Published: April 12, 2011
Publisher: Harper

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.

The Gathering is the first book in the Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong. Maya is an excellent main character, and I enjoyed learning about things right along with her. Daniel and Rafe are interesting too, or I think they will be. We learned a little more about Rafe than Daniel, but I feel like there’s much more.  Daniel seems to know more than he’s let on too, or maybe he’s running on instinct at times. I don’t know, but there’s definitely more going on with him. This book did a great job introducing us to Maya’s life and the story that’s to come. I’m definitely on board and can’t wait to read more.

“I was rounding the local theater, planning to circle back, when Daniel’s shout pulled me up short.
I turned. He barreled toward me, his eyes wide with alarm. Right, like I was falling for that one.
I started to run again. I should have been able to outpace him easily. I always could. But the next thing I knew, I was being tackled. He knocked me into an alcove, both of us hitting the wall, then collapsing to the ground.
“Stay down!” he said.
Not much chance of doing anything else with him on top of me. But when I glanced up into his eyes, I saw that the panic wasn’t fake. He looked around as if expecting a posse of armed gunmen to round the corner at any moment. When footsteps sounded, he tensed, muscles bunching, prepared to leap up and defend us against--
Two preteen boys passed the alcove. One of them saw us and whispered to his friend. They grinned our way and shot Daniel a thumbs-up.
When they’d gone by, I pushed him off me.
“Okay, I might have overreacted,” he said as we sat up.
“You think?”

Kelley Armstrong believes experience is the best teacher, though she’s been told this shouldn’t apply to writing her murder scenes. To craft her books, she has studied aikido, archery and fencing. She sucks at all of them. She has also crawled through very shallow cave systems and climbed half a mountain before chickening out. She is however an expert coffee drinker and a true connoisseur of chocolate-chip cookies.

To learn more about Kelley Armstrong  and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Goodreads, FacebookTumblr, and Twitter.

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