The Gathering By Kelly Armstrong
"This is so cool," I said loudly as Dad walked away. "Have you met the tattoo artist? Is he hot?" "He's a she," Mom said. "Is she hot? Cause I'm still young, you know. My sexual identity isnt fully formed." "Your father can't hear you anymore, Maya." Mom sighed.
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.
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.
I really, really enjoyed Ms. Armstrong's The Darkest Powers Series. For any of you that have loved it too, you should check out this blog HERE. Kelley has continued the story with all of the characters that we loved from the series. Anyway, I had really expected to thoroughly LOVE this series too, but the first book was a little disappointing.
I had expected the storyline to go somewhere else I guess. Never did I expect shape shifters living in the middle of nowhere! I think that if I would not have read the first series, I guess that I would have enjoyed it more. The first series had more of the paranormal elements that I enjoy. The more that I read, the more I got into the story, but it actually took me awhile and I felt that the book started off slowly.
The character of Maya was a strong lead. She does have a mind of her own and NOONE will tell her what to do. As for her love interest, I was torn. I do not care too much for Rafe. He seems nice enough, but there is something about him that rubs me the wrong way. Daniel *swoonworthy*, He is the one that I believe Maya should be with. He is very protective and watches her back. I really believe that Daniel is in love with Maya, but she just cannot see it yet.
I have a feeling that this series may get better with the next book, The Calling, Due out in April 2012. My suggestion is to read it. It was not awful, I guess I just loved the first series so much that my expectations were set really high for this one. Let me know what you think!!!