Review: ‘The Gathering’ by Kelley Armstrong

Review: ‘The Gathering’ by Kelley ArmstrongThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #1
Published by Doubleday Canada on April 12th, 2011
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Wolves, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
On the heels of the wildly popular "The Darkest Powers" series comes the first in another supernatural YA trilogy from New York Times bestelling author Kelley Armstrong.

Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can't find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students — for every grade from kindergarten to twelve. Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya's determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya's home, and they won't go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts getting negative vibes from certain people and things. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret — and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy: Her paw-print birthmark.

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Maya, an orphan teenager lives happily in the tiny town of Falls, British Columbia. She’s wonderfully happy, but not until tragedy strikes near her heart and she starts to uncover the secrets that her tiny town has kept hidden from the teenagers.

I’m always wary when a cover of a book says “New York Times Best-Selling Author” splashed on the front. I didn’t have to be hesitant at all when reading The Gathering at all. I simply enjoyed the journey that Kelley Armstrong took me. And that is right over to the west coast of Canada.

There is always something more with the secrets that are hidden around the super powers that some of the teens have. And you can’t help but wonder what they are! I certainly tried. There’s an air of mystery and intrigue and a tad bit of romance for Maya and as you read you find yourself lost in her world.( I forgot to eat because I was too preoccupied with this book! I have the pasta stain to prove it!) I love Daniel. He’s just too good and I’m a sucker for the good boys. Rafe on the other hand didn’t make me feel as happy and warm. He hides a lot of things from Maya which I dislike. But as always the girl falls for the bad one. I disliked how Maya denies him in the beginning, then turns right around and falls for him anyway. Knowing full well he’s a player. Talk about hypocritical!

Kelley Armstrong you got yourself a fan for life! And I love that you’re also Canadian.



It was like jumping from a cliff, a terrifying, exhilarating, mind-blowing rush, and I didn’t want it to end, didn’t care where it led, only wanted to follow. (136)





  1. Jen

    November 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    This has been sitting on my bookshelf too long! Your review makes me want to bump it up the list. I’m a big fan of anything Canadian, especially if it’s taking place in B.C.

  2. Jaime Lester

    May 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    It has been a while, but I remember that I enjoyed the first book in the Darkest Powers series. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but I plan to. And now it looks like I have to add another Kelley series to my TBR!

  3. Grace Lo

    October 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series, which takes place a little before The Gathering, was probably one of the first YA books I read, and totally opened the threshold for me into this age group!
    Her characters are all unique, strong, and very much flawed, but they still recognize their weaknesses and try to change. They all develop throughout the stories, and I have to say, Maya’s among my favourites, as I can kind of relate to her. Another cool thing is that I also live on the west-coast of Canada, so although I don’t live very close to where the story takes place, I get the geographical references and don’t need to pull up Google Maps c:

  4. brandileigh2003

    July 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I really enjoyed her other series, I just haven’t made time for this one yet, but it sounds like I need to.
    Thanks for review,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. Karen

    July 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Hi Giselle~! [I hope I spelled your name rightt~~]
    I’ve been following your youtube videos for a while and decided to follow your site too! (:


    • Karen

      July 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Oh! And I absolutely loved this book too. Kelley Armstrong is my love.

  6. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    July 20, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    I haven’t read any Kelley Armstrong, I want to though! This one sounds really good! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much 🙂

    And she’s Canadian? I love finding awesome Canadian authors!

    Thanks for the review!

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