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The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Bk 1)
The Gathering - Darkness Rising, Bk 1
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Strange things have been happening in sixteen-year-old Maya's small Vancouver Island community -- from the mountain lions that have been constantly approaching her to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations. There's also a sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . different. Combine...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061797033
ISBN-10: 0061797030
Publication Date: 4/10/2012
Pages: 358
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 16
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Maya Delaney and her best friend Daniel Bianchi live in a tiny island town outside of Vancouver. It's basically a private town operated by St. Cloud - a drug research company with a facility nearby. It's a relatively quiet town until reporter Mina Lee arrives and winds up dead. Maya, Daniel and Rafe (the new boy in town) know something is really wrong and start to investigate Mina Lee and her death. Maya is fascinated by bad boy Rafe and starts spending time with him, until he tells her something unbelievable about himself, his sister and Maya. Now she's questioning everything she's ever believed and Rafe's ultimate intentions.

I liked Maya, Daniel and Rafe (who has his reasons for all he's done). I liked the mystery of who orphan Maya really is and why she was left behind by her mother. I also liked the mystery of what St. Cloud is really doing behind those locked doors and how and why Maya's BFF Serena died. I definitely will continue this series as the cliff hanger ending was intense and I just have to know what is happening and why Maya seems to be in the middle of it all.
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Maya lives in a special community - it's based around a research hospital. And only certain families are invited to live there.

Maya's family lives in a park where her dad is the ranger. She's always had a special connection with the mountain lions, but recently they've been seen around a lot more. Suddenly, Maya is having flashes of the world from a mountain lion's point of view. But she has no idea why. And she still wonders what really happened a little while back when her best friend, who was a strong swimmer, suddenly drowned. Things are definitely not what they seem to be in this little town.

Add in her best friend, Daniel, and the new hot boy, Rafe, and you've got a great trio of characters. This book will keep you wondering as to what will happen next.

THE GATHERING was a nice change in that I really enjoyed it! I think I was in a reading rut and just couldn't seem to read a book that I really enjoyed until this one. That being said, I do have to say that for the most part, this book is pretty predictable. I knew Maya's secret pretty much from the beginning, as well as Rafe's. But I'm not sure just how Rafe's secret is tied to Maya's. Hmmm. And I"m not sure how their little community plays into it just yet, but I'm sure it does somehow. And Daniel...sometimes I felt like he had feelings for Maya, and other times he just seemed like a big brother.

There were so many unanswered questions - but in a good way! In a way that makes it so you can't wait to get your hands on the sequel. I can't wait to read the next book, THE CALLING. Hopefully, it will answer a bunch of questions that I have!

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