Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

5 years ago

Description: Strange things are happening in Maya`s tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya`s homeand her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations. 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 anatomyher paw-print birthmark.

Review: Maya made an interesting heroine; she definitely wasn`t the typical heroine that some YA novels have. She wasn`t afraid to tell it like it was, she thought for herself, and she wasnt a damsel in distress, Maya could take care of herself but what I liked the most about her was her humour ,there were so many times I found myself bursting out laughing the things that came out of her mouth.

Daniel was sweet, protective, and really, an awesome best friend while Rafe had the whole bad-boy vibe going on but was flawed enough to be a believable character. I liked that he was impulsive and hot-tempered, but still sweet and caring when he wanted to be. There isn`t a love triangle in this book but I can definitely see it possibly happening somewhere down the line.

Kelley Armstrong does a great job at developing all the characters and the whole world the story takes place in. Having been to Vancouver Island many times in my life I can say that she wrote about it beautifully and created something amazing.

The only drawback to this novel is its slow-paced; it was quite frustrating when I read the final chapters just as things started getting interesting then it was over. I wish there had been more to the first book. Since we still know so little about the characters and there are some loose ends but there will be sequels.

This story is only just beginning, and I will be reading the next book in this series. This book gets a 4/5.

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