Title: The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
On the Shelves: Young Adult, Paranormal,
An ordinary town . . . full of deadly secrets
“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 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.” (Goodreads 2013)
This was my first experience of reading Kelley Armstrong, despite her popularity. I’d never heard of her before. This is only going to be a short review because I don’t have very much to say.
I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I’d read it when I was maybe 16 or 17, rather than early 20s. The story itself was nothing too original, but what is memorable about this book was the characters and the relationship between them, specifically between the female protagonist Maya, and her parents. For once, in a YA book, the parents- firstly, are both alive and happy and well. They are happily married and they are not absent from their daughter’s life. Maya is quite close to her parents, with a lot of banter between the three of them, and no inner turmoil goes on surrounding telling her parents about whatever is going on with her- which was nice to see, and this is fairly uncommon in young adult books. It’s nice to see a teenager have a relationship with her parents that doesn’t consist of slamming doors and telling them YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND MY LYF, especially with the whole issue of Maya being adoptive.
It didn’t, however, strike enough of a chord with me to make me want to continue the series, and I was indifferent towards the end when a lot of action went on, but I did really enjoy Maya as a character and I might try out another of Armstrong’s series to see if I prefer any of them.