Kelley Armstrong is book crack. I literally say this every time I review one of her books, but friends, I inhaled The Gathering - the first of a spinoff series to Darkest Powers. You do not need to have already read any of the Darkest Powers books to enjoy or understand The Gathering, however, reading the Darkest Powers books will enhance your experiences as minor characters make appearances.
16 year old Maya lives in a small -population of 200- town on a Vancouver island. The nearest town is like an hour away. Maya’s tow is centered around a medical research center called St. Cloud. Almost everyone who lives there works for St. Cloud basically. Maya lives with two parents and describes them as winning the adoption lottery. You see, Maya is Native American but her adoptive parents are white. The only thing that tying her to her biological family is a paw print birthmark on her hip. FYI Maya is a supernatural creature.
Of course, if you read the Darkest Powers books you know Kelley Armstrong can heat up the page with just a heated glance or a simple hand on the arm. There’s a new boy in Maya’s school – Rafe – who is something of a badass Lothario. And he’s interested in Maya. But then there is her BFF Daniel, who I think, because I’m not an idiot, feel something for her — but I could be wrong. Anyways, it’s a not quite love triangle that has me sighing all over the place.
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong has LOTS of exposition, which is not a bad thing in this book’s case. Armstrong has to build her world AND get you invested for the future books. Seriously, her writing is not 10 pages of purple crap, but actually setting the path and tone for the next books. And it reads so fast. The Gathering has 359 pages and you would think that would take so much time to read, right? NOPE. If you block out some space and turn the twitters off, you can totally get through The Gathering in no time, it’s that kind of book crack.
Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library (YAY TAXES I CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF)
Other reviews of The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong:
Darkness Rising (Spin-off series)
The Gathering (Book One)
The Calling (Book Two)
The Rising (Book Three) – out in 2013