My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the 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.
In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.
My Summary: Maya's lived in a town of 200 people since she was five years old. Thanks to the medical research facility in town owned by the St. Clouds (sound familiar?), she and all the rest of the kids get the best of everything: the best schooling, the best health-care...
Maya is content living with her adoptive parents and her friends Serena and Daniel, believing everything she's been told by the St. Clouds. But then Serena dies under mysterious circumstances, and Maya is left to wonder just what is going on in her tiny town when, less than a year later, a reporter disappears while looking for answers about the lab.
And then there's Rafe, the guy who nobody trusts. Maya can't seem to shake the feeling that he knows something he's not telling her... especially when she sees his paw-print tattoo - one that matches hers perfectly.
My Thoughts: Kelley Armstrong is one of my absolute favourite authors, so I might be a little bias when I say this, but I seriously loved this book! I thought there was no way I could like it as much as I adored The Darkest Powers, but it's definitely close.
Kelley's writing is always flawless, and the way she describes Maya's town seriously makes me want to plan a trip to Vancouver. And the characters are awesome - each one is realistic, and each one has a history that you can't wait to find out more about. I especially loved Rafe and his attempt to keep everyone away with his 'bad-boy' persona - that guy definitely needs a hug (preferably from Maya).
And I may seem a little obsessed when I say this, but the little mentions of things we heard about in the Darkest Powers series made me all giddy and whatnot. Especially when I found out that Maya's last name is Delaney and who the statue in the town square was memorializing...
Final Thoughts: Whether you've read the DP series already or not, I think you'll really enjoy reading The Gathering. My advice, though, is that you pick up the DP series first - you find out a lot more important info that way (plus the Darkest Powers series kicks ass... just sayin'). You should definitely pick this one up when you get the chance!