Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong


Title: The Gathering 
Series: The Darkness Rising Trilogy 
Book #: One
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Source: Local Library

My Rating: fullfullhalfBlankBlank

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.

Until now.

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. (taken from goodreads.com)
As a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series, I was sure that I'd enjoy her newest series. However, I have to say that I wasn't nearly as impressed with this story as I was with Armstrong's first three books.

I tried to make myself love The Gathering. I just couldn't get into it. I always managed to find something else to do rather than sit down and finish it. That's never a good sign. In fact, I would say that this book is the reason I've been in a reading rut lately. 

The characters never drew me in. Sure, Maya is witty and strong-headed, but she's also a bit bland. I never really rooted for her. The same could be said for her love interest, Rafe. He's your classic bad boy with a hidden soft side. Not much to gush over there. The other smaller characters were equally uninteresting. To be honest, I probably won't remember any of their names after a couple more days. That's how forgettable I felt they were. 

The story just took too long to really begin. I was bored. Even when the action finally picked up, I found myself thinking of all the other books I could be reading instead. Armstrong keeps hinting at all the huge mysteries the island holds, but most of the book revolves around Maya stumbling around in the woods with her hot boy toy. 

I would still consider myself a fan of Armstrong, but I don't think I'll be picking up the next books in this series. I highly recommend The Darkest Powers series, but The Darkness Rising series (or at least the first book) is lacking, if you ask me.

“I want you to have big dreams, big goals. I want you to strive to achieve them. But I don't want to see you beating yourself up every time you make a mistake.”