Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

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.

Instant fan! This book sat on my shelf for way too long untouched and all I can say is that it was my loss. Armstrong was not an author I was familiar with previously, but I'm a fan now. Her writing moved quickly and flowed smoothly. Her characters were relatable and fun to learn more about and her story was intriguing and addicting. If you're looking for a fast and fun read, this is one to add to our library.

Armstrong introduces readers to a small Canadian town centered around a top secret medical research facility. Hello mystery and intrigue. Each family in town is related to the research in one way or another. Whether the parents are employees of the facility itself or the businesses surrounding it, no one lives in Salmon Creek if they don't have a reason. And that reason is related to the medical facility. This includes our main characters. From the very start I was pulled toward Maya and Daniel and Rafe. They're fabulous. Each of them has secrets, but at the same time I felt like I truly knew them.

A page turner for sure and an excellent start to a new series. I'm anxiously awaiting Armstrong's second installment, The Calling, which is scheduled for release April 10, 2012.

I gave The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1) 3 shamrocks!!!

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