Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (3/5 stars)

Title: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: 12 April 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 359 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"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."

I picked up this book because the second book in this latest trilogy from famous Urban Fantasy author, Kelley Armstrong will be released this month and I heard a lot of good things about her and wanted to read the series. 

Maya hasn't been the same ever since Serena, drowned in the lake before her eyes, blaming herself for not being able to save her best friend. It's a mystery how a swim team captain could drown in a lake she knows so well. But that isn't the only mystery in Salmon Creek, a medical research town owned by the St. Cloud pharmaceutical company in Vancouver. After Maya found a snooping reporter dead in the forest, failed experiments to awaken supernatural powers of natives come to light. 

I like the setting of the book - the lush forest Maya loves to escape to, I also wanted to know if Daniel has feelings for Maya, I laugh at the funny dialogues between Maya and her family, and the Native American mythology in the story is fresh and intriguing. What I didn't like is the Benandanti mythology which is Italian in origin thrown in in the story. Benandanti's or "good walkers" souls separate from their bodies as they sleep to fight off evil witches for good harvest, doesn't mix well with the Native American Skinwalkers mythology. THE GATHERING is an okay book, and I guess it didn't win me over because it has an overall feel that it's the first few chapters of a book, not a whole book in itself, although the cliffhanger in the end made me want to read THE CALLING, I wanted more from The Gathering! 

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