I don't remember, but I think the Urban Fantasy craze picked up before I graduated. Maya lives in a small research town. The characters are well-written, funny, genuine, and simply lovable. Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. In the end, I felt it was just or mostly just setup, however, and can't quite bring myself higher than the three stars. I love her snark and internal dialogue.
Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. We learn that the main character has some supernatural abilities, but everything we see in the book is pretty passive. However, I didn't particularly take to Rafe. I forgot to warn you guys! By this I mean they actually have a solid mystery and background and originality behind what would otherwise be a typical young adult book. There's just something charming about small towns. The Gathering is the story of Maya Delaney, a 16 year old girl who lives in an extremely isolated community on Vancouver Island. Then why a four, and not five stars? Plot: Action packed like running for your life.
And now, like it or not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. A lot more than I liked Rafe. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. Rafe, the resident bad boy, seems to have a lot of surprises and secrets. Massive disappointment; if I didn't already own the rest of the trilogy, I would quit here. Will the new guy at their tiny school make her day? Kelley Armstrong writes well and I can't wait to hear if she has more books in the future.
She make the first move. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control. I think it probably is, I think Armstrong has a decent story here, I just think she had two books worth instead of three. I really liked Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy so the Darkness Rising series looks to be a promising start and I'm looking forward to seeing where she'll take this. Slow and underdeveloped start to new trilogy, 2. I'm really hoping that Armstrong pulls a switcheroo, and Maya ends up with Daniel.
Armstrong introduces us to a new cast of characters and a small town setting on the edge of nowhere, where a medical research facility sets the stage for tons of mystery. Everytime I reminded myself that I should probably read it soon I would then talk myself out of it. That cliffhanger, I knew it was coming but it still burns. It started to become frustrating because if you're someone who looks for plot development, then this might be a bit of a challenge. This is a nice short story, set in a time slightly before the start of the Darkness Rising series.
When she starts to look into it with Daniel, boyfriend of her dead friend. 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. However, I have to say that the elements that are present — the setting, the characters, the conflicts, and the romance — are all pretty well done. But Maya's inner dialogue about Rafe was a bit too much. Because while my love for dystopias keeps me reading trash in search of that one book that will prove authors still know how to do it well, my love for young adult paranormal novels up and left shortly after the publication of the Twilight series. So, anyone who knows me at all on goodreads will know that I have a few friends whose reviews I rely on without question. How long will the file be downloaded? Complicating her life is an attraction to the new kid in town, Rafe.
Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. It's a slow build, but I was enjoying Maya, so I didn't mind. Open their eyes and let them see what's standing right in front of them. Kinda makes you wonder what takes up the first 250 pages, right? A wild and eerie setting is described, a cast of powerful teenagers is introduced, a few mysteries are presented, and a romance begins. Even the side characters and Rafe, the romantic interest, stood out. Words and action just fall off the page, and you're looking to see where it went so you can pick up where you left off, only to find that that was it, and you must now move on to the next chapter. I wasn't very impressed, so much so that I dropped the series.
Maya was bolder than Chloe and had more character to her. I really have no idea what this series wants to be. Descriptions in this one are good, I like how the characters are developed. This amounted to tense situations. When other people start to show up dead in the woods and Maya begins to have strange moments of connection with animals, she decides to start looking for answers. The relationship between Maya and Rafe is mature and sweet. The scene moved from scene to scene, and it was exciting.