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February 21, 2012

[White Pine 2012] "The Gathering" by Kelley Armstrong

Book #2 out of 10! I'm making progress! ^o^ Okay...maybe not quite as fast as last year, but that's only because I've been reading a non-WP book in between my WP books ^^;

 Title: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication: 2011, HarperCollins

Summary: 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....read more

Review: A heart-thumping start to a great new series! Ms. Armstrong pulls from a strictly Canadian setting a mythical-meets-modern tale with a strong protagonist, addictive teen romance, and wonderfully fast-paced action. Maya is not too original a lead, but nevertheless vibrant enough to pull the reader along her story. One will find oneself scampering after the energetic characters of this book without missing a step. The mystery itself was well drawn out, revealing gasp-worthy snippets in the right places. Ms. Armstrong took advantage of a neatly created small town, where she pulled all pieces of the game up close to the reader. That being said, it added even more satisfaction in the surprises. The narration transitions effectively through present-time, dreams, and other visions, creating a couple layers of depth to the fantasy and mystery elements. Although not of a more artistic telling, the story itself is an enjoyable one, and will leave readers attached to the characters enough to go searching for the sequel.


Rating: ✿✿✿ 3 Blossoms
Final Notes: The author erased most of the bad memories from The Summoning for me and I seriously enjoyed this one! Addicting and thrilling, and the romance is just AWWWW!!! I love Rafe!!!! >_< -squeals- Guess the reason why I want to continue with the sequel is out, haha, but yes, definitely worth the read this time, especially if you're a fan of this popular author. I also found that she did a great job balancing myth and facts, so this was actually very, very believable.

Vivian

3 comments:

  1. Hey, great review! I like how you discussed the various layers of the story and the great mystery that Armstrong created. I loved The Gathering, but The Calling is even better! Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment on my review! You'll love Daniel even more in The Calling!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

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  2. Nice review! It seemed mostly positive - just out of curiosity, what factors caused you to deduct two stars? Are you allowed to tell what kind of supernatural creature Maya is or would it spoil too much of the suspense? ;)

    Annie in Wonderland

    P.S. What does WP stand for?

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    1. Thanks, Annie! It wasn't...outstanding enough. There wasn't anything here that poked out of the norm of an enjoyable YA book and that's why it didn't receive more stars than my 3-star "average, decent read" rating. And WP = White Pine (it's a reading program at school)

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