by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Suggested Ages: 13 + (nothing too sexual or violent)
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Description: Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's homeand her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomyher paw-print birthmark.
The Good Stuff
- I cannot believe I have never read one of Kelley's books before, she is an incredible storyteller. She is also a lovely women who sent me a signed copy of one of her books for my SB&H (Spina Bifida Association) raffle
- The story grabs your attention from the 1st chapter and doesn't let go until the very last page
- Maya's parents are AWESOME -- this is the first YA book I have read where the parents aren't self-involved, clueless douche bags - Thank you Kelley for this I will buy and read all your books
- Intriguing mysterious story with lots of twists and turns
- Wonderfully dry fun dialogue -- it was hard to pick just a few good quotes for this review
- Lots of Cougars and I don't mean old chicks like me, actual Cougars (and for you Americans otherwise known as Mountain Lions). I love animals what can I say
- Set in Canada -- I know, I know but I am a geeky Canadian when I recognize City/Province names I get excited
- Strong female lead and interesting secondary characters
- Love the relationship between Maya and her parents and Maya and her friends, especially Daniel
- The story ended on a cliffhanger and I am reading this on March 6th and this book hasn't even been published yet -- how long do I have to wait for the next book -- I'm impatient : )
"UM, yeah. She climbed a tree to escape a cat. She's suffering from a serious case of stupid."
"In Nanaimo? Must be a low-budget Canadian production."
"Is there any other kind?"
"Takes care of me? Did I go to sleep and wake up in the nineteenth century?" I looked down at my jeans and T-shirt. "Ack! I can't go to school like this. Where's my Corset? My bonnet?
Dad sighed as Mom walked in with her empty teacup.
"What did I miss?" she said
"Dad's trying to marry me off to Daniel." I looked at him. "You know, if you offer him a new truck for a dowry, he might go for it."
"Apparently, I said the wrong thing," Dad told Mom
What I Learned
- That I so need to go to Vancouver
- That I need to go get the rest of Kelley's books
- My neighbors daughter actually squealed when she found out I had got a copy of this. I even let her read it before me because I know she WILL go out and buy her own copy -- she has all of Kelley's books and they are all signed (Kelley lives near where we live)
- Anyone who likes paranormal YA stories -- or quite frankly anyone who likes a good story
I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- hmmm, think I might have to beg them to put me on the list for all of Kelley's new releases
Random House has kindly offered TWO copies of The Gathering for me to give away
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