Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
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.
In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.
I love Prologues they are a great way to help readers decided if they want to read a book. It also lends a lot of suspense to the book because it gives a glimpse of things the readers has to look forward to. That said The Gathering has a great start and I started the book already on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. From there the book just gets better. I really like the characters they were all really well developed and I was able to get a feel for how I felt about each of them. Maya's character is amazing, she is a strong independent young woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. I love her boldness in situations and kind of wish I could be like that sometimes, combined with her sarcasm it makes her voice really awesome. I wonder if Maya with let me borrow Daniel as my guy best friend and super hottie? Then there is Rafe mysterious, bad boy who I was falling for but then the ending has me confused about my feelings. We shall see.
The plot is good, really fast paced. There are a lot mysterious things happening in this small town! However the main thing that I found most surprising was how cooperative all of the kids were with different things. I know that its because of the way they were raised but they are really accepting of alot of things. The ending...a cliffhanger...those make me so sad because now I have to wait a year to find out what happens next. I've read the Darkest Powers series so it was really interesting to see names that I recognized from that series.
The Gathering can be read without reading her other series, once you read it then I suggest you read the other series if you haven't. It may help a little with having to wait for the next book. Kelley Armstrong has many, many books. She has an adult series as well as her two YA trilogies. You can read about her and all of her books at her website.