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.
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 guess I was hoping for better writing when I picked up this series by
Kelley Armstrong. But it was about the same as her Darkest Powers
series. Even a lot of the plot development was the same. And plot
devices. And since it's related to the world of Darkest Powers I saw a
lot of similarities to that series, in general. Which is not necessarily
a bad thing but since I'd just read Darkest Powers I was a bit bored by
all the sameness.
That said, I did like The Gathering. Although
I still don't fully understand the title. And I was mildly disappointed
by the total cliffhanger ending. So, yeah, I'll read the whole series
to find out what happens because not much was explained. And I like to
know these things.
So, Maya. She was tough. Maybe a little to
tough. I don't know what it was, really, I just didn't connect with her
all that well. I could understand the not dating local guys thing and
never getting too serious. I got her grief for her friend. I understood
her friendship with Daniel. I even got her hesitation with Rafe. I just
never felt connected to her. I felt like all her emotions were at arms
length. I guess that was kind of part of her character but, as a reader,
it made it hard for me.
Daniel kind of annoyed me because he was
kind of flat. He always acted as expected. He was just an all-around
good guy, which was nice, but... I don't know. Armstrong did try to give
him layers, make him well-rounded and whatever but he just didn't act
full enough for my taste. Rafe was probably the most layered character
in the book but, even then, his mystery was solved a bit too abruptly.
Armstrong let us into his world a little too quickly; I would like to
have had more suspense about him.
And then there was the whole
premise of the story. I really just wish it would have been something
more original. The cougar thing is different, sure, but it's so similar
to the wolf thing that it's really not all that original at all.
But it was a nice, mostly clean, fun fluff read.
Sexual Content: Mild (scenes of just kissing)
None (Armstrong is amazing about not using foul language but having
people "curse" and "swear an oath" or whatever. Love that about her)