The Gathering – Kelley Armstrong | A Book Review

The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Gathering

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)

About the book: It’s the first in the Darkness Rising trilogy. Strange things start happening in a small Vancouver Island community with unexplained deaths and deadly secrets. A normal girl in a normal town realizes she isn’t all that normal and her town isn’t either.

First impressions: I felt as though the beginning read more like a contemporary novel with the main character attending her local high school where everyone knows everyone. Not much happened early on.

Characters: Maya, the protagonist, is flawed but likeable. She is trying to figure out her own background and history while dealing with the weird things happening in the present moment. I could not for the life of me picture how anyone looked like. I wanted more character development overall, so I could get to know everyone a bit better.


“But I don’t want to see you beating yourself up every time you make a mistake.”

Writing: Armstrong really loves the word “though”. The writing is simple, easy to read. I do wish the author described people and places in greater detail, however.

Final thoughts: I hoped to have more answers by the end. Instead, I just have a ton of unanswered questions. But I think this book probably sets the stage for the sequel. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a realistic story with relatable characters and elements of the paranormal.

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Books Of The Month | April 2017

I wonder if I wrote more words or read more this month. Either way here’s how my April unfolded.

What I Finished:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

One phrase description:

It gets better.


“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

My general thoughts:

I technically finished this in March a couple days after I published my book blog post. I think that’s a testament to how much I enjoyed ACOFTAR, especially the ending. It took me a few chapters to get acquainted with the new world and characters. I’m so used to the Throne of Glass books, and so I found myself comparing this novel to her other works. Personally I like her writing. It’s descriptive enough for me to get a sense of the world but not too descriptive that I get impatient, wishing something would happen already.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

One phrase description:

It got faster.


“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”

My general thoughts:

I found it hard to get into at first. I needed some time to adjust to the world and all the characters. But the story picked up its pace. I was a bit confused at the beginning. Thankfully things made more sense as the novel went on.

Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

One phrase description:

It got crazier.


“At some point you have to live your life the way you want to.”

My general thoughts:

I had a great time with this novel. I didn’t see many of the twists and turns coming. It had a good amount of action, mystery, and suspsense. I liked that the main character, Web, has many issues. He works through some of them throughout the novel. It made for a more realistic story.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Symbol of Treason by Natalya Orekhov

First impressions:

Aside from some formatting and grammatical errors, the writing isn’t that bad. Most of the characters seem to have their demons and a less than ideal past. It’d be interesting to see how they deal with their problems.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong


I had the hardest time deciding what to read next. I’m going with this one because why not. 

Next month I hope to start reviewing books individually. I’m announcing this on here because online accountability has worked in the past. Don’t fail me in the future.

Happy reading in May!

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