Title: The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Published: April 12th 2011 by Harper (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.
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."
Thoughts: Ya know, I absolutely love Kelley's writing. I love how she not only creates this new world, but also mixes in pieces of the Otherworlds and Darkest Powers series. They're a little subtle, but if you've read her other books, you'll catch them.
Being the first book in the new Darkness Rising series, there's a lot of background information. There's character building, setting establishment, and also the added mystery of what Maya is. Don't worry, there's still a handful of action and romance. Just keep in mind that with world building comes slow pacing. Kelley writes with a lot of details, so if you're 100 pages in, wondering why nothing has happened yet, just keep reading. It'll be worth it!
Though I must admit, I enjoyed The Darkest Powers more, I still adored this book. It definitely has the potential of being something amazing and grand.