Monday, October 20, 2014

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

This is the first book in the Darkness Rising series. Maya lives in a small town on Vancouver Island, BC. Her best friend Serena drowned last year. She and her other BF Daniel, have not gotten over it yet. She has an affinity for animals, especially cougars. She can heal hurt animals too. A couple of times she has had visions while touching a marten. What is happening?
Maya has a paw print shaped birthmark. She wants to tattoo it for her 16th birthday. Her mom takes her to a tattoo shop but she has a run-in with the artist's aunt. She tells Maya that she is a witch. What?? Rafe, a new boy at school, starts coming around Maya. She lets her guard down and starts to like him. But he has a secret to tell her. Will she like it?
Their town was built around a secret research facility. A woman comes to town and starts nosing around the teens.  Maya and Daniel find the body of this woman. they thought she could help them find out something Serena's death.
Now the town seems to be in danger, but from whom??

From the author:
Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can’t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students–for every grade from kindergarten to twelve.
Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya’s determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya’s home, and they won’t go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts experiencing “bad vibes” about certain people and things. It does’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 anatomy: Her paw-print birthmark.

To read an excerpt, click here.

Pages: 359
Published: 2011

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