It’s not every day two hang-on-to-your-YA-hat books are released exactly one week apart.
I’m talking Cassandra Clare‘s City of Fallen Angels (released April 5), of course, AND The Gathering (out today April 12), the first book in well-loved supernatural author Kelley Armstrong‘s newest YA series, Darkness Rising.
Armstrong, the author of the adult The Otherworld Series, successfully moved to the YA genre with the fabulous trilogy Darkest Powers, made up of The Summoning, The Awakening and The Reckoning.
In that series we met Chloe Saunders, a teen who can see, speak to and control ghosts. Chloe, along with her supernatural friends (a witch, warlock and werewolf), eventually find out they’ve been genetically mutated to have more of the positive aspects of their power, and less of the negative aspects. This means they are extremely powerful, and dangerous, at a young age. Chloe hopes to bring down the group responsible for the genetic mutation and learn to effectively control her powers.
In The Gathering, Armstrong has promised a new set of teens who may have been genetically altered by the Edison Group. Check out the official synopsis below:
Strange things are happening in Maya’s tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya’s home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.
It doesn’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.
And the official book trailer: