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The Gathering hits bookshelves today, April 12. What do you think of the cover? How does it compare to the Darkest Powers covers?

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:


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Win an ARC of Kelley Armstrong's The Gathering, the first book in the followup series to the fantastic Darkest Powers!

Take a deep breath, dear reader.

Did you do it? Yes? Good.

Thanks to my semi-charmed life and the kindness of Kelley Armstrong, you can win an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of The Gathering MONTHS before its release April 11, 2011.

I’m getting a little worked up myself.

The Gathering is the first novel in Armstrong’s new trilogy, Darkness Rising, set in the same universe as the sometimes chilling, yet fascinating, Darkest Powers series.

To enter:

• Leave a comment on this post. (Go wild on that comment, but also post your email address so Kelley Armstrong can contact you directly for shipping details.)


• Follow @ReganCoomer on twitter.
• RT this contest.
• Subscribe to this blog, “Thoughts on YA Books for the Not-So-Young Adult”

A second-place winner will receive a SIGNED bookmark from Melissa Marr, author of the Wicked Lovely series, and a postcard signed by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of “Raised by Wolves.” Winners will be chosen randomly. Contest is INTERNATIONAL.  Ends Oct. 15.

Check out the synopsis to the sure-to-be-fantastic The Gathering:

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 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.

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