Posts Tagged ‘The Gathering’

Take a gander at the cover of Becca Fitzpatrick's Silence, out Oct. 4!

Dearest readers, life has been crazy lately. And I do mean seriously crazy. Before I give you my tidbits (isn’t that a fun word?) I’ll give you a very brief list of my most-recent woes.

In the past month, I’ve sprained my ankle, contracted a modern form of the plague, made jewelry nonstop for an anime convention, planned my best friend’s bacherlorette party and just when I thought it was over my dad had heart bypass surgery this week. (He’s doing great.)

I apologize for temporarily abandoning you, but I think things are slowing down now so I’ll work hard to continue being your YA lit resource.

Now for the tidbits:

1. Read Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels. The story didn’t really grab me until around the middle and in the meantime, I was dealing with Magnus’ absence (I LOVE Magnus) and Jace’s identity crisis/weird dreams/whining. Bring on the cocky Jace for the next one, Cassie! What did you think?

2. Read Kelley Armstrong’s The Gathering. Again, not as impressed by this one as I was by The Summoning, which was creepy, scary and wonderful. The Gathering had an interesting story, but it was pretty obvious what was going on for most of the book. The ending was a bit anticlimatic as well. Again, I want to know your thoughts…what did you think? Was it as good as the Darkest Powers series?

3. I’m in love with the recently-revealed cover for Silence, the third and final book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series. I’m a Patch fan, and while the second book gave me too much of Nora’s ridiculousness without enough of Patch’s more reasonable self, Crescendo ended with a bang and I’m dying to read Silence. How did Crescendo strike you?


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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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You can buy this lovely hat inspired by Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Power series (Derek Souza Werewolf hat) at my sister's deviantART page, http://randy-giles.deviantart.com/

Something my dear readers may not know about me: I have a lot of cat hats. A LOT. Said hats are made of fleece, have cat ears, and are inspired by certain things.

For instance: Damon Salvatore, Princess Peach and…err…cupcakes.

They are adorable and VERY warm when it’s cold outside.

Anyway. My very talented sister (who made the above hats) has recently caught the Kelley Armstrong and Darkest Powers bug.

(Yes! For the first time ever, after YEARS of making hats, Miranda has made her first hat inspired by YA literature. YA taking over the world, one person at a time.)

Miranda has created a black wolf-ears hat inspired by Derek Souza, a teen hottie who turns into a black werewolf. His vivid green eyes remain while in wolf form (and are depicted on the hat).

You can check out Miranda’s Derek Souza hat along with her other creations at http://randy-giles.deviantart.com/.

BTW, the story of Darkest Powers continues in Armstrong’s new YA paranormal series, Darkness Rising. The first book in the series, The Gathering, will be out April 12. (YESSSS!)

I begged and begged for this sweet Princess Peach hat made by Miranda. It's amazing and features the jewel on Peach's dress. AAAND that's my cubicle at work. : )

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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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