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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (23,572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelley Armstrong Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Darkness Rising Trilogy Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780062036520
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A strong start to a promising trilogy.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Comfortably mixing science, myth, and mystery, Armstrong creates a vivid world highlighted by appealing characters. Fans and newcomers alike will be eager for more after Armstrong’s story drives to its pulse-pounding climax.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Armstrong begins her new series with a swift-paced start, creating memorable characters and interesting premises.” 

    Booklist

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2012 White Pine Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Thompson | 2/9/2014

    " Read this because it was one of the Ontario Library Association's 2012's White Pine Award nominees for best youth fiction for the year. (I am a high school librarian). I was very pleasantly surprised. Maya is a strong female protagonist. She has a strong sense of identity and does need to deny herself to fit in. She is happy with who she is. I appreciated the humour, especially when dealing with her dad (and family dynamics). I would highly recommend it. I look forward to reading the next one in the trilogy. I will even try some of Armstrong's other books, though I've had no desire to do so in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dre Mitch | 2/4/2014

    " If you are going to read this one, have the second one on hand. I don't and I am having serious problems, I finished it in a day and I need to read the next one but it is Sunday :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie321 | 1/27/2014

    " im not good at this all i can say its those kind of endings that leave u guessing and the book mad awesome read it n 2 dayz!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris Page | 1/26/2014

    " Cant wait till the next one!!! it left me hanging I hate that makes me wish my days away.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Kibbe | 1/24/2014

    " absolutely loved this book!! i am anxiously waiting for the next one to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story! But that ending? What a cliff hanger! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/22/2014

    " I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK. I found it to be poorly written, and similar to her darkest powers trilogy. I eagerly picked this book up and read it, assuming it would be as good as the darkest powers trilogy, but found myself to be sadly mistaken. Imagine the exact same plot as the darkest powers trilogy but replaced with different characters and different abilities. After reading this book I did not even bother reading the next one the writing was so terrible. This is what I would call a MUST NOT READ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernice cameron | 1/20/2014

    " this book was good and i think she will fall in love with both guys but hope she picks dan i just cant waite for the sec book and i hope the other ones are in it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie Duckworth | 1/19/2014

    " Great story but I found myself looking for the next chapter, it just ended with no conclusion at all, not a great cliff hanger ending. But that said, I look forward the seeing what happens next !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 1/17/2014

    " Can't wait to read the 2nd book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Appiah-kubi | 1/10/2014

    " Really good book it was a new take on the whole werewolves idea and intresting makes mr want to read the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 12/12/2013

    " I love all of Kelley Armstrong books. I haven't found one yet that was superb, this one is certainly right up there too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/29/2013

    " Great book and I couldn't put it tomorrow. Tomorrow we get book two!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/24/2013

    " It was interesting enough for me to keep reading it. The story was unusual and eventful. Although i don't dig Rafe and Maya's relationship, I prefer Daniel. The story have so many mysteries to solve and in the end, only some of it was answered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 10/25/2013

    " I really enjoy Kelley Armstrong. Her books are so entertaining, but the Young Adult books are great stories and clean. This one is no exception. If you enjoy Mercy Thompson you will like these. Pick it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 9/23/2013

    " work and life got in the way which meant it took longer than usual to read this. Not of the same calibre as the otherworld series e.g. Bitten, Stolen. But still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Fau | 6/10/2013

    " Right up my street! Go Maya! Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/26/2013

    " Finally something different from the usual vampire and werewolves stuff love the plot and the characters r awesome! Wish there was more of a story about the characters but I guess we will know more in the second book I guess :) but yeah really enjoyed it :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia Calzolari | 4/5/2013

    " I really loved the Darkest Power series by K. Armstrong, but, even if this new story is very interesting, very nice the location and the little "wired" town, I was'nt able to love any of the characters of this new series...I did'nt like Maya very much...not much as I liked the mountain lions... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 10/2/2012

    " I loved it and I can't wait to read the next one in the series, er tht is if I can find it. (and I don't know the title too XD) but anyways, I couldn't put it down! So good and AMAZING!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 8/14/2012

    " Loved this book!!!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 7/22/2012

    " I loved it!! Can't wait to read the next one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 6/10/2012

    " I really loved The Gathering. The characters are great, the writing style makes it impossible to put the book down and I am intrigued by the references to Armstrongs Darkest Powers trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josephine Hawkins | 2/18/2012

    " I enjoyed this fast-paced story, especially all the Canadiana thrown in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nolena | 2/3/2012

    " So good just like her other trilogy. Bring on the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 5/23/2011

    " I loved The Darkest Powers series, and so far i like this one also...i cant wait to see where it goes. Im still pretty confusled but it has a lot of promise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzie | 5/22/2011

    " Can't wait for the secound one! I really love all of Kelley Armstrong's books. I especially like these charatures. Rafe. Maya. Daniel. Absoulutely reconmend this author's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebony | 5/20/2011

    " THe ending was a little weird. However, I really liked it. I can't wait for the next one. Ms. Armstrong now has a new fan. It was very simple writing but good writing. The plot was also nice. Overall a 4.5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanmont | 5/20/2011

    " Finished this book in a day and a half around show calls and a theatre design. Phew! Ends in a cliffhanger and I just can't wait to know more. Characters are fun and interesting. Will forward on to the nieces and see what they think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 5/19/2011

    " The first of what appears to another great Armstrong series. Set in Canada in a small, private research town, strange things are happening to the teenagers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/18/2011

    " It was excellent! When i first started reading i it i knew it was going to be one of the greatest books I've ever read and i was right it was a great addition to my collection!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/17/2011

    " It was good yet not one of my favorites... But it was worth my time and im still thinking about reading the summoning by her but IDK "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/17/2011

    " it was a great story but hate cliffhangers... i should've waited for at least the first two were published before reading it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fairyn | 5/16/2011

    " I thought it was really good, but there are so many unsolved questions and it was disappointing that we didn't get any answers at all. I really enjoyed the setting and the character though. Looking forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhianna | 5/15/2011

    " Strictly for entertainment. Gave it a four because it wasn't in depth and 'five star books are those that can weave both and bring us face to face with the characters.' I think the title's weird because it has nothing to do with a 'gathering.' Maybe later in the series but not in the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/14/2011

    " Another interesting book by Kelley Armstrong.. Has good flow and gets addictive..
    I really like it and can't wait to read more from this series.. "

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About the Author
Author Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts, demons, and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She is the author of the Darkest Powers young adult urban fantasy trilogy, the Women of the Otherworld paranormal suspense series, and the Nadia Stafford crime series. She lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with her husband, kids, and far too many pets.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.