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The Gathering Darkness by [Collicutt, Lisa]
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Editorial Reviews


"I loved this story. Not only did it have witches (which is by far my fav) but this was a sweet love story as well. One about reincarnation. In fact it just might be my favorite reincarnation story I have read yet." - My Guilty Obsession.

"I haven't been addicted to a book this much since I read the Twilight books back before they had all the hype. So Twilight series aside this book was AMAZING!" - Crossroad Reviews.

"For anyone who thought Twilight was the best book they read, haven't read The Gathering Darkness. Perfect for teens, with some love and suspense. Definitely worth reading!" - Rosie Reeves

"I wanted to preview this book as a possible addition to my classroom library. I'm always looking for current novels to hook my high school readers. This is one I will be recommending to my students." - S O'Donnell

"The Gathering Darkness is an enthralling surprise, and has a storyline that's packed with mystery, suspense, magic, and a beautiful romance. I recommend The Gathering Darkness as a fantastic read!" - I Heart YA Books

About the Author

Lisa likes to write dark and twisted tales of magic and romance. She has a passion for Young Adult and New Adult Paranormal.

When she's not conjuring tales about witches, demons, and other magical beings, she can be found leathered, and bound to the back of her husband's Harley, touring her homeland of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Enter Lisa's imagination where light ends and fantasy begins. But heed these warnings . . . it's dark, it's magical, you may experience tingles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2201 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (September 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009F7K7OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By PamM on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review. Brooke is sent Deadwich from Boston cause she can't seem to stay out of trouble. Sent to live with her uncle and aunt she is feeling like her life us over. She soon begins to make some new friends including her cousin. She also has an immediate connection with a boy name Marcus. One problem with Marcus is his brother seems to think Brooke and he are a couple. Soon all her new friends begin to turn against her except Marcus. As they grow closer danger seems to be getting closer as well. Someone doesn't want them together or Brooke to live. As they begin to unravel the mystery they discover many things about their past and the witch hunting them.

Brooke is a good character. She has done wrong and been in trouble but after being down for a short while she tries to move on with her life. Even when her new friends turn on her she still moves on. Marcus is a great male character. He seem broody and dark but in truth this guy is a sweetheart. I love him and the things he does to show Brooke he cares.

The book did start a little slow at first but once it took off i was hooked. I did not want to put it down. It has witches and even some fairies in it that make it a tad different and great. The romance is so sweet and true you can't help to fall in love as the characters do. I love the plot and how smoothly it flows. Very easy to read and I really didn't want it to end. it has plenty of action so if that is something you love you will get that as well. As the characters past lives start to unravel it really makes you know more and feel more for each of the characters even the bad ones. If you are looking for a magical, true love story with lots of goodness to enchant you pick this book up.
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Synopsis: 16 year old Brooke Day has been packed her off by her parents to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin in the coastal Massachusetts town of Deadwich. Brooke likes her relatives but doesn't like living there because whenever she goes to bed, she has horrible nightmares where she's surrounded in darkness.

At her new high school, Brooke quickly garners the attention of popular twins Evan and Marcus Knight, but while Evan is charismatic and more friendly, she is immediately drawn to Marcus. In the midst of her nightmares, she hears his voice calling out and soothing her fears, but in the daytime, it is Evan who showers her with attention.

She, her cousin Sammy and the twins all work at the Ravenwyck Inn, a creepy house owned by an even creepier old woman, Maggie, who scares Brooke. Brooke can sense the evil coming off of Maggie, but no one else seems to.

Brooke's nightmares continue until she gets lost on an island during a party and falls into an abandoned well. When Marcus rescues her, she finds an amulet which makes her nightmares ease up. But while her dreams are now safe, her daytime life gets harder as suddenly her cousin and new friends turn evil under Maggie's influence and Marcus is the only one she can trust.

Brooke's and Marcus's past lives are catching up with them and they have to try and stay alive while the witches they've wronged and fought against before try to get revenge.

My Thoughts: First, I want to say that after reading 4 of Curiosity Quills Press's books, I find that I really enjoy them. Looking forward to see what else they publish! Now on to The Gathering Darkness...
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Format: Paperback
When it comes to young adult fiction, there are certain clichés that are typically found. The love triangle, the instant love, the star crossed lovers, down to the brooding love interest and the Mary Sue main character with the personality of stale moldy toast or better yet of a cockroach. And YA paranormal romances are infamous for incorporating all of these things. Together they create an abomination-and these said abominations saturate the market. They thrived best during the paranormal boom but for a while dystopian novels were the hot new thing but now they are wearing out their welcome.

The Gathering Darkness used some of the clichés that were mentioned above but unlike many other novels, an attempt was made to turn the clichés and use them in a way that makes sense and even be good. Whether this was a success or an epic fail will be discussed later. The reason why The Gathering Darkness was given 3 stars rather than 4 or even 5 stars is largely in part by the way I felt about the characters. In my humble opinion, the main characters themselves were meh. I didn’t hate them like Bella Swan from Twilight or Lucinda Price from Fallen.

On the other hand, I really didn’t love them either. They just didn’t have enough of a presence to stand out and be memorable. I forgot the name of the main character Brooke, which is never a good thing. There were some cheesy aspects to it such as the “Day” and “Knight” along with the star crossed lovers to name a few. Yet despite these things, there was a great deal of brilliance in The Gathering Darkness.

There were creepy moments that were described beautifully and it never seemed forced or over the top. When it comes to paranormal romances, there isn’t any fight scenes.
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