"A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.
Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.
Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.
But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions."
The Gathering Dark tells the story of dark forces battling the forces of the light.
Kiera was for the most part, a good protag. I did not 'love' her relationship with Walker because even though she constantly said that she did not want a boyfriend and did not need anyone, Walker was still there for her and protecting her and she let him. I didn't care for that bit of her personality, but other then that, she provided me with a character who had a good sense of self. Kiera knew what she wanted in life and knew what she stood for and she wasn't (mostly) going to let anyone get in her way.
The use of music in the story was a very big surprise and since it's sorta spoiling I don't want to get into details. Just know that music plays a key role, like a character itself. I did appreciate though, that Johnson did seem to know what she was talking about in regards to the musical element of the novel. It truly did add to the experience as a whole.
The character development was great and the author fleshed out believable people that had their own personalities and you could figure who they were through their own dialogue.
While the writing was pretty good and moved at a nice flow, the first half of the book was a lot of build-up leading to drama, fantastical and the creepy second half. That was my only qualm - that it took many pages for the hallucinations to have real prominence and for the plot to start.
Overall, The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson was a great book, that while slow at times, is well worth the push in order to get to the fantastical and plot driven second half that will leave you wanting the sequel!
Are you gonna read it??
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