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The Gathering by L.A. Fiore

This book is so different from any of L.A. Fiore’s novels and drew me in because of this very fact. If you’re a fan of L.A. Fiore then you will need to keep an open mind.

Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers.

From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

She was locked away where she couldn’t bring harm to herself or others. To all involved, they had protected the world from a monster, but sometimes things are not what they seem.

My Review

3 / 5

I’ve read a few of L.A. Fiore’s novels and I am never disappointed. I loved the front cover of the gathering and the fact that the premise is not what you would expect from Fiore. For me, I liked the idea of the book more than the book itself. I enjoyed the story but I didn’t love it.

I have rated this story as a 3 because I felt the beginning of the story was solid and had me wanting to read more but as the story progressed I found myself wanting more than I was given. I felt like the story could have gone down the psychological thriller route to begin with and I did like the fantasy aspect but for me, the ending lacked a little.

Ivy and Bain’s story is powerful and the connection between them is undeniably strong. Their love is everlasting and had me swooning at parts. I felt for Ivy and the isolated life she had grown into. She’s selfless and independent despite the hand she had been delivered.

What I loved the most was how different this is to every other book Fiore has written and for that I highly commend Fiore. As a writer myself, I don’t always envisage happy endings or taking stories where the reader might expect me to. I like the idea of writing something totally different and not necessarily what people would expect of me. This is what makes Fiore stand out as a great writer to me and even though I didn’t love this story, I will continue to read others Fiore has written. You never know what you are going to get next.

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