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☆★ ARC REVIEW ★☆ THE GATHERING (IVY BLACKWOOD CHRONICLES #1) BY L.A. FIORE

7 October 2018

TITLE: The Gathering 
SERIES: Ivy Blackwood Chronicles #1
AUTHOR: L.A. Fiore
GENRE: 
PUBLICATION: October 12th, 2018
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.


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THE GATHERING: 
Is the first full length paranormal novel in L.A. Fiore’s ‘Ivy Black Chronicles #1’ series. 

This review is going to be all over the place and I apologize for that, it's also going to be as spoiler free as I can make it. 

For me it probably wasn't a good idea going into this blind, only signing up for it 
1: because I loved the cover and 
2: because I’ve loved previous works by this author. 
But then to start reading it and having to ask another fellow blogger what genre I was reading and then getting told it was Paranormal 🤦‍♀️which is sort of new to me, I’ve only got a few of this genre under my belt so to speak so I was skeptical going into this. 

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And that synopsis gives NOTHING away!! 
I’m not going to lie, this did take me a wee bit to get into, and I wasn't even sure if I wanted to carry on, it was hard keeping up with all the different characters that made their appearance in this book. BUT once I progressed further into this I found myself unable to put it down. I even found myself falling in love with this book, and NOTHING could drag me away from it!!

But onto the book: In New Orleans during the Mardi Gras there’s a run down mansion that is believed to be haunted, the type of myth dares are centered on, enter at your own risk, but people that enter never make it out alive. But nothing is what it seems. Something evil walks amongst the residents. 

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But what shines through all the mayhem, chaos, blood and murder, is Ivy and Bain's story, theirs is a romance that transcends time.

Reading this was like playing scrabble, trying to make sense of the words that were in front of me, chapter by chapter something new and unnatural happens, a cross between the XFiles, paranormal vs supernatural, the time and effort that went into this book was pure genius, and the thought process that’s gone into this book by this author is astounding. Even though this is an unedited arc copy the formatting is gorgeous, each chapter has an image that is eye catching and suits this book perfectly. 

So be like me, go in blind, go in thinking your going to be reading a romance novel and come out at the end of this book a true fan, highly recommend. 

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