Hello Bookworms! I am part of a blog blitz for The Gathering, which is book one in a new series called The Uprising. It’s a NA Dystopian book set in the not to distance future.

The Gathering Book Review
I have read The Gathering and will be sharing my thoughts with you today. But first here’s a bit of information about the book.

Title: The Gathering

Author: Bernadette R. Giacomazzo

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Author Bio: With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.

Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018

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SynopsisThe Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

 Pages: 148

Categories: Sci-Fi, Dystopian,

Publication Date: 31st March 2018

Rating: 3/5

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Content Warnings: There are a few things I want to mention for The Gathering, there is explicit & offensive language and a lot of it. There is also a lot of violence and an on page rape scene. Whilst the excessive language did fit in with Jamie’s character, there were parts of The Gathering which did feel a little too graphic, including the rape scene and the rest of Tommy’s description of Spike’s treatment at the hands of The Cabal. If you like the sound of The Gathering but are worried then drop me a message and I will give you some more info.

Review: I am reading a couple of dystopian novels recently and it’s been a great change over from the fantasy I have been reading. It’s nice to have a change.

The Gathering is the first in a series of books, and it sets the groundwork for later in the series. The action takes place over a relatively short space of time, but there are lots of flashbacks and memories woven in to the story. There are several different points of view in the novel, and I think this works really to keep the pace of the novel flowing.

I did find the psi element to be really interesting, however I can’t help but feel it went underused in the book, I am hoping to see that there is more development of The Cabal as police force which can wield psychic powers. I would also like to have found out some more of Jamie’s time in The Cabal as I think this would have added more depth to the story.

There were several characters which I found interesting, including Evanora and I can’t wait to read more about her in the later books. I found the chapters from Evanora’s viewpoint to be the easiest to read and without as much of the explicit language that Jamie’s chapters contained. Although I can see that this excessive language was part of his character there were times when it all felt a bit much.

All in all I thought that The Gathering was an enjoyable read and the idea has a lot of potential. I am interested to see what happens next.

You can find Bernadette over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And if you like the sound of The Gathering then it’s available on Instagram and as part of the Kindle Unlimited Subscription if you have one.  If you like keeping track of your books online, you can also add it to Instagram too.

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