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The Gathering ~ Book Review

Book title: The Gathering (Book #1 The Uprising Series)
Author: Bernadette Giacomazzo
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult

Long live the uprising. Long live New York City.


Why I chose this?

I requested this as an ARC from Rachel’s Random resources after reading the synopsis. I’m glad I did.



The Gathering (The Uprising, #1)

The 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.


Author Bio

The Gathering Author[1416]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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img_2373-2What I thought

First as a disclaimer people who don’t like swearing this book isn’t for you. There is really strong language from the get go with our intro of Jamie and his band. Talks of sex, drugs and Rock and roll. This first chapter is set 20 years in the past and it seems very much like the rock and roll scene I would imagine.

The Emperor is typical dictator. It’s his way or the highway and hates colour and music and anything that gives people some form of personality. He’s married to a woman he doesn’t like purely for image and has changed the woman to suit his requirements. Evanora is the daughter of the bassist in Jamie’s band who hates seeing her mum here no lease of life thanks to her stepfather the emperor.

Different style of writing than I’m used to. I’ve read a lot of YA books of late yet none of them have had the same level of language used as there is in this book. I swear regularly but this is a whole different level. I don’t mind it but it just wasn’t expected. I love the way the author describes the New New York. I’ve never been but I can almost picture the scene. This certainly was a unique book and takes us away from the usual YA style writing that I’m used to but it was quite refreshing to get this new take on it. I think Giacomazzo has done well and I really enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind reading more from her.


Star Rating

I’ve decided to give The Gathering



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