Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Reckoning 
Series: The Darkest Powers
Book #: Three
Author: Kelley Armstrong 
Pages: 320
Published: 2010
Reading Level: Young Adult

What if you could see dead people? And they could see you?

Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. 

Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.

Amber's thoughts:
I can honestly say that I loved this book. Everything about it was perfect. The characters, the plot, the pacing, everything. I was hoping for a grand finale at the end of this series, and I got it. I was a little worried that the book wouldn't live up to my expectations and all the hype. I shouldn't have worried. 
I couldn't have asked for a better ending. 

Kelley Armstrong is such a talented writer. I devoured the book, hanging on her every word. I was desperate to find out what happens next, but I was also reluctant to finish this amazing series. I have to admit, the plot threw me for a loop. I had no idea who to trust, and it seems that behind each mystery there is another secret that Chloe must deal with. 

Chloe is such a wonderful female protagonist. In the first book, she is a jumpy and somewhat meek little girl who can barely deal with her own insecurities. It was fascinating to watch her mature into a strong, determined young woman. Realistic and admirable, Chloe is everything that I look for in a female character. 

Oh, the romance.... *stares off into space.* Sorry. I was just thinking about how much I loved reading about Chloe's love life. In the first two books, Chloe is a little too preoccupied with her own survival to worry about her relationships. In this book, things finally heat up. I won't ruin anything, but I will say that I'm very happy with how everything works out. There were so many parts that had me melting inside. 

I know that Armstrong plans to write more books in this series, but with different characters. Still, I can't help but hope that we'll see more of Derek, Simon, Tori, Chloe and Liz. A few ends were left untied, and I don't know if I can  go without knowing how some things work out. 

This was a rather long review. I usually try to keep my reviews shorter, but I just had so much to say about this phenomenal novel. I'll end with this: you absolutely must look into this series. Trust me, you won't regret it.


Unknown said...

argh! I love this series! Im still waiting for my copy of this book =P

Great review!

The Library Lurker said...

I'm glad that you liked it so much! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Great review!

Nise' said...

Great review. I have wanted to read this series for awhile now.

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