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Really Ravishing Review (The Reckoning)

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Review of The Reckoning, by Kelley Armstrong.
The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, Book 3)

Warning: Spoilers for The Summoning and The Awakening! The Reckoning is book three, read the other two first!

Quickie: A wonderful resolution to a fantastic, fast-paced series.

Full: Chloe can raise the dead. Along with a few other teens, she's on the run from The Edison Group- a team of scientists with supernatural abilities attempting a genetic manipulation in other (unknowing) supernaturals. The Edison Group desires to minimize the effects of supernatural's powers and help the subjects have more control over their powers. Trouble is... the experiment went wrong. Instead of minimizing the effects, they maximized them. Now The Edison Group is trying to "fix" their mistakes... with bullets if necessary.

I'm a bit sad that this was the last book in the series, but I liked the way it ended. Kelley's writing is so smooth and easy to read, it's always a pleasure to read her books, and The Reckoning was no exception. I loved the pacing of the book, and the information was never dumped on us; but revealed slowly and with care. All three books kept me turning page after page, biting my nails in anticipation. I love that!

I don't think I had any nitpicks with this book, which is surprising. (heh) The romance was so very real- I'm pretty sure at one time or another I've been in the shoes of each different character. It was completely believable and sweet, I just wanted to hug them all. Chloe does finally decide between Simon and Derek, and I was all for her choice. :) It's a little weird, because normally I can choose my "team" right off the bat, and it seems obvious who the girl will choose in the end, but not so in this series. I hadn't made my choice until about the middle of The Reckoning- probably about the same time Chloe did. I like that. It made it just that much more real to me.

One of my favorite things about this book is how you really, truly don't know who you can trust. It kept my adrenaline pumping the whole stinkin' time.

If you are one of those people who need every plot thread capped off, then you might be frustrated with The Reckoning. There were some open ends, but nothing dire. In my opinion, it ended with a satisfying amount of hope.

4 out of 5 stars.


Sandy said...

Great review ^_^. Yeah I did want to know what happened to _______ but I was happy with the ending. Maybe he/she will turn up in another book since Kelley is continuing on with the YA Otherworld world.

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