Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Orbit
Paperback: 391 pages
Series Order: Book 3
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them.  
As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf... 
Definitely not normal.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

This was everything I hope for in a book that's the last of its series. I couldn't put this down at all. The beginning was a bit slow, but the characters' development and interactions kept me entertained until events started to progress.

By the end, the conflict is resolved, but it isn't wrapped up perfectly, which I really appreciated. I was afraid of an unrealistic ending (though I should have known better with Kelley Armstrong!), but that didn't happen. It ends on a positive, hopeful note, but all their problems haven't magically gone away.

The characters really grow up in this last book, which is why I loved it so much. They finally stop acting like over-emotional melodramatic teenagers and start facing their situation. Tori, especially, changed a lot. While I hated her character in the previous books, I kind of loved her by the end of The Reckoning. This book has some of the best character development in the series and I was sad to have to leave the characters just as they were starting to mature.

If you haven't started this series yet and you're a fan of young adult paranormal: start reading! You're going to love it. Kelley Armstrong has proven that she is the queen of paranormal, whether writing for adults or young adults.

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