Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 391.
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.
I’m still a little indecisive about The Reckoning. It started off very slow for me, almost to the point where I didn’t become excited at the idea of picking it up anymore. But towards the middle, when the action started, I was instantly hooked again.

A lot more is revealed about the characters this time. Tori has surprising connections to someone in the gang, there are betrayals that you wouldn’t see coming and Chloe learns a lot more about her ability to speak to and raise the dead. I think Armstrong did a fantastic job at building the intensity (especially between Derek and Chloe) but somewhere near the end, it just kind of fell flat for me.

The book ended and I literally sat there gaping. I loved the scene that it ended on (*squeal*), I just don’t think it was the right scene to close it. Nothing seemed to close. Instead of answering questions that were still there from the first book, it just kind of left us hanging, as if there’ll be a fourth book. I know that a new series that takes place in the world of Darkest Powers is coming out, but I was disappointed that I wouldn’t get closure on these characters and these stories.

Overall, it had its ups and downs, but The Reckoning was my least favorite of the series. While I very much enjoyed the new developments in Chloe an Derek’s relationship, the rest of the book lacked enough answers and information for me to really appreciate the ending. Regardless, it was a good book and if you’re a fan of the first two, it’s basically a necessity for you to check this one out!

13 comments:

  1. I actually got this in the mail for review from the publisher and I've really wanted to read it. Only problem is that I haven't read the other two -___- I'm trying to find out if your post has any spoilers so that I can read it lol =D

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  2. Okay, so I read, sorry for the double post. But I thought I saw somewhere that there is a fourth book coming out called The Gathering. Hmm gotta check on that again lol

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  3. Nope, this review is spoiler free! If I had added spoilers, I would've wrote it at the top in big, red letters.

    And there is a book called The Gathering coming out. It's set in the same world of this series, but it has an entirely new cast of characters. So it's not really a fourth book to this series. The Reckoning was the last.

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  4. Aww, I actually thought this book was the best out of the trilogy! Loved the relationship that developed between Chloe and Derek and the open-ended way the story closed with the last scene. I'm looking forward to learning more about the other teen supes in the Darkness Rising series! :)

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  5. Chloe plus Derek foreva!! That said, I still need to read The Reckoning!

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  6. I STILL haven't read this one, but your talk of Chloe and Derek makes me want to pick it up immediately. I feel like I should go back and read the first two though...

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  7. Favorite was The Reckoning/The Summoning least favorite the awakening. I heard the author will have her next series cross with this series at some point. I don't know if that true, but I hope so because I felt this novel didn't really end the series. Great review XD

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  8. I loved this series a lot. I get what you mean about the ending because really there's still so much more that could be done. But I liked that Kelley left it open like that. I think it would have been impossible to wrap up everything in the end seeing as so much had happened. Maybe she'll write more eventually? *fingers crossed* ;)

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  9. Yeah, I've been hearing a lot of people say that this book didn't end well for them. Maybe this will make some of you feel better: http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=130;t=29132;

    It comes from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld forum and she explains her decision from ending The Darkest Powers trilogy the way she did. :-)

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  10. i hated the ending. never answered anything and ended to soon. not enough closer.

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  11. The Gathering is about different people, but eventually the characters from The Reckoning meet up with the character from The Gathering.

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  12. Is there a 4 book

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  13. This was an epic conclusion in the Darkest Power series! Kelley Armstrong did a wonderful job with the characters! It kept me on the edge:) If you enjoy action and romance this is a book for you. She executed the plot perfectly! I recommend this book to any teen who is looking for a book to really get into! This was a great book i hope this persuades you to read the Darkest Power series by Kelley Armstrong!:)

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