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The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, Bk 3)
The Reckoning - Darkest Powers, Bk 3
Author: Kelley Armstrong
My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal. But normal is one thing I'm not. For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother -- who just happens to be a sorcerer -- but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf. Not normal. My friends ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061450563
ISBN-10: 0061450561
Publication Date: 4/1/2011
Pages: 416
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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"I was disappointed. There were way too many unanswered questions for this to be the conclusion of a trilogy, and too much was left unfinished. I understand more books will be written, but packaging these as a trilogy seems like pure set up. If I read a trilogy, I want an ending, or at least enough of one to feel like I finished a complete story. The Reckoning ended and all I could think of was how nothing was really explained yet and no one was really out of the woods. But apparently we know enough to move on to someone completely new.
The way the Darkest Powers trilogy ties into the Women of the Otherword is extremely distant, and while you are given tantalizing peeks, the "good guys" from the other series never make an apperance. The four main characters are still left without mentors, Chloe's necklace is not explained, and the last few paragraphs made me almost want to barf - excuse me, but on the run, hunted by all sorts of different groups, and the author leaves you with a romance novel ending? Someone has been reading too much Twilight. Don't get me wrong - I loved Twilight, but for other reasons. I have always really liked Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld because, while they all (well, most) have romance, the endings are more than just the main character swooning. Armstrong certainly did make a stronger, more interesting character than, say, Bella or a romance novel heroine, but to end the way the Trilogy did seemed like a cop out, and not even good set up for the next series.
Give me magic, give me plots, and give me some teenage romance. But make the plots and betrayals and the magic be more important.
Anyway. I will keep reading whatever she writes about the Otherworld. I love her writing, I love her magic, and I love her characters. I just hope the future "trilogies" actually wrap up stories more than this one did."
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THE RECKONING takes up right where THE AWAKENING left off.

Derek, Simon, Chloe, and Tori are temporarily safe from the Edison group. They are with Andrew, who is a friend of Simon and Derek's dad, the man they were told to go to if they were ever in any trouble. They are just starting to settle in, and Derek is so very close to changing for the first time that just about anything could set him off. After being under so much stress, is it any wonder when the teens start to second guess each other?

The relationships between the four continues to develop. Chloe finds herself developing feelings for one of the boys. More secrets continue to crop up as they learn about the experiments that the Edison group conducted. Alliances are tested and what they thought they knew no longer seems true. Do they continue to trust others, or do they begin to trust in each other to see it through to the end?

This was a very exciting conclusion to the DARKEST POWERS trilogy, and fans of Kelley Armstrong won't be disappointed. With a fast-paced and elaborate plot, I was kept glued to the edge of my seat until the very end. Her characters are not the candy-coated teens that many might expect in a young adult book, but young people with wants who are willing to fight to get what they need.

With amazing action, suspense, and wonderful characters, I was sorry that this is the end of the series. Ms. Armstrong has such strong writing skills that it makes her books a definite auto-buy for me.

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