Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

This is the last book in the Darkest Powers series. If you have not read the first two books, The Awakening and The Summoning, then this will definitely have spoilers for those books.

Chloe immediately wakes up in the house of the Edison resistance group to a half-demon poltergeist who almost kills her. She knows he must be part of the Edison group's experiments but he refuses to talk to her about that. Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori have bigger problems though. Trying to convince the resistance group to move quickly against the Edison group, is not working and Chloe worries for her aunt's and Rachelle's safety. Chloe is struggling with understanding her feelings for both Simon and Derek and finds herself caught between the two boys. Chloe is also trying to learn more about her necromancer powers without creating an army of the undead. This proves difficult when she almost wakes up an entire cemetery. Her strong powers also create doubt with the resistance group and could put her in even more danger. Can the group be trusted and who is the true enemy? The supernatural kids are not for sure who to trust, but they are willing to rely on each other to save Rachelle and Aunt Lauren.

I thought this was a great end to the series. It is full of action and suspense and just a little romance. I really couldn't decide who I wanted her to end up with, but I think she made the right choice. I hope that Armstrong revisits these characters someday, but there is a clear ending to their story in this book.

Favorite Character: Chloe. She finally embraces her powers and remains strong. She does depend on Derek quite a bit, but she is also his support as well as Tori's in the end. She accepts that her life will never be the same, but she does not give in to despair. She still has her nice personality, but now with a little more edge.

Favorite Quote: "You aren't like her. She sees that now, what you are, what you can do, and it scares her. Scares and disgusts."

I really enjoyed this series. People kept talking about how good it was, but I was still surprised about how well I liked it. There is so much suspense and action that all three books were hard to put down. Definitely a 5 cups of cocoa book for me!

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