May 30, 2013

REVIEW: The Reckoning (The Darkest Powers Trilogy #3)

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #3), by Kelley Armstrong
Published April 6, 2010
Publisher:  Orbit
Format: audiobook - borrowed from the library
Genre:  YA paranormal
To Buy:  Amazon  * Barnes & Noble * Book Depository

Rating:  4 STARS

(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.

Little Chloe has grown up. At long last. The Reckoning finally brought all I wanted to see in the first two books in the series to light, and it made this the best book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy.

Chloe, Derek, Simon and Tori are safe at a friend's house, but are still not sure whom they can fully trust. They are put in touch with adults who can help train them up and teach them to properly use their powers. But, it's not long before the Edison Group catches back up with them and then they all have some major decisions to make.

The absolute best part of The Reckoning was seeing Chloe finally - FINALLY - grow into her powers and actually use them as a fierce weapon. She has always been so skittish and so timid. So ashamed of what she could do and so unwilling to do it. She now realizes that there are things out there worth fighting for. It's not a switch that's instantaneous. It takes her some time to work up to it. But, when it matters, she comes through, and it was so, so satisfying to finally see that from her.

The other awesome part of this book is Derek and seeing him finally realize HIS full potential too. I think that was my favorite part. It's something we've all been waiting for - the moment when Derek finally becomes a wolf - and it's pretty cool. Derek makes a pretty good teenage werewolf.

The sweet relationship that blossoms between Derek and Chloe was fun to read. Derek is so tentative with her, which is anathema to the rest of his personality. When they finally got over themselves, they were able to get into each other.

Kelley Armstrong has created an incredible world. I may not have been totally thrilled with the first two books in this series, but it had nothing to do with the writing or the world building. The powers she gave these people and the villains she created were fantastic. Her writing is wonderful and evocative. I look forward to continuing the adventure with her spinoff series, Darkness Rising.

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