September 27, 2011

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

read first TEN chapters here
Series: Darkest Powers Trilogy 3
Format: Hardback
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon

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.

Chloe Saunders rebellion against the Edison Group concludes in The Reckoning.

Chloe and her ragtag group of defectors found refuge with Andrew, a former Edison Group employee and the Bae's family friend. Here they get more information and training on how to use their supernatural powers.

But it seems that peace is far off into the horizon because once again they are being pursued by mercenary werewolves out to capture Derek and it appears that the people behind it are Andrew's team.

Turns out Kit Bae, Simon and Derek's father, is still alive and was being misled by Andrew. On top of that, Chloe's powers are growing and inasmuch as she can harness it for good, she's also a shining beacon to unmentionables such as demons and other malicious spirits. In the end, the reckoning between the groups happen and though they managed to stop Dr. Davidoff and company, their trials are far from over. They are far from normal teenagers and through this very trying time in their lives they've opened doors and exposed themselves to other supernatural groups that may or may not go after them in the future.

This trilogy took me by surprise and I never expected that I will thoroughly enjoy it. Til the end the pace of the story was consistent and though it's dark, the characters did not wallow, they fought for survival and what's right. Chloe, though hesitant and frail, did not succumb to her weaknesses; Derek remained loyal and the protector, never wavering in his mission to keep them from harm; Tori who at first appear to be the bad girl finally found the courage to fight her own battles and accept herself even if it meant going against her controlling mother; Simon, the sorcerer remained in the shadows.

Simon's character didn't really shine in the series, being a sorcerer he could've been more than Derek's brother, instead he just got lost in the background. Aside from this, Chloe's necklace, which is the focal point on all the book covers, wasn't really explained aside from it is a talisman that will protect her. I'm kept wondering why the color changes and what are the implications of said change? Where did the talisman come from? Will my questions be answered in Darkness Rising?

This trilogy and this book never relented on scaring me. The parts where she was unconsciously raising the dead while sleeping is creepy especially during her necromancy practice in the cemetery. Yup, not the perfect venue for a powerful romancer of the dead. She had a Ghost Whisperer moment when the dead started asking her for favors so they can move on and that was sort of a wake up call for her that even if she can control her powers, her conscience would demand that she makes use of her "gift" for something good.

My favorite part was when amidst her practice session in the graveyard, there was a burial about to take place and the guy to be interred started moaning and knocking from inside the coffin which scared the pallbearers and the mourners, dropping the casket, displaying his twitching hands. Can you imagine witnessing that ruckus?

But the scariest part for me was when she was possessed by the spirit of the Edison Group founder, Dr. Banks, and for a moment there I thought Chloe will become the target.

I highly recommend that you read the series. Like what I mentioned in our Facebook page yesterday, if you love YA books but hate whiney teenagers and their passive-aggressive behavior, angsty and sarcastic talk backs and all that emo lingering feelings, then this series if for you. Kelley Armstrong wants NONE of that and just writes about teenagers who though special, were raised right by their parents.


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