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The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong


Cover art: The Reckoning Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Reckoning - 3rd in the Darkest Powers Trilogy
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-166283-6
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and Up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and Up
Year/Setting: Present day, Albany, NY
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate (Fantasy/Supernatural Violence)
Kelley's Website: www.kelleyarmstrong.com

Dear Readers:

I’ve been a huge fan of this series – The Awakening and The Summoning were excellent books – and now the author has delivered a finale that not only answers our questions, offers new excitement and challenges, but also leaves a tad bit open to allow her to go back, perhaps, somewhere down the line, and create a new adventure for these supernatural young adults.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with, or haven’t yet discovered this fantastic series of books, we follow the lives of four young adults. A long time ago a group was formed called The Edison Group that did "experimental" operations that would genetically modify already supernatural beings. Chloe is our main character and she is a necromancer; she can raise people from the dead to ask them questions, aid her friends, or even put together a zombie army if she wants one. The one problem she seems to have is that other evil souls can glom on to her powers and come back, even if she doesn’t want them there, beginning a battle that could take Chloe and her friends to their graves.

Derek and Simon are half-brothers. Derek is a werewolf who is trying like heck to find a way to do the Change, but has been having a very difficult time going from human to full-blown wolf. Simon is a sorcerer; he has the powers of, say, Dumbledore, but hasn’t yet gotten a "handle" on all he can do. Last but not least is Tori; Tori is a witch with an evil mom who has tried to take out her and her friends for quite some time. Tori’s mom works for the evil Dr. Davidoff who is in charge of the Genesis Project; he’s after the four teens to bring them back into the "fold" of his evil laboratory.

In the last book, the four kids escaped and were moved into a safe house by a supposed friend who’d been a part of the wretched project in the past, but was now completely against the evil-doers in the lab. This man, Andrew, took them in to an old gothic Victorian house in upper New York State. What Chloe soon comes to realize is that there was trouble once upon a time in this house of horrors, once she "sees" the bodies of two young men – one who wants more than anything to come back to the real world with a vengeance. The time has come for the group to face all their fears and escape once and for all. Chloe must figure out if her Aunt Lauren is good or bad and save her from the lab, while also trying to figure out which one of the brothers she’s more attracted to – Simon or Derek.

This is a great ending to a wonderful teen series. The plot is extremely well thought out and fun, and the author not only gives us the supernatural world, but she also portrays family, friendship, acceptance, and first loves in every "fantastical" sense you can think of. If you haven’t read the first two…go get ‘em! If you have, go to your nearest bookstore or library and pick this final chapter up because, frankly, it’s beyond good.

Until next time, Amy

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