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Review: The Reckoning

By Bookaholic @BookReflections
Review: The Reckoning
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: The Darkest Power #3 (final)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 268 (Ereader)
Source: eLibrary - Overdrive
“We had one gun
, one werewolf, one poltergeist, one supercharged spell-caster, one not-so-supercharged spell-caster, and one perfectly useless necromancer, though Liz was quick to remind me that she needed me to relay her words."

My Rating: Review: The Reckoning
My Review:  It is extremely difficult to review the third book in a trilogy when you don't want to include spoilers so work with me here.
If you are interested in reading  this series, purchase the version that has all the books in one single book.  It truly reads like one single book that is broken in three portions based on a change in location.  I actually read all three in one setting (during Dewey's read-a-thon in October) and this worked really well.
In this installment, all the characters are in the picture and I was certainly loving it.  I realized after I finished the book that all the characters really grew on me and I was sad to see them go.  I especially connected with Chloe.  I realized, for the first time, that she had a back-bone and she had a nice teenage head on her shoulders.  Her struggles and decisions seemed realistic and I found myself really liking her here. I still really really loved Derek.  He isn't perfect by any means but he's just so loveable.  I just wanted to wrap him up and put him in my pocket, but I'm sure he wouldn't fit. I also ended up really liking Tori and I'm glad her consistent was consistent throughout the series.  She never changed into the "good" girl, you just kind of accepted her for who she was and appreciated what she could offer.
With the return of this amazing eclectic cast, comes a plot that is a tad disappointing.  I was interested from the beginning to the end but was dismayed to have so many unanswered questions.  It wasn't wrapped up in a bow-tie which is great.  I love that the reader knows that the crew will continue on more adventures, but I felt that the only real resolution involved the romance.  Now I don't want to be unclear here.  The conflict is wrapped up.  So there is no cliff hanger or anything.
But I wanted to know more about so many things: (1) Chloe's mom and the circumstances around her death; (2) the necklace;  (3) How Tori's parentage came about; (4) What's going to happen to Liz; (5) What are they going to do about the "traitors" (as I call them); (6) Ummm...did everyone forget that Chloe has this gift that she can't she just going to continue to sleep with one eye open or what; (7) Chloe made her special deal at the end...what's up with that.  What was that really about anyway?
Ultimately, it was a very satisfying and enjoyable read.  I truly enjoyed the book from start to finish. However, it was not a satisfying end to a series. There were too many unanswered questions.
Honestly this book deserves a "good" rating like all the others, but the series rating should be a "good" with a little asterisk after it. Note to future readers.  Ms. Armstrong owes us another book.

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