Reckoning (Strange Angels # 5) -Lili St. Crow

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        This is it.

 Sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson has faced down suckers, zombies, and wulfen without flinching. And now that she’s bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha, she doesn’t even need a gun. But the Real World is still a frightening place…And things are about to get ugly. Really ugly.

Dru Anderson has escaped with her life, but she’s not out of the woods yet. She’s on the lam in a stolen car with her best friend Graves riding shotgun and a Broken wulf named Ash curled up in the backseat. Desperate, Dru heads deep into the Appalachian Mountains to the one place she thinks they’ll be safe. But her grandmother’s wards and enchantments can’t keep Dru’s scent from the suckers for long-especially when Dru is betrayed by the one person she trusts most.

It’s all come down to this.

ONE battle. ONE choice. ONE final sacrifice.

In this final installment of the captivating Strange Angels series, Dru Anderson is no longer the timid, frightened girl she once was. Now she has bloomed, and she is fighting back. Follow Dru, Graves and Ash as they trek across the country to defeat the King of the vampires, Sergej.

When I first started reading Reckoning, I considered it to be a bit slow. It took me approximately 60 pages to get over my boredom. After that, though, things really started to pick up. The action that filled the pages of the previous books in the series had finally arrived.

One thing I really loved about this book was the characters. Each character had a strong personality, and they stayed true to themselves throughout the whole series. One complaint of mine, though, was that of Dru’s character. During this last book, Dru seemed to be more vicious and hostile. It was a bit overwhelming to read about such a character throughout an entire novel, especially when they are the voice of the story.

Although I love the Strange Angels series, and thoroughly enjoyed Reckoning, I encountered a lot of problems. I mentioned above that the book was slow going and the trouble of Dru’s hostile personality. Towards the end of the book, I found that it became really hard to concentrate. I would have to reread whole paragraphs just to retain the description. It also became very difficult for me to place myself into the story. Instead of running along side Dru, I felt as if I was miles away. I also was very disappointed with the ending of the story. Lili St. Crow introduced new characters and a new plot line. However, Reckoning is the end of the Strange Angels series. Why would new characters and a new plot be introduced if it is the end? Both the new characters and the plot surround Dru, so the idea of a spin off would make no sense. Obvious to say, I was a bit confused.

The ending of Reckoning upset me so much that I just wanted to have a do over and forgo the entire series. As most of you know, the two love interests in the story, Christophe and Graves, played important roles throughout the whole series. While everyone has different opinions on who Dru should be with, I highly disagreed with St. Crow’s decision. There were just so many twists and turns that I did not know what to do with myself. By the time the ending came, I just gave up.

While I do have a lot of negative things to say about this book, I do not want people to think that I hated it. In fact, there were quite a few moments that I enjoyed. Lili St. Crow is known for her darker, adult novels, and I think that that just leaked into this final installment of the Strange Angels series. I do hope that Lili St. Crow reconsiders ending this series, as I believe she can take it much further. I have not been this confused about a series since Kelley Armstrong ended the Darkest Powers series, and I know that there has been a lot of unanswered questions in both series.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting book. I do feel as if parts of the book were rushed, but others were well played out and enjoyable. Again, I am slightly confused on the ending of the book, and I really hope that it will eventually be clarified. I think that fans of the Strange Angels series will be slightly disappointed, but they will still come away feelings satisfied. In the end, though, I do have to recommend this book, as the rest of the series is simply amazing.

 

Pages: 307

Publication Date: November, 2011

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: [rating: 3]

 

Teaser Quote: “Some part of me must’ve thought that would fix everything. Things, don’t just get fixed, though. Things get broken, and sometimes they stay that way. You just have to glue them together and hope it holds.”