Monday, December 20, 2010
The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong
Chloe, Simon, Derek and Tori are still on the run from the Edison group, but now they are semi safe in a safe house with Simon and Derek's father's old friend Andrew. Now, that they have escape, there new mission is to save Chloe's Aunt Lauren and Rae from the Edison group. But it is easier said than done. They can't just barge out and rescue them plus they have other issues like Derek changing, a not so friendly Poltergeist ghost, and the constant wondering if they can trust Andrew and his gang. While they wait to go out and rescue they do learn more about their powers and other stuff related to the Edison group and Supernaturals.
Sometimes I felt like the author had lack of imagination in some parts. There are parts where Chloe says they have a plan and she hopes it will work but the reader never really gets a glimpse of what actually is that plan, and then something else happens and the plan gets foiled. Or someone will go off to talk to someone else away from Chloe so we never get to know what they are talking about. And it kind of leaves you hanging. There are also parts where there will be dialogue between the characters and then it will stop and Chloe will summarize some of it and then the dialogue would begin again like the author didn't know how to proceed with it so she just summarize a part because she didn't know how to write it.
I also felt that characters changed too much in such a short time. Growing in a two weeks time period or less? I don't really like it when a trilogy is set in such a small time period but yet everyone has changed drastically. Chloe relies on Liz too much for only knowing her hardly a day before she dies.
But even with those problems, I thought there was a lot of good parts. There were a lot of small twist like who can Chloe trust? Can she trust her aunt? Can she trust Andrew? Can she trust Margaret? Can she trust the demi demon? Can she trust the ghost that come to her? There are also a couple good action parts that I really enjoyed. And, I did enjoy the relationships the characters had together as well.
In the end, it felt like there was a bunch that was left hanging and I really wanted to know more. Especially about one character which is just left dangling and I want to know what happens! Overall it was an okay series.
I felt there was a huge inconsistency in this book and it bothered me a bunch. At one point, Chloe gets werewolf blood on her and Derek begins to freak out trying to get it all off of her because there is two ways to turn into a werewolf, their blood and their saliva. So, he methodically cleans every bit of blood off of her that belonged to the werewolf but later in the book it is okay for him to kiss Chloe, which involves saliva. So, is Chloe now going to turn into a werewolf?