The Reckoning, by Kelley Armstrong

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Publication date – April 2010

Summary: (Taken from GoodReads) Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.

Thoughts: Two weeks… Through reading these novels, sometimes it’s amazing to think that the whole series really does take place over only a few weeks, the kind of timeframe that can, for some people, pass without a thought. But when you’re running for yourself and you’re not sure who you can trust and you’re trying to control frighteningly strong paranormal abilities, two weeks can seem like a lifetime.

Kelley Armstrong brought this trilogy to a wonderful conclusion. While not all the loose ends were tied up, things were set up so as to make it impossible for a small band of people to do so, and it’s obvious that while the battle was won, so to speak, the war goes on. The Edison Group has been stopped for now, but the Cabal is still around, and the group still have to learn to deal with their powers, plus the consequences of all their actions in taking down the Edison Group. It’s a good place to end the books, but the story still continues.

I never fail to be impressed with the realism that Armstrong conveys in her characters. The adults in this series act like adults. Not adult as is dark and gritty and full of sex and blood and all that, but more in the way that they don’t act like teenagers in older bodies, the way some YA novels portray them. I like it. Armstrong has a knack for writing teenagers and adults in a realistic fashion, which meant that at no point was I pulled out of the story by a jarring personality trait or line or action that didn’t seem to fit right with a character.

I swear, for that reason alone I could be persuaded to read more of what the author’s written!

Ultimately, between excellent characterization, pacing that is spot-on, and a plot that is a happy mix between the familiar and the unexpected, I’d have to say that this is an excellent trilogy, and one that comes highly recommended to fans of YA urban fantasy. Or hell, even fans of plain old generic urban fantasy. YA doesn’t have to be specifically to your taste to enjoy this series!