Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. It was published on 27th October 2011 by Quercus and the book is 304 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy for review.
Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She’s battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a full fledged svetocha—rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires—the worst is yet to come. Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she’s ever imagined. And in the end, is survival really worth the sacrifice?
Dru Anderson’s not afraid of the dark.
Dru Anderson’s not afraid of the dark.
But she should be.
What I thought
As one of my favourite YA series, I am really sad to see Strange Angels come to an end. Lili St. Crow has given us 5 books that stand out so much compared with other series and they do not go on for longer than was needed.
In true Strange Angels style, Reckoning starts as it means to go on – full of action and intensity. Because of the nature of the plot, Dru is most definitely oneEven of the strongest and bravest girls in YA. Even though she kicks ass most of the time, it was nice to see a different side to her this time around. After other books of hard times, no wonder she finally started to break down. Preparing to face off with the king of vampires would do that to me (and anyone) as well! I loved seeing the contrast from her tough chick persona. If I had been in her situation though I would have been sat in the corner crying like a baby and refusing to move. Some of the scenes in Reckoning are extremely hard hitting and very emotional. I really wasn’t expecting this book, even as it is the last in the series, to make me well up and nearly cry.
Reckoning is set in various locations due to the vampires being after Dru. The fact that the characters are on the run for quite some time makes for many interesting and exciting situations. I don’t want to give anything away about these but I will just say that everything and anything happens in this book. The plot focuses on Dru getting her revenge on Sergej for the pain and upset he has caused her over the course of the series. As this is the main storyline in the book, it comes with a lot of action. As Dru was on her journey to do what she set out to do, I was hooked! I couldn’t read fast enough to find out how the final showdown between her and Sergej would work out. I was pretty sure it was going to go in her favour but you really never know with Lili St. Crow.
Due to the plot sending Dru all over the damn place, many of my favourite character were missing for quite a large amount of the time. Christophe isn’t around nearly enough. Dru and Graves didn’t get enough one on one time and poor Dib barely gets a look in. I also really missed the friendship between Dru and Nat. There was a serious lack of female characters and it’s not often I say that at all. The one thing I will say though about the lack of use of the other characters is that it really made Dru shine. It showed that she really is a surviver and that she can do things all on her own (even if she has no choice in the matter).
My one major disappointment with Reckoning though is the ending, which was a complete cop out in my eyes. I don’t want to say too much though apart from that I think it ruined the end of the series. For anyone who has already read this book, I’m sure you will know what I am talking about. Nothing is really defined clearly enough and everything really is left for the reader to decide. I wanted concrete answers from the last book in a series but that wasn’t what I got at all. Apart from that though, I did really enjoy this book because it was such a roller-coaster of emotions.
I really am sad to see this series end but I will be watching Lili St. Crow for what she does next. After enjoying this series so much, I will definitely buy anything that she writes now.