Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mini-reviews: The Awakening & The Reckoning

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: May 1st, 2009
Obtained: From my public library
If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.
I loved The Summoning and I couldn't wait to get to the sequel. I can happily say that The Awakening is even better than its predecessor. The action, the drama, the romantic tension between Derek and Chloe (and yes, Simon) are all heightened and I zipped through this book in a matter of hours. NOTHING could have ripped me away from this book. Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: April 6th, 2010
Obtained: From 1 ARC Tours

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
Moments after finishing The Reckoning, I slowly closed the book, feeling a mixture of sadness, happiness and mostly disappointment. I noticed the amount of pages that the book had and was hoping that Armstrong would somehow magically resolve everything but unfortunately there were some plot points that never get touched upon or are mentioned and then ignored. Armstrong did throw some MAJOR curve balls in this last installment and I loved them but as I mentioned, they are never properly fleshed out. One thing I did immensely enjoy about The Reckoning was that there's FINALLY some action between Chloe and Derek. FINALLY. I got my sexy scenes! Woot! And Chloe finally grows a backbone in this last book (not that she wasn't brave before but she was very quiet. She's more vocal this time around). Rating: 3 stars

Final Verdict: After falling in love with the first two books, I was expecting an EPIC ending to one of my  favorite series. Alas, The Reckoning left me wrestling emotionally because while I was happy with how certain things wrapped up, Armstrong unleashed some new more plot lines that won't be properly answered since the series is over. My only hope is that those plot lines will be mentioned in her companion series; I hope Chloe and her crew make cameos :)

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  1. I had kind of the same verdict as you after reading the reckoning...but apparently, what she has been mentioning, is that in the companion series she's going to combined the two... and honestly I can't wait to read it then! :D

    *fingers crossed*

  2. Ugh, don't you hate it when that happens?!! It's soooo good, and then it ends horribly? I've heard some about this series, but haven't actually picked it up. Wonderful reviews!!

  3. That's such a bummer that The Reckoning didn't clear up all the plot lines. But the second book sounds awesome, :)

  4. She is actually making 9 books in this series. So I guess the ending you got isn't really the ending anymore.

  5. Well... I sort of think that The Awakening was the stronger book of this trilogy. I'm really looking forward to seeing Derek, Chloe and the gang when they show up in the next trilogy set.


  6. I tagged you in a fun international game of tag so we can learn a bit more about you.

    Happy Weekend,

    Black Disaster Fairy

  7. I saw you mentioned on Black Disaster Fairy's site and thought I'd stop by to say hello. Nice to have met you, I've enjoyed my visit, your header is wonderful - that penguin is so sweet.

  8. I read one and didn't love it but the last two sound better :) great minis :)

  9. Ooh! The first one is on my wishlist/to-read list! I guess I do have to read this one. I would like to zip through this book like you did! Hehe :P