RECKONING by Lili St. Crow

Posted 21 November, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 5 Comments

YA Urban Fantasy
304 pages
Available now
Publisher: Razorbill
Review copy purchased
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.
But she should be.

Positive: Dru’s kick-ass self. This girl’s been through Hell and she still comes out swinging. But she’s not infallible. She has a very hard time trusting people, choosing to run and hide from those who want her blood and her death with only Graves and Ash. Of course, I can imagine having trust issues when your own dad turns zombie and tries to kill you, those who are supposed to protect you turn on you, and one of the guys who you kind of like seems to have betrayed you. I think I’d duck and run, too.
Positive: The action. So much happens so fast in this story, it’s hard to keep up with it all. The fight scenes are amazing. There’s barely time for Dru and company to get a good night’s sleep before something comes out of the dark and tries to eat them. It can get a little overwhelming but I was totally in the mood for super-fast-paced so I loved it. And the final battle scene was awesome. Kill ’em all! (Oops. Bloodlust coming through.)

Positive: Dru’s world. As in all of St. Crow/Saintcrow’s novels, it’s dark and dangerous and oh-so-scary. Me, I’d be killed off pretty quickly unless I had Dru around to haul my butt out of trouble.

Wish: The end. I can’t decide if I liked it or not. It left a lot of loose ends that will never be tied up because this is the last Strange Angels book but that doesn’t really bother me so much. I don’t mind some loose ends–life is messy, after all. But…but…which? Who? What? Dang. I can’t really get into it without spoilers. So I won’t. I’ll leave it to you to decide for yourself.

Overall: This final book of the Strange Angels series will make your pulse race as you dash through the pages with Dru to the inevitable, satisfyingly bloody finale.

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5 Responses to “RECKONING by Lili St. Crow”

  1. I’ve heard Dru is completely kick-ass and an all-around amazing heroine, I’m really looking forward to starting this series and meeting her! Not so excited about the ending of this one, when I’ve been involved in a series of some length, I like the last book to wrap everything up pretty neatly and give me some closure so I can move on:) You’re right, life is messy, but maybe that’s why it’s so important for me to have closure in my books!

  2. You’ve really reminded be that I NEED to get started on this series. This sounds like one awesome conclusion but like Jenny above I do like closure in my books!

    Great review!