Reckoning (Strange Angels #5) by Lili St. Crow, Lilith Saintcrow

18 Apr
Reckoning (Strange Angels, #5)
Reckoning (Strange Angels #5)
by Lili St. CrowLilith Saintcrow
Paperback, 307 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Razorbill
The electric finale in New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow’s Strange Angels series!

Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She’s battled killer zombies, jealousdjamphirs, 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?


Being a big fan of the Strange Angel’s series I was beyond excited to get my hands on Reckoning, the final book in the series to find out what would happen to Dru and her companions… then the book came out and not being able to wait patiently for it to get to my mailbox I started reading reviews zealously and became terrified.

That’s right, reviews… made me terrified to read the end of one of my favourite series!

After I read some people’s negative comments that the ending was ‘shit’ and other not so nice words I started to question and pick apart all the bad things that could happen at the end, that she could end up with the wrong guy, that everyone was going to DIE… so when Reckoning finally showed up in the mail I placed it wearily on the shelf next to the others in the series and backed away to a safe distance in case it exploded.

Not really.. I’m just being melodramatic, cause I’m awesome like that!

But no, I really did leave it on the shelf for too long, but putting my big girl pants on (an no not Bridget Jone’s granny pants version) I finally picked up Reckoning, thinking ‘Meh, what could be so bad?’

…Nothing really. After all my melodrama I found myself quite enjoying it, even the “horrible” ending wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be. Sure I can see why everyone was chucking a hissy, but I thought that it was a satisfying ending for the book and for what Dru had been through, the conclusion reflected the person she was at that exact moment.

Was it a good ending for the end of a series? Hell no! It felt too much like an ending you would have knowing that there was another book coming, or a new series coming out shortly after… I would like to see more development more of a conclusion, a lot of the new problems that came out from the end of Reckoning deserve to be solved… So is Dru’s story finished? I bloody well hope not! But hey who knows! (further investigation is needed on my part)

I’m satisfied, yet unsatisfied and it’s possible that I wasn’t raging mad because I expected the apocalypse of all endings.

So now that my little confession and rant is over I should probably talk about the rest of the book! Reckoning had what all the other Strange Angel books had…

Those being:

* Dru being an idiot at times and me wanting to kill her.
* Dru being her normal hilarious, kick-ass and snarky self.
* Graves… being kick-ass, yet still hot and nerdy.
* Christophe being douchey and hot at the same time.
* Ash being adorable!
* Running away from bad guy, being caught by bad guy, escaping again and kicking ass.
* Oh and of course the standard… Dru not being able to decide on which boy awesome guy or creepy yet hot old dude to choose.

Okay so you get the drift, I’m not mocking or anything, I actually like all these things… I must admit though I wanted more action, more romance and I found some things were just a repeat of all the other books rolled up to the bad guy actually dying this time. It was good yet I just wanted MORE!

I really really really really hope that Lili St. Crow isn’t finished telling Dru’s story because although I didn’t mind the ending, there is just so much left unsaid, new mysteries to solve and definitely a lot of room for her to grow into the awesome leader she should be. (not to mention other character’s development after what happens!)

-Shannon @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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