Friday, November 18, 2011

"Reckoning" by Lili St. Crow

From Goodreads: "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, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a fullfledged 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."

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love this series, therefore, as you can imagine when I learned that this was the last book in Lili's "Strange Angels" series I was heartbroken. I hated the idea of this world ending, of not reading of Dru's badassness, Graves's over-protectiveness (that borders on bring soooooo cute), and Chris just being there. And when I saw a number of reviews where people were quite outraged by the ending of this book as they felt that the plot was in no way resolved I was further heartbroken. But then I read the book for myself...

While there was not near as much closure as I would have like (if you have read this book you know what I am talking about), I am by no means dissatisfied with how the series ended. Let's face it, if any character is deserving of a break, it's Dru-girl. And sure, I would totally be happy if Lili were to one day revisit this series, telling it from an adult perspective (Seriously, pretty please Lili?).

If anything, after finishing this book I am exhausted. I have become so engrossed and involved in these books (this book especially) that I seriously feel like I have fought countless vampires alongside Dru (and as a result of, been covered in acidic black vampire blood), ran at breakneck speed, for my life, from said vampires (avoiding trees while doing so), and have wanted to shake some sense into Graves with his constant back-and-forth/ smoking habit (ditto with Ash and his constant fidgeting). These emotions and feelings are truly a testament of how great of a writer Lili is (there are very few books in my opinion where the characters can literally come off of the pages and make me feel such a wide range of emotions).

All in all, this is a series that I will visit time and time again (Duh, I mean, I've already read each of these books, this one excluded, at least a half a dozen times already)- I will never tire of it. I cannot say enough good things about this series- if you have yet to read it, what are you waiting for? Seriously, you can't even use the excuse of, "Well, I am waiting for all of the books in the series to be released before I begin to read it since.... THEY ARE ALL RELEASED." As Lili would say, "finis."

Rating: 10/10

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