The Awakening & The Reckoning book review

Posted December 9, 2017 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in 2 star, book reviews / 1 Comment

The Awakening & The Reckoning book reviewThe Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Published by HarperCollins on 28th April 2009
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 360
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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 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.

This review is the second in a series go check out my review of The Summoning here – this review may have spoilers for the first in the series!

I thought I would combine these two reviews seeing as I think The Awakening and The Reckoning were really similar in my thoughts. Plus I really don’t want to spend any more time on these books.

I’m so glad that I read these back to back because I think if I had taken a break I would never have gone back to them. This seems to be a series where nothing happens and where there is ZERO character development. I struggled my way through the entirety of the story, and couldn’t wait for the end.

I think I should have left the series at The Awakening and wrote it off, but I’m a trier. The biggest problem with this book was that nothing happened. I had to literally drag myself all the way through this book, I still don’t have a satisfactory answer to why things were happening the way they were. It was a complete waste of my time, which is a shame because there was so much potential for greatness and some really good development but it all fell short of the mark. Almost like Kelley Armstrong got lazy with her writing.

The worst part of this series was the ending. It was one of the worst endings I have ever read. It was anti-climatic, lazy writing and didn’t answer any of the questions. It didn’t actually feel like an ending and left more questions unanswered than answered. It was like really bad icing on a really bad cake!

I think my favourite character would have to be Tori, she’s the only one that doesn’t rile me in any way and stay consistent all the way through the books. Her attitude is realistic so are her reactions to the other characters. She only made the books slightly more bearable.

My least favourite character had to be Chloe, I hated her attitude, hated the way she reacted and treated the other characters all the way through this series was a travesty. I just wished she would grow up and get over it. They were all going through the same thing but she was the only one who needed pandering too. It was pathetic.

I wouldn’t recommend this series let alone The Awakening and The Reckoning to anyone. The entire thing bothered me, nothing seemed to happen and the ending was so anti-climatic. So this series has been donated to my nearest charity shop!

Have you read a series that let you down and left you wondering what was the point in wasting your time? Let me know in the comments!

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