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Book Review & Giveaway: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Reckoning

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: HarperTeen (US) / Little, Brown (UK)
Publication Date: April 2010
Hardcover: 400 pages

My name is Chloe Saunders. I’m fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I’m not.

For one thing, I’m having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I’m leaning toward the werewolf.

Not normal.

My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.

Definitely not normal.

And finally, I’m a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.

As far away from normal as it gets.

Stand alone or series: Book 3 in the Darkest Powers trilogy

How did I get this book: Review Copy from the publisher

Why did I read this book: Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Power books have gotten progressively better. I truly enjoyed The Awakening and could not wait for the release of The Reckoning, the climactic third book in the series.

**A CAVEAT: This review contains necessary spoilers for the first two books in the series. If you have not read the first two books, or do not wish to spoil yourself, STOP READING NOW! (If you’re looking for the giveaway – a complete set of the Darkest Powers books, scroll all the way to the bottom of the review). You have been WARNED.**


The Reckoning begins immediately where the The Awakening leaves off (literally, the next day). A quick recap: Chloe Saunders and her fellow test subjects Derek (a brooding teenage werewolf), Simon (cute, funny sorcerer), and Tori (a powerful young witch) have escaped the clutches of the nefarious Edison Group – twice. After being forced into a halfway house for supposedly “unbalanced” teens, they’ve discovered that they all have something in common: each of them have extraordinary supernatural powers. Powers, it turns out, that are a direct result from genetic tinkering from the Edison Group scientists. After escaping Lyle House only to be betrayed and placed in a high security lab in The Summoning, and then breaking out and spending a week on the run in The Awakening, Chloe and her friends have found solace in Andrew’s home (a family friend of Derek & Simon’s) – who also happens to be a member of a Cabal dedicated to bringing down the Edison Group.

Things seem safe for Chloe, Derek, Simon and Tori at the moment – but then Chloe starts to have some trouble with a nasty half-demon ghost (read: poltergeist) of a boy named Royce that died in Andrew’s home. There’s also the problem of the adults – Andrew and the Cabal are understanding and helpful, but a few of the adult members of the team are more skeptical of the teen fugitives’ supposed magical abilities and their version of events (especially those impossible tall tales about the Edison Group killing troublesome subjects). And then there’s the problem of Derek – someone is out to hunt and kill him at any cost. Plus, Chloe has started to develop some confusing feelings. She’s always felt an affinity for the good-looking, charming Simon, but there’s a connection with his surly, abrasive brother Derek that she cannot ignore. Faced with an increasingly desperate situation and a gnawing suspicion that their “safe house” is anything but safe, Chloe struggles to uncover the truth to save herself and her friends.

As with the books before it, The Reckoning is another fast paced fugitive type of caper, with a supernatural twist. Ms. Armstrong packs in a ton of action (excellent for reluctant or easily distracted readers), writing a fitting, dramatic conclusion to a thrilling Young Adult trilogy. Interestingly, The Reckoning feels like a nice, encompassing kick-back to the first two novels in the series, as it mixes the uncertainty and claustrophobic feeling of Lyle House from The Summoning with the “on the run” elements from The Awakening. Worldbuilding-wise, The Reckoning does a good job in its own limited scope as the book is narrated in the first-person by Chloe, a fifteen year old girl that knows little to nothing about her own powers and the dangerous supernatural world to which she’s just been introduced. Fans of Ms. Armstrong’s adult Otherworld series will like some of the series easter eggs in this third novel (mentions of a werewolf pack in Syracuse, for example). While there isn’t much in the way of revelations in this final novel (exactly what – beyond the obvious – is the Edison Group trying to achieve with their genetic tests?), there are some brief answers given to questions that will have been nagging readers since the first book – which open the door to even more questions.

In terms of characters, these are the same enjoyable, reluctant friends from the first two books. As a narrator, Chloe goes through a lot in this book, and it’s clear that she’s grown up a lot from the meek, timid, stuttering girl from The Summoning. A loyal friend and incredibly powerful necromancer, Chloe’s forced to make some difficult decisions in this third novel – using her necromantic powers to raise the dead, cut deals with ghosts and demons, even to kill – in order to save herself and her friends. Of course, the thing I was looking forward to the most from this book was the interplay between Chloe and Derek (because, let’s face it – I love this unlikely pair). There’s an annoying feint at a triangle early on in the novel between Simon, Chloe and Derek (which, to anyone reading the prior books is just silly because it’s painfully obvious Chloe and Derek are where the attraction’s at!), but that’s quickly overcome. I LOVE Chloe and Derek – I love how Chloe doesn’t let Derek walk all over her (again, a sign of how far she’s come from the first book), and I love how Derek is abrasive and aggressive, which is only natural given his wolf-tendencies. I also loved popular bitch-girl Tori a whole bunch, and truly appreciated how much she’s changed over the books. She’s still bitchy Tori, but she’s a part of the team, and I loved her unlikely friendship with Chloe. In contrast to the teens, the adult characters are a little transparent…but that’s ok, because it’s the kids that are the draw to the book. The tension between the teens and their adult counterparts, the lack of trust (and even the presence of revulsion) on the part of these adults that are supposedly on the kids’ side makes for a very interesting read.

The Reckoning is the third and to my knowledge (and according to author Kelley Armstrong’s website) the final book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. I have to hope that there will be more though, because, damn, The Reckoning is fun. The book ends the series on a sweet, hopeful note, but there’s still so much room for more, still so many unanswered questions that I can only hope Ms. Armstrong chooses to revisit these characters in the future! (Hey, an older Chloe and Derek? That could totally work).

Notable Quotes/Parts: From Chapter 1:

AFTER FOUR NIGHTS ON the run, I was finally safe, tucked into bed and enjoying the deep, dreamless sleep of the dead . . . until the dead decided they’d really rather have me awake. It started with a laugh that slid into my sleep and pulled me out of it. As I rose on my elbows, blinking and struggling to remember where I was, a whisper snaked around me, words indistinguishable.

I rubbed my eyes and yawned. Dull gray light shone through the curtains. The room was silent and still. No ghosts, thank God. I’d had enough in the last few weeks to last me a lifetime.

A scrape at the window made me jump. These days, every branch scratching the glass sounded like a zombie I’d raised from the dead, clawing to get in.

I went to the window and pulled back the curtains. It’d been nearly dawn by the time we got to the house, so I knew it had to be at least midmorning, but the fog outside was so thick I couldn’t see anything. I leaned closer, nose pressed to the cold glass.

A bug splattered against the window and I jumped a foot in the air. A laugh sounded behind me.

I whirled, but Tori was still in bed, whimpering in her sleep. She’d thrown off the covers and was curled up on her side, her dark hair spiked across the pillow.

Another chuckle erupted behind me. Definitely a guy’s laugh. But no one was there. No, strike that. I just couldn’t see anyone. For a necromancer, that doesn’t mean no one is there.

I squinted, trying to catch the flicker of a ghost and saw, off to the left, the flash of a hand that was gone before I could see more.

“Looking for someone, little necro?”

I spun. “Who’s there?”

A snicker answered me—the kind of snicker every fifteen-year-old girl has heard a million times from jerk boys.

“If you want to talk to me, you have to show yourself,” I said.

“Talk to you?” he said in an arrogant high school quarterback voice. “I think you’re the one who wants to talk to me.”

I snorted and headed back to bed.

“No?” His voice slid around me. “Huh. I figured you’d want to know more about the Edison Group, the Genesis experiments, Dr. Davidoff . . .”

I stopped.

He laughed. “Thought so.”

The four of us—Tori, Derek, Simon, and me—were on the run from the Edison Group after discovering we were subjects in the Genesis project, an experiment for genetically modifying supernaturals. My aunt Lauren had been one of the doctors involved, but she’d betrayed her colleagues by helping us get away. Now she was being held captive. Or so I hoped. Last night, when the Edison Group tracked us down, a ghost had tried to help me . . . a ghost who had looked like Aunt Lauren.

We were supposedly in a safe house owned by a group opposing the experiments. Now a teenaged ghost showed up, knowing about the project? I wasn’t about to banish him, however tempting it might be.

“Show yourself,” I said.

“Bossy little necro, aren’t you?” His voice slid behind me. “You just want to see if I’m as hot as I sound.”

I closed my eyes, pictured a vague male form, and gave a mental tug. He began to materialize—a dark-haired guy, maybe sixteen, seventeen, nothing special, but with a smarmy smile that said he thought he was. I could still see through him, like he was a hologram, so I closed my eyes to give him another pull.

“Uh-uh,” he said. “You want more, we gotta get to know each other a little better.” He disappeared again.

“What do you want?” I asked.

He whispered in my ear. “Like I said, to get to know you better. Not here, though. You’ll wake your friend. She’s cute, but not really my type.” His voice moved to the door. “I know a place we can chat in private.”

Yeah, right. Did he think I’d just started talking to ghosts yesterday? Well, close—two weeks ago, actually. But I’d already seen enough to know that while there were some ghosts who wanted to help and some who just wanted to talk, there were more who wanted to cause a little trouble, spice up their afterlife. This guy definitely fell in the last category.

Still, if he was another Edison Group subject, one who’d presumably died in this house, I needed to find out what had happened to him. But I wanted backup. Tori had no experience helping me with ghosts and, while we were getting along better, she still wasn’t anyone I wanted watching my back.

So I followed the ghost into the hall, but stopped at Simon and Derek’s door.

“Uh-uh,” the ghost said. “You don’t need to bring a guy along.”

“They’d like to talk to you, too.” I raised my voice, praying Derek would hear me. He usually woke at the slightest noise—werewolves have superhearing. All I could hear, though, was Simon’s snores. There was no one else upstairs. Andrew, the guy who’d brought us here, had taken the downstairs bedroom.

“Come on, necro girl. This is a limited-time offer.”

You know he’s up to no good, Chloe.

Yes, but I also needed to know if we were in danger here. I decided to proceed with extreme caution. My subconscious voice didn’t argue, which I took as a positive sign.

I started walking.

Thanks again to Harper Collins’ wicked cool Browse Inside feature, you can read the rest of this excerpt, along with the first eighty pages of The Reckoning for free!

Also, for a limited time you can read book 1, The Summoning in its entirety for FREE online HERE. And for more on The Reckoning and the Darkest Powers books, check out the official website – www.chloesaunders.com (I love the character illustrations, free Darkest Powers short story, and other bonus material).

Verdict: A fitting end to a fantastic young adult series. I loved The Reckoning and can only hope that this isn’t the end for Chloe and her friends. Highly recommended!

Rating: 8 – Excellent

Reading Next: The Returners by Gemma Malley

Giveaway Details:

We are giving away a FULL SET of Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy – The Summoning, The Awakening and The Reckoning – to one lucky winner! To enter, simply leave a comment here letting us know what supernatural creature you would rather be: werewolf (Derek), witch (Tori), sorcerer (Simon), part demon (Liz/Rae), or necromancer (Chloe). ONE entry per person, please – multiple entries will be disqualified! The contest is open to residents of the US and UK only, and will run until Saturday, April 10 at 11:59 PM (PST). Good luck!

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  • Nicole
    April 5, 2010 at 12:37 am

    I would love to be… a necromancer actually. There is something very powerful about a person who can control life or death. Everyone dies (almost), he who can control the dead (in a manner of speaking) can control anything. Outside of those nefarious reasons, it’d be the essence of ‘magic’ to bring back someone’s long lost love or a parent that died before their child was born.

  • Tabby
    April 5, 2010 at 12:37 am

    My name is Tabitha and growing up people would always ask me if I could wiggle my nose. So its only fitting that I’d would be a witch. LOL And plus, I think casting spells would be sort of fun… 😀
    thanks for the giveway!
    tabbylewis at hotmail dot com

  • Leslie
    April 5, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Probably a witch. I’ve always wondered if they actually do exist, good or bad. So to be one would be the best win of my life.

  • Kimmy Davis
    April 5, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I’d like to be a witch. More like a Charmed one though, lol….

  • Cherry Mischievous
    April 5, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Plesae count me in:D !

    My answer to the contest trivia:
    I would rather be a witch because I think they’re cool8) ! Witches get to cast spells and still be human girls:wink: .

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  • Kate
    April 5, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I’d love to be a werewolf. It’s like a two for one. You can be human and then change into something where your heart leads you versus your brain, natural instincts come out and you can enjoy the simpler things in life. Plus you get some bad-ass claws!

  • Karen Mahoney
    April 5, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Not entering the contest (I have books 1 and 2, and am waiting with baited breath for book 3!), just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your review Thea. I am even MORE excited, now!

    Also, Kelley Armstrong has said that Chloe and co. will likely reappear in her next YA trilogy as supporting characters – like in her adult books. Yay! 🙂

  • miss m.
    April 5, 2010 at 3:08 am

    i think i would cheat and make my answer a “yes” because i would have a hard time picking between those options.

  • Kit
    April 5, 2010 at 3:14 am

    This is a fantastic series! I can’t wait for The Reckoning.

    I would like to be a witch because the ability to cast spells seems like the most flexible power. There could be a spell for almost anything – the possibilities are endless!

  • Fiz
    April 5, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I cannot wait to read The Reckoning!

    I’d want to be part-demon. 😈
    Werewolves tend to eat raw meat, and I wouldn’t want to wake up knowing I ate a cute bunny or something. I wouldn’t mind being a werewolf’s mate though! haha

  • Hannah
    April 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Ohh I have been meaning to buy these books for the longest time, so a giveaway is awesome, thank you!

    I think…I think I would be kind of boring and want to be a sorceror. Because I think raising/seeing the dead would terrify me, and being a werewolf would just be too hard to deal with. And then between witch and sorceror…well sorceror just sounds so much more powerful! 😀

  • Maya
    April 5, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I think half-demon. Liz had a little trouble with her powers, but I think I could handle them.

  • Julia
    April 5, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I would love to be a werewolf (Derek), sure it’s hard work and dangerous. But it has it’s advantages. First of all, I would be closer to nature and my instinct would be sharper not to mention my senses.

    I also like the devotion, loyalty and protectiveness that Derek demonstrated to both Chloe and his brother. That special pack mentality.

    Well, okay, I have to admit I want to be a werewolf because my favorite characters in fiction are mostly werewolves including Derek. Besides, there is a kind of freedom isn’t it? To be so connected with the animal instinct but still have the intelligence of a human being. To be one with nature, to understand the call of the wild and feel how alive everything is because animals know about the going ons of Earth more than we ever would. If we are in touch with our animal (And I mean the animal side, not our darkside), I think we would take care of the Earth a little more.

    Plus, ever since grade school when we were told to draw our favorite animal, I drew wolves. LOL. So, this is no contest for me. Werewolves FTW!

  • catie james
    April 5, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Actually have to go w/necromancer seeing as that’s the one people are most frightened of – no better way to lose friends and alienate people than having control over the dead. 😈

  • LJK
    April 5, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Werewolf, definitely.

  • Sandy (Strlady)
    April 5, 2010 at 4:50 am

    I love this series!! I just finished reading the first two books and I am anxiously awaiting the new book. I don’t know why I waiting this long to read them and yet I’m happy I did since the wait for the final installment is soon over!! My daughter’s half sister is 15 and I have been thinking about getting her a book for her birthday this series would be great! As to what I would be.. a witch. The dead is not something I want to mess with and being a were is a bit messy, but a witch has all these spells to play with.. Yup a Witch does it for me.

  • Pagecrawler
    April 5, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Great giveaway! Have always wanted to give these books a read but somehow others got in the way (Curse those shiney books!)

    I think I would have to choose to be a witch. I’ve always wanted to be a witch-or at least try it for a short spell (d’you see what I did there?)

  • Caitlin Usignol
    April 5, 2010 at 5:20 am

    I would want to be a witch like Tori but not exactly like Tori because I am a little nicer.

  • Karlie Jai
    April 5, 2010 at 5:38 am

    (Not entering as I already have the first 2! Signed! *Happy dance*)

    Just wanted to say. Eeeeeeeee! The Reckoning! *hyperventilates* Oh Derek! How I love you! Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait! *jumps*

  • Barbara Fernandez
    April 5, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by magic–witch, definitely.

  • KarenS
    April 5, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Nice review. Thanks. I’ve only read book one, but I really liked Chloe and Derek. I’m glad their relationship continues.

    I’d be a witch since there’s an ability (I think) to learn more and become more powerful. Funny, since I prefer reading about werewolves. I’d want to date a werewolf though. I guess that’s why I like Derek!

  • mel butcher
    April 5, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Iwould have to say that i would be a sorceror, because it must great to be male, no monthly problems and their lives seem so much easier than than my current female form.

  • Lindsay Elizabeth
    April 5, 2010 at 6:13 am

    In any other series I would say the witch… But I love Kelley Armstrong’s werewolves. The Elena Michaels series holds a high place in my heart, and I lurve Derek.

    So… Werewolf. 🙂

  • Celia
    April 5, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I’m going to say…witch. Just because it’s just kind of fun to say (trying yelling ‘WITCH’ in a public place. It’s hilarious). Thanks for the contest – I’ve been eyeing this series for a while now.

  • Christa
    April 5, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Ohhh… that’s a hard choice. Partly because I’m not sure of Armstrong’s advantages/drawbacks for her series for each option (I haven’t started these yet… but I look at them alot, lol). 😆

    But just in general, I think I’d pick werewolf. 😀

    Thanks for the contest!

  • Courtney
    April 5, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I would probably want to be a witch. Raising the dead is a little too creepy for me and turning into a werewolf would probably be pretty painful. Not to mention hairy.

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    April 5, 2010 at 7:18 am


  • janicu
    April 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Part demon sounds sort of interesting. No idea why. 😛

    I haven’t read this series but I hear good things.

  • JenP
    April 5, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I’d definitely rather be a witch.

  • Marie
    April 5, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Great review and giveaway! I’ve been dying to read this series, but I haven’t finished reading all of KA’s “Otherworld” series yet.

    I would much rather be a werewolf. This would give me an excuse not to shave my legs!

  • Alex Bennett
    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I would totally want to be a sorcerer! I am obsessed with the magic stuff 😀

  • Shelly Quade
    April 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

    What a great contest!

    I think I would rather be a werewolf. While that could be somewhat inconvenient at times, the idea of being able to change physical shape is fascinating.

  • Zee
    April 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I really want these books…and have always had a things for werewolves. Count me in!

  • CrystalGB
    April 5, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I think I would prefer to be a witch. This series sounds great.

  • Aik
    April 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I think I’d like to be a necromancer.

  • Elena Gleason
    April 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Oh, part demon all the way. They get all the cool powers.

  • Lisa
    April 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Woof! Woof! (werewolf, naturally!)

  • Catie S
    April 5, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Its a toss up. I’d like to be either a witch or a half demon. I can’t pick between them.

  • Andrea
    April 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Hmm… Toss-up between witch and sorcerer! Though there’s something appealing about being a necromancer as well.. Still, not sure if I could handle the rotting folks. But maybe I’d get used to it and adapt, lol.

  • Kearsten
    April 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Werewolf, but mostly cause I adore Elena in Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series!

  • Kara
    April 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    A witch for sure.

  • Jackie (Literary Escapism)
    April 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I like the idea of being a witch. Yeah, having the ability to lob a fireball (or iceball) at that jerk in traffic or getting that supreme parking spot at the mall would be nice. But I would really love it just for the ability to move things without needing my hands. I could totally use that ability while trying to keep up with my 3 year old monkey. He likes to get into everything! And being able to “know” what he’s getting into without actually being in the room – priceless!

  • kay
    April 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Great review! I just read the first two books last week and really enjoyed them. I can’t wait to read this third one (it’s coming into the mail this week, yay!)

  • Teresa W.
    April 5, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This would be a new series for me. I would have to go with the witch because I would enjoy being able to cast spells!

  • Brenda B. Hill
    April 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I would have to choose witch, but a good witch. Don’t want hairy body, lol, undead, no…

    I have not read any of these so would love to win and begin the series soon. I do have on my wish list but don’t know when I can get them. LOL
    This would be my first paranormal series.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  • Mia
    April 5, 2010 at 9:37 am


    Part demon. They seem to get the coolest powers.

  • John J.
    April 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Wow, I only read book 1 but the chance for the whole shebang – pretty awesome! I have trouble picking, so I’ll go through one at a time haha.

    Werewolf – Derek was pretty awesome in book 1, and the able bod would be a great thing to have – but the pimply skin and tearing of clothes during transformation would be a downer.

    Witch & Sorcerer – Magic and manipulation would be really cool, but character wise I don’t like them as much. I don’t really know if I’d want to be them as opposed to something more exciting

    Half-Demon – I could live without this one, frankly. I think I would like being something more obviously human…but it would depend on half of WHAT demon and how the half would translate based on genetics and stuff.

    Necromancer – NO. I love Chloe, but NO. I could never handle speaking to dead people and helping them out. I love giving back, but that would be uber stress.

    Conclusion: Probably were-wolf or half-demon for the fun of it. The concept of being hot and feral is appeasing…even if acne would be ten times worse. 😛

  • Morning Glow
    April 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Hmm… Would “all of them!” happen to be an option? No?.. Alright, alright, necromancer then. Though part demon would certainly be an interesting thing to deal with… I’ve only read the first in this series, I’d love a chance to re-read that, and get a start on the rest of them!

    Morning Glow

  • Reena Jacobs
    April 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I’d have to go with either witch or sorcerer. I rather like being human, but wouldn’t mind having mystical powers also.

  • Stacy W
    April 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

    What a great contest! I think I would like to be the witch…that could make life quite interesting!


  • BulClippr
    April 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

    A werewolf of course, but only if it were a complete transformation. Who wouldn’t want to be able to leave their human troubles behind and just live free in the moment?

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  • Travis
    April 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I’d say either a sorcerer or necromancer… I can’t decide! lol

  • CARI
    April 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I would choose a witch they seem to have a broader range of power.



  • Tiah
    April 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I would like to be a werewolf. But not the ugly kind where I am half human, half wolf just straight up turn into a wolf. I love the woods so being able to run around in the woods would be awesome.

  • Lisa Richards
    April 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I’d love to be a witch like Tori. Isn’t it fabulous that Harper/Teen offers free reads as the series progresses. I have found several new authors that way and bought not only the new book coming out but the free one I just read.

  • Jessy
    April 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I would have to go with either witch or sorcerer because they can do a lot more than any of the others.

  • Priyanka
    April 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    werewolf definitely, they’re primal nature appeals to me

  • joder
    April 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I’d like to be a witch. I’d like to clean the house or make dinner with a snap of my fingers.

  • Ellie
    April 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I’d want to be a witch.

  • danielle
    April 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    A witch, for sure.

    Enter me, please!

  • Christine Moore
    April 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I would love to be a witch. The possibilities are endless.

  • van pham
    April 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    i would love to be a witch, having magic would be cool haha.

  • Christie
    April 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I haven’t read this series yet. If I had to choose I’d pick sorcerer.

  • Jenn R
    April 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I’m so excited to read The Reckoning!

    I think I would choose to be a witch. It sounds like the most fun.

  • Rosie Carlo
    April 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I think it would be a blast to be a witch!! With a snap of the fingers, anything is possible. Thanks for this great contest

  • Lauren
    April 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I would want to be a witch like Tori.

  • Marg
    April 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I enjoyed the previous two books in this series and look forward to reading the third installment.

    I’m torn between what I would like to be. On one hand, I think I’d like to be a werewolf, but it would also be cool to be a witch that could cast spells.

  • willaful
    April 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Ooo, want to read this one and see how the romance turns out. It was pretty subtle in the first books.

    I would choose witch, I guess, because I’m not comfortable with the thought of physical changes.

  • faye
    April 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    i think i would have to be a witch i think!!!! 🙂

  • meredith goodall
    April 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    A witch. I love Harry Potter too much to choose anything else.

  • Kate A
    April 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I think I would like to be a part demon, but it depends what kind of demon really. I wouldn’t really want to be a chaos demon like Hope in Kelley Armstrong’s adult series. I wouldn’t mind telekinesis though 😀

    Great giveaway and review! I can’t wait to read this book!

  • alana
    April 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Defintely a witch.

    I really like Tori so I’m glad to hear she becomes a real part of the group. She may be bitchy, but most of what she says is true. The way the guys treated Chloe in the second book grated on my nerves.

  • Kelley
    April 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I’d like to be a werewolf, at least in Armstrong’s world! I really enjoy her Otherworld series and I’d like to try her young adult one too.

  • jmspettoli
    April 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Definitely would want to be a werewolf. Just the idea of being able to run free in the woods just sounds so exhilarating! I can’t wait to read these books and i can’t wait to read Kelley Armstrong’s next trilogy featuring the Edison Group experiments!

  • Holly
    April 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I’d choose to be a witch because it sounds like a lot of fun. Learning magic spells would be cool. And sorcerer wouldn’t really work for me. Nor do I want to turn into a furry little creature.

  • Ashley C
    April 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I would probably be a werewolf. I’ve always enjoyed the Elena and Clay stories in Kelley’s series.

    I really hope I win this! Thank you!

  • Kat
    April 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Witch. Werewolves have that pesky full-moon-fursplosion thing, sorcerers have a really bad rep, part demons have an even worse rep and necromancers worry me.

    …although if I was a necromancer, I could start my very own zombie apocalypse. Hmm.

    Nah, witch. I like too many people to start the zombie apocalypse.

  • Rachael L
    April 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I would like to be a werewolf.

  • FD
    April 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Part demon I think. Ease of fitting in, no obvious drawbacks… although it’d depend on what kind of demon!
    Awesome giveaway, I have the e-versions but I’d definitely like the paper copies to add to my Armstrong shelf.

  • pixie13
    April 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I’d rather be a witch. Still get to be human but have magic at your command.

  • Alison
    April 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I think I’d go for a witch.

  • Katie
    April 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I think it would be fun to be a witch.

  • Erica S.
    April 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Hmm…let’s see. By eliminating the other few choices, I’ve decided that it’d be better to be part demon. First, I’m getting sort of tired of werewolves (from the whole Twilight obsession), and the transformation seems extremely painful – not to mention bothersome. Second, witches are, well, witches. I’ve seen a lot of it from Harry Potter (although in this case, it’s different), so I’m somewhat already used to it. This is the same for sorcerers, too. And finally, I doubt I’d like having the powers of a necromancer; I don’t want to go through what Chloe had to go through with being called a schizo and everything, and seeing ghosts. So no to necromancers as well.

    Then, of course, there are the part demons. Kelley Armstrong made them seem very creative and just…unique. Different. You don’t read too much about half demons. To me, I thought Rae’s true identity as a half demon was pretty cool. Also, it appears that half demons have very handy abilities (like Liz), and that, I think, would be easier to control than Tori and Simon’s magic – since it’s already sort of part of you. I’m also a lot like Liz so…impulsiveness should suit me well as a part demon.

    Sorry for the long comment and everything, ha. I’m very excited to read The Reckoning! =D

  • Katherine
    April 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I would want to be a witch, definitely. They get all the fun stuff.

  • Amanda L
    April 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I’m torn between necromancer and witch. Necromancer would be interesting for sure, but with a witch you get spells!

  • Mijeong
    April 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I would say necromancer. I have an image of them as evil, but yet there’s something compelling about them. Not just magic, but involvement with existence and life, something spiritual and deep.

  • ThisViewOfMine
    April 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Im having a hard time picking between a necromancer and being part demon. How about a part demon necromancer? That would be bad ass! 8)

  • Tawania Etheridge
    April 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Great contest! I would choose to be a witch. I love the idea of running around casting spells..

  • jennifer mathis
    April 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    a witch for me. i’d love to have magic powers then the broom could work itself 🙂

  • Courtney
    April 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I think I would choose witch.

  • Myra C.
    April 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Great giveaway! I would want to be a witch, charmed one.

  • Karen
    April 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I would want to be a necromancer. I think it’s such an unusual gift and I would love to help ghosts complete their “unfinished business”.

    Thank you for having this awesome giveaway!!!!

  • Anonymous
    April 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    While I never really cared for Tori’s character, I’d have to be a witch. I don’t like dogs (sry, too much upkeep with them!), I can’t imagine dealing with the dead, I’m not male, and I don’t want to be a demon ^^ I’m a bit picky, no?


  • Kimberly B.
    April 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Although I haven’t read this series yet, I love Armstrong’s other books, and can’t wait to read this series as well. As for which creature I’d want to be, the Elena books almost make me want to pick werewolf . . . but honestly, what I’d want is to be a witch. My mom always calls me one, anyway!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Raquel Vega-Grieder
    April 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

    I Would Rather Be A Witch. I Have Always Been A Supernatural Junkie. Whether I Was Watching B*Witched Or Charmed Witches Have Been One Source Of My Supernatural Addiction.

  • Nikki Egerton
    April 6, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love Kelley’s books, but haven’t read this series yet. I think I would chose to be a witch. xxx

  • Scorpio M.
    April 6, 2010 at 7:39 am

    It would be sorcerer for me!

  • farscapegirl
    April 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Necromancer. I think the ability to control the supernatural would be a gift I could learn to use to help other supernatural beings. Very cool contest, thanks!! ( I haven’t read any of the books yet, so I didn’t read your review. . . )

  • Sim Sim
    April 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I think I’d want to be a sorcerer, or a witch, but the term “sorcerer” sounds so much cooler than “witch”, and Simon’s just plain awesome :mrgreen:

  • Julie Swaney
    April 6, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I would have to say I would like to be a werewolf. I think wolves are great

  • April (Good Books & Wine)
    April 6, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Definitely I’d want to be a sorcerer!

    Also, I just want to say before going back into the lurk cave, Chloe + Derek Forever!!

    That’s all!

  • Tanya
    April 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Hmm I would prefer to be a werewolf..your senses are heightened and you’re strong. The only minus is that when the full moon comes you’re turning.

    This series has been on wish list and I would be estatic to win the collection. 😆

  • Michelle M
    April 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I am so excited to read this latest book – it is such a great series. And I’m thinking I’d like to be a sorcerer – you’d be able to do all kinds of neat party tricks..

  • MeganS.
    April 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I read the first of these books and really enjoyed it, but my library never got the second one in. I’ll have to put it another request to them!

    And I’d want to be a witch!

  • Cindy C.
    April 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I would be a witch. Sounds sexy actually. Please count me in.

  • Patty
    April 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Hmm…I think werewolf would suit me but only if I can determine when I change and when I change back…love those books…

  • Angie D
    April 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I think I would choose a witch. Witches can have all kinds of power:)
    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love the opportunity to read them.
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  • Raelena
    April 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I think I would rather be a witch since I would be able to cast a variety of spells 🙂

  • Bella F.
    April 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

    I would pick being a necromancer because I think calling upon spirits and the ghosts of ancestors for help would be an interesting gift to have.

  • Donna
    April 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I’d rather be a witch. Witches have the cool powers-make spells…turn you into a toad.

  • Sandy G
    April 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I think I’d be a werewolf. Thanks for the contest.

  • Stella (Ex Libris)
    April 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I would like to be witch: the possibilities are endless, you can always learn new spells 🙂

    This is an awesome contest, thank you!!

  • Wileen
    April 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I would love to be a witch, or at least a witch that is on level in power with Tori. The binding spell would be pretty cool to use in real life in difficult situations. 😀

  • Darla G
    April 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I’d like to be a werewolf, I think it’d be cool to be physically strong and have superior senses.

  • Stephanie K.
    April 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I’d definitely want to be a werewolf.

  • kisah jackson
    April 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

    most definitely a witch, but it’d be one that kicks ass like rachel morgan! 🙂

  • negine
    April 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

    hmmm…lets see I’ll go with witch! 😀

  • Lingeorge
    April 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I would prefer to be a Sorcerer (a real Gandolff want-to-be here) I love Kelley’s books, both adult and YA. Looking forward to more.

  • AndreaS
    April 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

    So I’m super torn. My first instinct was “werewolf” but as soon as my head caught up with my instinct, it said “witch”. Which maybe says something about me.

    But I think the Witch would win in the end : )

  • Emileigh
    April 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I think it would be awesome to be a werewolf. Wolves are already such gorgeous creatures and I think it would be amazing to explore nature as one of them. I love the idea of changing into something and escaping from every day life. I guess that’s also part of why I love the “Darkest Powers” series so much because it takes me into another world, with supernatural beings and lots of adventure!

    Thanks for the review of “The Reckoning” and the contest!

  • Amanda Isabel
    April 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hm … that’s hard.
    It would be either a werewolf or a witch – I like the werewolf power, the idea that you are of two world in such a way that you are both feared and tragic. But I like witches. I like the power that comes from knowledge I think.

    Thanks for the review! 😀

  • Laura
    April 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I think I would like to be a sorcerer. Whenever something strange happens or something goes wrong, we always say ‘A wizard did it.’ ‘Why is it 900 degrees in April?’-A wizard did it. ‘Why are my shoes in your room?’ -A wizard did it!

    And we all know wizard and sorcerer are practically synonymous. So, I would like to be the one doing strange and awesome things.

  • Meaghan
    April 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    umm… This is a tough choice but I think I’d want to be a witch

  • Yiling
    April 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Right now i feel like a necromancer.

  • Sarah
    April 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve had this series on my wishlist for a while but haven’t actually read any of the books yet so thanks for the opportunity to win the set 😀

    I think I’d probably choose to be a witch but I love the idea of being a werewolf too. I wonder if it would be cheating to say I’d like to combine the 2 LOL

  • Emma Michaels
    April 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I would want to be Tori, a witch but my fiance would want to be a necro. Great contest, I am totally excited!!!

    Emma Michaels

  • Kyra
    April 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I can actually see ghosts and talk with them so I would rather be what I really am: a necromancer.

  • Jennifer M
    April 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by stories where the protagonist can communicate with the dead, so I’d want to be a Necromancer.

  • sarac
    April 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Would love to be a sorcerer.

  • Beth (BBRB)
    April 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Yup, definitely a witch!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  • Angela D.
    April 7, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I would LOVE to win this series. I’ve borrowed the first two from the library but own some of Armstrong’s other books. I agree that these keep getting better and can’t wait to finish up the series.

    I think I’d like to be a witch just cause those are some of my favorite characters in Armstrong’s books.

  • Tori [Book Faery]
    April 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    A witch, definitely. Or a necromancer.

  • brit
    April 8, 2010 at 12:39 am

    witch or a part-demon. Werewolf has too many emotions and instincts to fight through just to walk around, and a necro is always getting harassed by the dead. Give me cool powers over the drama any day!

  • Kelly H.
    April 8, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Well, I would have to be a witch because I don’t want to excusively deal with the dead, nor do I want to be dependent on the moon, so that leaves witch and sorcerer. Sorcerer has always sounded like such a menacing word, so I am going with witch. 😀

  • Kt9345
    April 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I think I would like to be a sorcerer (in this case, sorceress) because I think it would be cool to be able to cast fire or ice from my hands….or even eyes!

  • Briana (The Book Pixie)
    April 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I have been wanting to read this trilogy for a very long time now. I really hope I win.

    I would probably choose to be a necromancer, though honestly, I don’t think I would ever choose to be any of those things if presented with the opportunity.


  • hawkeyegirl
    April 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I think I’d like to be a witch, there so much range I think, with that kind of power, kind of a jack of all trades kind of thing.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    hawkeyegirl (at) gmail (dot) com

  • tarynwanderer
    April 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Werewolf all the way! They were always my favorite fantastical creature. :3

  • Adrienne
    April 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I’m glad the third book is really good, I can’t wait to read it! I think I would like to be the witch…seems like that would be fun without having to shave (werewolf) or wake up next to a smelly corpse 😆

  • Jade
    April 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I’d have to say werewolf. The ability to change into a creature that not only has the capablity to be viscous but is also gracefull all the time has to be a win. 🙂

  • Shipa
    April 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I want to be a werewolf since I love Derek!!

  • Esther
    April 9, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I’d be a witch.
    We had a black cat when I was young and my mother had all the neighbours children convinced she was a witch – even I wasn’t completely sure.

  • heatwave16
    April 9, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I’d love to be a witch. I can think of so many great uses for spells and powers in everyday life. Right now I’d like to freeze time, so I can take a nap. 🙂

  • Sophia Lee
    April 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I’d definitely be a sorcerer. How awesome would that be?! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Sophia Lee 😀

  • Heather M
    April 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Probably just a plain old witch. Thanks for the chance!

  • Tina
    April 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    As much as the concept of being a necromancer seems interesting, I would be horrified if I found out I actually was one. I think the temptation to mess with life and death would be too much for me, with way too many possible ramifications.

    Although it’s unoriginal, I’d settle for being a witch. Actually, settle is the wrong word. It’d be friggin’ awesome :mrgreen:

  • Vikki
    April 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Ah, really hard decision in this universe. Werewolves are nifty in that normal super-human way (with the added bonus of living a really long time) but you either have to do whatever the alpha says if you’re in the Pack or you’re a mutt constantly looking over your shoulder. A witch would be okay except you have really low-powered spells, sorcerers have much more powerful spells but you have to be in the Cabals, necromancer means needy ghosts haunting you all the time and the possibility you might raise the dead. So I guess I would go for being part-demon. Bit of a risk as you can’t pick your parentage and thus might end up with a really crappy power, but they can fly under the radar and thus live their lives mostly outside of the paranormal world.

    You might be able to tell that I’m a fan of her other series…

  • Pamk
    April 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I’d rather be a witch but not like tori lol. Would love to win these. Not often I can read something and share with both my sons. age 20 and 14. They both like this series.

  • Jasmine
    April 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I’d love to be a witch just because traditionally you can do anything as long as you know the right spell. 😉

  • Mary J
    April 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I think I would like to be part demon. You get the best of both worlds and that extra strength would be really handy!

  • Sonia
    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I would like to be a werewolf, since I would enjoy the change and the chance to run about as a different animal. It would be almost refreshing to prowl the forests at night as a dangerous creature.


  • Ann
    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Hmmm…. Necromancer, i’d like to be more brave.
    And weirdly if i ever get lonely I can talk with ghost. though it would freak me out if some ghost sneaked up on me!

  • Grim
    May 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I’ve discovered a consistent dislike of YA books written by romance novelists, with R. Mead the notable exception. I think because so many of them just stick with the Twilight formula/love triangle stuff. I couldn’t get through this woman’s first YA.t

  • Kaitlyn LaPierre
    May 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I would be a werewolf because even if I ate a cute bunny I know it’s the way a wolf eats. And there is so much things that make a werewolf so special and cool. The speed would be the thing I would like the best.

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  • EJ
    August 3, 2010 at 6:50 am

    i would like to be part-demon. cause i like how rae can control fire. and fires awesome.

  • katie
    August 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    a witch duh! i would like to be able to defend myself and kick anyone who try to harm me or my friends butt. 😆

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