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Feb 27 2012

The reckoning: a strange angels novel by Lili St Crow

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Razorbill, 2011. ISBN 9781921518942.
(Age: 14+) Recommended. The fifth and last book in the Strange Angels series sees Dru off to the Appalachian Mountains to the home where she had lived with her grandmother. It is a place where she believes her best friend Graves and the broken wulf, Ash will be safe. She has fought off deadly zombies and jealous djamphirs, and there is to be one last battle and one big decision for Dru.
This has been an exciting and gripping paranormal series, which is much better than many of the vampire books that currently abound. As ever Lili St. Crow's world building is excellent. I loved the scenes in the mountains and the vivid descriptions are outstanding.
Dru continues to be a driven, caring heroine who looks out her friends. As a reader her feisty, strong character carried me along, as did her deep feelings for the things that she has lost and the nightmares that she is facing. In this final book she has come of age and is now a beautiful svetocha, and one who finally has to make a choice between her two potential suitors, Christophe and Graves. Teens who have followed this love triangle will be surprised by the outcome of the romance, but I think more thoughtful readers will love the ending, as I did.
I can't wait to read any future books that Lili St Crow writes. She is definitely my favourite author of paranormal stories.
Pat Pledger

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