November 21, 2012

Review: Reckoning

Reckoning (Dark Prophecy #1) by Molly M. Hall
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Book Description:

"They say the truth can set you free. I found out it can kill you."

Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.

As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that her psychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.

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I was originally drawn to Reckoning because of its gorgeous cover. Yes, I do choose my books by their cover, but don’t judge me for it. I just like looking at pretty things, who doesn’t? The summary of the book cemented my desire to read it and I’m glad it did. Reckoning is about sixteen, soon to be seventeen year old Katriona Matheson, a young woman who has been able to see dead people her entire life.

Her gift is not without danger though and now that she can no longer ignore it, something dark is coming for her. While I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it, the pacing is rather slow. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing inside Kat’s head and major points for putting in so many awesome bands, Kat’s taste in music is the best.

But a large portion of the book focuses on the relationship between Kat, her family, and her best friend Rachel. While I’m not complaining about these things, because I really enjoy her friendship with Rachel and how they’re always there for each other no matter what, but I do think there could have been more action.

You learn a lot about Kat in the first part of this book, but not much about what her gifts are. It picks up in the last few chapters though and if you came make it through the book until then you won’t be sorry you read it. The last five or so chapters of Reckoning are full of information and the betrayal, pain, regret, and determination that is thrown at you will literally have your head spinning, but in a good way.

I have to say that while I like Rick, Kat’s high school crush for like ever, I am totally Team Lovell. The way Hall describes him I swear he’s like walking sex I just want to reach in the book and touch him. I knew there was something about him, but I totally didn’t expect what it actually was. She pulled more than one twist out of left field at the end and now I’m anticipating the second book in the series.

I would definitely recommend this book and I urge any readers to stick with it even though the beginning is slow, the payoff is in the end and boy what an end it is!

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Author Bio:

Molly M Hall is the author of Reckoning, the first novel in the Dark Prophecy series. She has spent most of her life in Colorado and currently lives just outside of Denver.

She pursued a degree in English Literature at Columbia College, and worked in the corporate world for several years before turning to writing full time.

When not reading or writing, she can be found shopping for awesome boots, listening to music, practicing yoga, working on her very inadequate French, playing piano, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.

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