TITLE: Bargains and Betrayals (13 To Life #3)
AUTHOR: Shannon Delany
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
DATE RELEASED: August 16, 2011
EBOOK: 320 pages
PRECEDED BY: Secrets and Shadows
FOLLOWED BY: Destiny and Deception
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Locked away at Pecan Place, Jessie finds her situation to be even more dangerous than she feared. While she struggles to maintain her sanity and discover answers about the group that seems less and less like any legitimate government agency, Pietr fights to keep their relationship alive. But very aware that his mother’s time is running out, Pietr makes a deal he doesn’t dare tell Jessie about. Because the deal Pietr’s made could mean the death of far more than his tenuous relationship with the girl he loves.
REVIEW: So much happens in this book. We learn a lot of information and plenty of unanswered questions are answered. We have two narrators—Jessie and Alexi, so we get to see what is going on at Pecan Place and what is going on outside of Pecan Place.
Jessie→ Poor Jessie is in some crazy psychiatric facility. While there, Jessie uncovers more of Junction’s secrets. She really grows as a character in this book. Having to stay strong and behave in a rational manner, she learns a lot and gains more confidence in herself. She’s far from the girl who use to keep to herself and go through the motions.
Pietr→ Pietr faces a lot of difficult situations that forces him to make decisions he never thought he would have to. He grows as a character, but in a different way than the others. His own personal change and development shapes him and makes him embrace the people he loves even more, but also face insecurities.
Alexi→ We get to see through the eyes of Alexi and receive more background information from his past. His growth is occurring as well, and I believe in the next book he will grow even more as we learn more about him.
The dialogue was a bit confusing sometimes. I couldn’t figure out who was saying what. And the details of scenes were a bit fuzzy. Also, there were plenty of great scenes that could have been emotional, but I couldn’t connect to any of them they way I wanted to.
Overall, this series is getting better with each book with all of its twists and turns. The ending is a shocker and its goin’ leave you with your mouth wide open.
Lesson Learned? Never give up on what you want most.
Book Cover: .5
Character Development&Plot:2.4 out of 3
Interest: .5 out of 1
Imagery: .3 out of 1
Total: 3.7 stars