TITLE: Rivals and Retribution (13 To Life #5)
AUTHOR: Shannon Delany
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
DATE RELEASED: August 7, 2012
EBOOK: 320 pages
PRECEDED BY: Destiny and Deception
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Jessie Gillmansen is in trouble again and she’s in for the fight of her life–and Pietr’s! With Marlaena’s dangerous wolf pack putting more pressure on the Rusakova family, change is inevitable and when it comes, it brings a heavy price that forces Alexi into action to save his youngest brother’s heart, head, and life. In the stunning conclusion of this celebrated paranormal series two werewolf families fight for control of the small town of Junction, control of each other and–most elusive of all–control of themselves.
REVIEW: I love this book! It had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole way through with all these nervous butterflies in my stomach! Ahh! I just loved it! It starts off right where we left off in book 4, Destiny and Deception. Jessie and Pietr relationship is tested like never before! Like for real! (haha) This book was more funny and frustrating (in a good way) than the four previous books. The characters had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I felt for all the characters…well all the characters that I like.
Jessie→ Jessie was again, keeping secrets. She was starting to annoy me again. Its like she hasn’t learned from her mistakes whenever she previously kept secrets. I also felt bad for Jessie in this book though. She was doing her best to make the right decisions; being tempted to make some really regretful choices as well.
Alexi→ Alexi has really grown throughout the series. After seeing how precious life is after putting himself in other people shoes, he improves as a person.
Delany was more descriptive in this book (oh, and in the fourth book as well) than all the others. I was able to picture everything more clearly than usual. This was the most emotional book in the series and a great way to end the series…But, with some of the conflicts we see with other characters (like, the Russian Mafia), I say it could have been more well developed.
Lesson Learned? embrace the one’s you love and never give up on them during difficult situations.
continue reading the series people. If your not reading this series, go start! 🙂
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 2.7 out of 3
Interest: 1 out of 1
Imagery: .6 out of 1
Total: 4.8 stars