TITLE: Secrets and Shadows (13 To Life #2)
AUTHOR: Shannon Delany
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2011
EBOOK: 320 pages
PRECEDED BY: 13 To Life
FOLLOWED BY: Bargains and Betrayals
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected. With Jess’s realization that the Rusakovas’ mother is still alive and imprisoned, the group’s choices become harder and trust more important. Lines are drawn and relationships change as the broken Rusakova family struggles to reunite long enough to free their mother and people who Jess always just took to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more.
REVIEW: Again, this book was slow. Good, but slow. We have Jessie still aching to be with Pietr throughout the book and Derek trying to come between them.
The Rushakovas’ are keeping secrets from Jessie and its pretty annoying. Everyone in this book thinks keeping secrets from the ones they love is protecting them…but its not.
The characters did not develop or grow in this book except Max. And poor Dad (Mr. Gillmansen). 😦 He’s trying to do what is best for Jessie, but he just ends up making things worse. He’s so out of the loop.
Pietr→was being such a whiny baby in this book. Pouting and always stomping to his room. Like seriously, man up dude. Oh, but Protector Pietr did ‘wow’ me in some scenes. I love his dangerous, yet calm demeanor when it comes to protecting Jessie.
Jessie→ Jessie was pretty annoying in this book. After I reading the first three paragraphs of chapter one, i knew right then that Jessica was gonna get on my nerves throughout the whole book. Its like she doesn’t think all her decisions through.
I have a feeling that after what happened at the end of this book, the characters are going to learn good life lessons and hopefully develop more.
Um, o yeah…There wasn’t much action in this book. There were a lot of fast pace scenes, but I really wouldn’t say they were the “omg what is going to happen at the end of this scene” type. You pretty much knew what was going to happen.
I enjoyed the book though. I just wish it wasn’t so slow. It kept me interested in wanted to read til’ the end…and the ending? A shocker, but also cute and…(because of pietr’s determination to keep jessie safe).
Lesson Learned? That keeping.secrets.is not.good. lol Looks can be deceiving and the outer appearance is nothing compared to the battle inside.
If your reading this series, I would continue reading…
Book Cover: .5
Character development& Plot: 2.3 out of 3
Interest:.5 out of 1
Imagery: .5 out of 1
Total: 3.8 stars
**SPOILER ALERT!! DOWN BELOW! DOWN BELOW!
Just wanted to get this out there and off my chest:
- Why didin’t the Rushakovas just tell Jessie about Derek? Like for real! It would have saved them so much trouble.
- I love the scene when Pietr is running with Jessie and Rio in the woods. That was too cute.
- Oh, and when Pietr, Jessie, and Derek are in the barn fighting, Jessie is all like, “You know what Pietr is”. Did she seriously just realize Derek knew? How slow can she be?
- Its really sad when Derek—your former crush, now enemy—has to get all sarcastic with you and say “What do you think sercets do? Protect people?“
- I dislike Dr. Jones. Ugh, she’s so ugh. I bet she knows about wolves. I just know, she knows!
- oh and the end? that was so freakin’ cute and sad! Pietr fought til’ he couldn’t fight anymore. And he would have kept fighting if Jessie didn’t leave for Pecon Place (funny name btw). Poor Pietr. I felt so bad for him.