Review: Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany

Rivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5) Shannon DelanyRivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: August 7th 2012
Details: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312625184
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

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Summary

In Rivals and Retribution, the fifth book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany, Pietr and Jessie will find themselves caught in a pack war with a new breed of werewolves.

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 don’t know what I can say about this book since it’s the last in the series. I really don’t want to spoil anything.

Rivals and Retributions was a pretty good book. I enjoyed it and was going to give it three stars but after finishing it I realized that I couldn’t do it. I didn’t like the ending of this book. It was rushed and too perfect.

I am really glad that I finally read this series because for the most part I enjoyed it. I just wasn’t really into the last two books. It’s a fun series that has a good amount of action and romance. It had it’s problems but it also made me laugh out loud a lot. The Princess Bride stuff was amazing.

If you really like YA paranormal, you might want to check out this series. If not, you might want to stay away from it. 🙂

2 out of 5 stars

Review: Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany

Destiny and Deception (13 to Life #4) Shannon DelanyDestiny and Deception (13 to Life #4) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: January 31st 2012
Details: Paperback, 289 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312624460
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

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Summary

The sensational fourth novel in the 13 to Life series sees Jessica and the Rusakovas fighting to overcome their biggest challenge yet.

With the threat of the mafia seemingly gone and the company’s headquarters in Junction destroyed, Pietr Rusakova is adjusting to being a normal teen and Jess is realizing normalcy may not be what she wanted after all. But both Jess and Cat know the truth–that normal can’t be taken for granted. Their precious cure isn’t permanent–and when a new danger stalks into their small town, Alexi decides he must overcome his issues with the mother who abandoned him to be raised by wolves and make a brand new deal to save his adopted family.

Review

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It was definitely my least favorite of the series so far. I did get a bit bored while reading it. With the other three books, I read them each in a day. This one took me four or five days to get through. The ending was pretty good. I was really getting into it and for some reason thought I had ten pages left, so when I read the last page and turned to find the acknowledgments, I was so surprised. If I remember correctly, none of the other books left off on a cliffhanger, but this one did.

Even though this one wasn’t my favorite, I can’t wait to read the last book, Rivals and Retribution, and find out how everything ends.

2 out of 5 stars

Review: Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany

Bargains and Betrayals (13 to Life #3) Shannon DelanyBargains and Betrayals (13 to Life #3) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: August 16th 2011
Details: Paperback, 303 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312609160
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

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 Summary

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

Am I going to give every book in this series three stars? This was another good one. This series has been a lot of fun so far. Although with an abusive boyfriend in the last book and someone getting raped in this one, it’s getting pretty serious. Though I will admit that I think it was handled a bit better in this one.

It’s getting to the point where I just don’t know what to say in these reviews because I’m coming out of each book thinking the same thing. It was a good read and was really funny. Max is the best. I can’t wait to pick up the next one to see what happens. That is pretty much it. Sometimes three star books are the hardest to review. They are good books, but since they aren’t amazing I don’t really have anything to gush about. If they were two stars or less I would have more to complain about. However, they are three stars. They are good books. I guess I will just pick up the next book, Destiny and Deception, and see if this series continues to be good.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany

Secrets and Shadows DelanySecrets and Shadows (13 to Life #2) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: February 15th 2011
Details: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312609153
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

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 Summary

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

After re-reading the first book and enjoying it, I couldn’t wait to get into this one. Unfortunately I didn’t like it as much as the first one. I still enjoyed it, but there was something missing. I went into the first book expecting not to like it and I enjoyed it. I went into this one with higher expectations. So maybe it wasn’t missing something. Maybe my expectations were just too high for this one.

I don’t think I mentioned in my review of 13 to Life that Max is my favorite character, so I will just say it now. Even though I know when he’s around I will be rolling eyes at the stuff he says, I just can’t help myself. He is kind of a dork and I love him for it.  He just always makes me laugh. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this book.

I did have a problem with the fact that there is a character that keeps forcing himself on Jessie. Well, my problem is more with what happened after that. Not to mention a character that has an abusive boyfriend. It just didn’t seem like it was really handled well in this book. These things happen and then nothing. We basically hear nothing about the abusive boyfriend again. Hopefully there is more about it in the third book. It came out of nowhere, and then went nowhere. I’m rambling and probably not making much sense.

Other than those problems, I enjoyed it. Most likely because it made me laugh so much. If it wasn’t for the funny parts, I would probably have rated this book two stars.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany

13 to Life Delany13 to Life (13 to Life #1) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: June 22nd 2010
Details: Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312609146
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

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Summary

Everything about Jessie Gillmansen’s life changed when her mother died. Now even her hometown of Junction is changing.  Mysterious dark things are happening. All Jessie wants is to avoid more change. But showing a hot new guy around Junction High, she’s about to discover a whole new type of change. Pietr Rusakova is more than good looks and a fascinating accent—he’s a guy with a dangerous secret. And his very existence is sure to bring big trouble to Jessie’s small town.
It seems change is the one thing Jessie can’t avoid.

Review

This was a re-read for me. I read this book when it first came out. I couldn’t remember what happened in it, just that I really liked it. Now that I’ve read it again, I can say that I still enjoyed it, but I had to drop it down to three stars because I wanted to smack the main character pretty much the entire time I was reading.

My biggest problem with this book is the fact that Jessie and Pietr like each other, but Jessie says she can’t be with him because Sarah likes him and she can’t do that to her friend. Yet she doesn’t seem to have any problem kissing him behind her friends back every single chance she gets.

That is pretty much my only real complaint about this book. I enjoyed everything else and I’m looking forward to finally reading the next book in the series, Secrets and Shadows.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

The Morning Star Robin BridgesThe Morning Star (Katerina #3) by Robin Bridges

Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Details: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780385740265
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

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Summary

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors.

Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.

Review

I have spent the last three days reading this trilogy because I just couldn’t put it down. It was addicting and when I finished each book I couldn’t wait to pick up the next one. A part of me is sad that it’s over, but at the same time I’m completely satisfied with the way it ended.

I do have to admit that as I was reading, I enjoyed each book less than the one before. However, when I finished The Morning Star, even though it’s my least favorite in the trilogy, I couldn’t give it any less than four stars. When I finished each book, the first thing I thought was that I really enjoyed it, and this one wasn’t any different. I really enjoyed this book.

This was a great end to a great trilogy. I am so glad that I’ve finally read it.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges

The Unfailing Light Robin BridgesThe Unfailing Light (Katerina #2) by Robin Bridges

Publication Date: October 9th 2012
Details: Hardcover, 309 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780385740241
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

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Summary

Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Unfailing Light, Volume II in The Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia’s aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She’s about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia’s arch nemesis–who she thought she’d destroyed–is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She’ll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina’s horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.

Review

After reading the first book in this trilogy, I couldn’t wait to pick this one up. I am so glad I already owned it. As soon as I finished The Gathering Storm, I grabbed this one of my shelf and started reading it. I was so hooked that I read it in one night. I just couldn’t put it down.

I have to admit that it wasn’t as good as the first one but I still really enjoyed it and couldn’t give it any less than four stars. So far this trilogy has been amazing. It has everything you could possible want. It even had me laughing out loud a few times. I need to read the next book, The Morning Star, as soon as possible.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) Robin BridgesThe Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) by Robin Bridges

Publication Date: January 10th 2012
Details: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780385740227
Source: I bought it

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Summary

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar’s standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina’s help to safeguard Russia, even if he’s repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

Review

I have wanted to read this book since it came out. I just never got around to picking it up. Just so many books, so little time. So it has been sitting on my shelves for years. I recently got books two and three in the trilogy and decided now was the time to finally read it.

I didn’t go into this book with super high expectations because I haven’t really heard much about it. Actually, I don’t think I’ve heard much about the entire trilogy. This might have been a good thing because I ended up really enjoying it. I did have some trouble at first with the names and keeping all the characters straight. However, once I got the hang of it, I really go into the story. I didn’t want to put it down and read it in two days.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I can’t wait to read the next one, The Unfailing Light.

4 out of 5 stars

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

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Read Last Week: 

Destiny and Deception (13 to Life #4) Shannon DelanyRivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5) Shannon Delany

 

Currently Reading: 

Wild Hunt (Evie Scelan #2) Margaret RonaldWild Hunt (Evie Scelan #2) by Margaret Ronald

Synopsis: Genevieve Scelan thought she was done with magic.

She was wrong.

Sure, six weeks earlier Evie—bike messenger, supernatural tracker, and avid Red Sox fan—had been instrumental in bringing down the Fiana, the organization of magicians that had ruled Boston’s undercurrent for hundreds of years. But now they were gone, Boston could breathe easy again, the Sox had a chance at the pennant, and Evie was ready to relax.

Except it turns out that when you take down the guy on top, everyone assumes you’re going to fill his spot, and now Evie finds herself at the center of a whole lot of unwelcome magical attention. On top of that, a new client needs her to call up a family ghost and ask about a stolen inheritance; Evie’s friend Nate has a supernatural problem of his own; and a legendary pack of hounds has been terrorizing Boston’s undercurrent. And try as Evie might to deny the legacy that runs through her blood, when the Hunt is called, the Hound must run . . .

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery #2) Kim HarrisonSomething Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery #3) Kim HarrisonSmall Bones Vicki Grant13 to Life DelanySecrets and Shadows DelanyBargains and Betrayals (13 to Life #3) Shannon Delany

Currently Reading: 

Destiny and Deception (13 to Life #4)Destiny and Deception (13 to Life #4) Shannon Delany by Shannon Delany

Synopsis: The sensational fourth novel in the 13 to Life series sees Jessica and the Rusakovas fighting to overcome their biggest challenge yet.

With the threat of the mafia seemingly gone and the company’s headquarters in Junction destroyed, Pietr Rusakova is adjusting to being a normal teen and Jess is realizing normalcy may not be what she wanted after all. But both Jess and Cat know the truth–that normal can’t be taken for granted. Their precious cure isn’t permanent–and when a new danger stalks into their small town, Alexi decides he must overcome his issues with the mother who abandoned him to be raised by wolves and make a brand new deal to save his adopted family.