Thursday, January 17, 2013

Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany Review

Secrets and Shadows (13 to Life, #2)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin           
Source: Library
Second book in the 13 to Life series
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.

This book was so addicting. I couldn't put it down it was that good. The storyline as epic. I loved the tension between characters. About halfway through I started going crazy because I wanted cuteness. Then by the end I had officially lost my mind. I wish you guys could have heard me screaming. Let's just say I will be getting the third book as soon as possible.

Jessica became a pretty amazing character. She really surprised me. I loved how strong she was. I loved how well she fit in among the Rushkova family. I liked how she stood up to Pietr. She wasn't about to let anyone walk over her. Even if Pietr was the most frustrating person ever, I still loved him. He eventually became the sweetheart he was hiding. I feel like I really understood his reasoning for doing the things he did even if they were stupid! That's why he didn't bother me. Jessica and Pietr ended up being so adorable. I threw a party when they finally got together. This had an amazing set of secondary characters. I loved the good and the bad. Everyone was very well done. I can't wait to read more about these characters.

For me this has everything I felt the first book lacked. The plot never slowed down. There was a ton of action throughout the whole book. The characters were very well developed. The suspense was great. I couldn't put it down. Overall this was a great sequel. It made me so excited to continue the series. If you've read 13 to Life and weren't sure about it, you should definitely read this one. It made up for it in my opinion.


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