Thursday, February 21, 2013
Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Fourth book in the 13 to Life series
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.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I liked the third one. It was like a waiting game and by the end of the book you were still waiting. I liked the new wolf pack but keeping up with everything was hard. And the tension between characters got old. But I am excited to finish out the series with the next book.
This one continues the story of Jessie and Pietr. The threat of the mafia has disappeared but they now face a new threat. Jessi has a tough time figuring out what she really wants. Now that Pietr has changed she isn't quite sure if he's still the guy she loves.
Jessie was a little different in this. She was very conflicted with her feelings. You could tell she wanted to do something about her frustration but she never did. That bothered me. I wanted her to stand up and be strong. I'm hoping things will be better for her in the next book. Pietr annoyed me so much. I can totally understand why he was acting the way he was. But, he didn't even feel like a part of the story. He was just there. I really liked the addition of Marlaena's pack. It made the story more exciting and gave me some new characters to like. But, it was hard to keep up and we didn't really get to know any of the characters. I'm hoping for more character development in the next book and maybe more closeness between characters.
The reason I compared this to a waiting game was because I spent a lot of time waiting and wondering. I was waiting for action and wondering how things were gonna turn out. The action never really came. This ending without wrapping things up. I know the next book will answer my questions but I wish this had more. It didn't feel like it was necessary to the story. Overall even though I didn't enjoy this one as much as previous books. It was still a nice addition to the series. It gave me some pretty high expectations for the next book!