24 March 2011

Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany

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' 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 to free their mother - and those who Jess thought to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more...

  • A great sequel.  I wish I had some good quotes to share (maybe I’ll add them in later) because even though Jess pissed me off plenty of times, she still had great comebacks and absolutely hilarious lines.  The way her mind works is fascinating in two ways: she’s funny and honest but then again, she can be sofreakingslow.  And!  The complete lack of attitude on her part just pissed me off!  It feels like she just lets people push her around and she goes out of her way to make everyone else comfortable.  GOD!  Half the stuff she put up with would have started fights in my high school.  Maybe it’s the small town thing…I don’t know.  But the whole thing with Sarah?  Oh no.  Would NOT have flown with me.  That chick would have gone down hard for all the crap she said.  As well as the Wonder Boy, too.  (Can’t go divulging anything, though…)  What kills me about this series is that I consider almost all the main characters to be complete idiots, but I freaking LOVE these books!
  • It’s a real love-hate relationship.  The characters—especially Jess and Pietr—piss me off in some way.  (Except Cat and Max, they’re cool.)  Jess has a whole laundry list of character defects I could tic off.  She has practically NO attitude.  Plus side?  She can shoot a gun and ride a horse and throw a possibly decent punch.  And she CAN stand up for herself…eventually…and at all the wrong moments.  Pietr—oh my god.  We shouldn’t even start on his stupidity.  DUDE!  What the fudge?  He’s gonna go all “we can’t be friends” but still SO obviously likes Jess?  C’mon.  Get real.  The guy just pissed me off ‘cause his reasons are all wrong!  Ugh.  Still.  I really do have a fondness for these characters.  If any of them die, I’d probably get a little teary eyed.  Max and Cat are totally awesome and even though Amy was a total GIRL about some things, I loved her willingness to defend her friend.
  • Sarah, Derek, and Marvin—okay.  These three?  Not exactly the Three Musketeers.  Unless the Three Musketeers have suddenly gone apocalyptic.  Sarah is a complete (insert word I’m not allowed to say) and gets away with WAY too much crap.  Derek…ugh.  I’m not even gonna.  And Marvin?  The dude needs to go die.  For real.
  • I loved how the story came together.  Despite not giving her main character enough attitude (kudos for the backbone, though), Shannon Delany can really put a mystery together.  Sure, a few things had me going, “Oh my god, it’s about time they figured that out!” but other times had me going, “Oh FUDGE!”  The ending—wow, can’t believe I’m gonna say this—but it was heartbreaking.  (Though it’s another example of how Jess is WAY too innocent.  The chick has no idea how to manipulate people.  Daddy’s girl + screaming fit = shredded forms.  But what does she do?…why don’t you go find out?)
  • In closing, I gotta say I love the Russian.  Seems to be that today’s exotic fictional hotties are all British (or Western European).  So I love the refreshing change in the Rusakova’s.  Annndd…I might be a bit biased because I got to apply the four Russian words I knew.  (And this book taught me more!  Though I wish she’d included a glossary written also in Cyrillic.  My dad can read and pronounce Russian and he knows a lot of the words.  So I don’t need a translator!  I can just go to my dad for that.)  Anyways.  Love the Russian aspect.  Totally do.
  • If you liked 13 to Life, you won’t be disappointed with this new addition.
Note:  I STILL don’t understand the title "13 to Life”.  What the heck does it mean?!

Book Info:
  • pages – paperback, 320
  • published – February 2011
  • publisher – St. Martin’s Griffin
  • genre – paranormal romance/urban fantasy
  • received via – Borders (stay strong!)
  • rating – 5/5
  • series – 13 to Life
    • 13 to Life - review
    • Secrets and Shadows
    • Bargains and Betrayals – coming August 2011