❮Epub❯ ➥ Secrets and Shadows ➤ Author Shannon Delany – Motyourdrive.co.uk

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    Secrets and Shadows starts a few weeks from where 13 to Life ended, I was a little disappointed about that because after that huge cliffhanger that 13 to Life left us with, I was dying to know what happened We do get some recaps from Jessie shortly after the book begins that explains a few things of what happened that night, so I was pretty happy about that Even thought the Rusakovas and Jessie had a life changing night, there was still the normal part of life waiting for Pietr and Jessie at school and the pretending that they had to keep doing Pietr was still with Sarah but Jessie begins to realize Finally that she doesn t like him hanging around with Sarah and acting like her boyfriend any Unfortunately for her, Pietr begins to alienate her after she comes close to death once again, which got me sooooo frustrated with Pietr in this one that I wished Jessie would just throw something at him or start dating his brother I know awful from me, but that s how frustrated I was and well you know is Max I loved the parts that had Max, and there were plenty in this one He just made me laugh with his crazy sarcastic humor even during the scenes that were full of tension I love him, probably my favorite character from this series Now Sarah, Ugh I didn t think that I could dislike her than I already did in 13 to Life but in this one I pretty much hated her, I know hate is a strong word but she was just unraveling her horrible side and we get to see how she really was before the car accident We also get to find out about Derek in this one, which I had been dying to know about because he always seemed very mysterious in 13 to Life and I just had a feeling that there was something weird about him, of course we do find out what it is and it s definitely a shocker I love that Shannon has that amazing ability to surprise me through almost every chapter, there s so many twists in this story that I just never saw coming and kept me glued to the pages It was full of lots of wolf action, because we do get to see the Rusakovas spending a lot of time as wolves in this one and I LOVED that I thought the title of the book fit the story perfectly, since the town of Junction is not the little perfect haven that the Rusakovas thought it was There s plenty of secrets surrounding the family and Jessie, and way enemies than they ever expected This was a fast paced page turner and one that will keep you at the edge of your seat until the end, I can t wait for the next one.

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    Usually when I read this type of YA, paranormal werewolf vampire book I am so engorssed I can hardly put it down I get so wrapped up in the characters, I wind up finishing it in 1 or 2 sittings Not so much with this one, I really just wanted to quit reading it at times, but I have a very hard time justifying just putting a book down unless it s just horrendous So, I did finish it, but I am guilty of skimming Complaints 1 There are way too many references and pat on the back moments I can just off of my head think of 3, way too many for 1 book 2 The love Square got really old atleast it wasn t a triangle right Wrong, it was just as bad, I assure you.3 Something about the way this author writes is very hard to get into relate to At some points it s her choice of words At others it s getting information that is not relevant 4 Derek, ugh.5 Wanda drove me insane in this one it was hard to tell who s side she was really on.6 Lack of Annabelle Lee in this one was kinda sucky, she was somewaht fun in the last book.7 Our main character is smart, but so stupid when it comes to Peiter 8 The gun shoots horse competition thing Why was any of that even mentioned 9 Too many pointless side plots 10 I m bored I hope I have the good sense to stay away from book 3 of this series Yes, there is really another one Do I recommend this one Not really, unless you really loved the 1st book 2.5 stars What I should have been doing instead of reading this

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    I don t understand books like these I mean, I do Usually, the writing is simple, the plot is comprehensible and the characters read off like simple sentences I understand the books sorta but I just don t get why they sell, why they re so interesting Could someone please tell me where the appeal lies in reading a complete rip off In controlling, wishy washy guys In supposedly intelligent yet insipid, boring protagonists In mean girls who get everything they want I liked 13 to Life better, and that s saying something At least is had potential At least I could hope that there would be room for improvement in upcoming books Secrets and Shadows It had nothing redeeming Everything likable from the first book has up and disappeared and has been replaced with bad characterization, bad plotting, bad writing and bad dialogue.I used to admire Jess for thinking with her head and for using minimal logic in difficult situations She used to be normal and somewhat interesting and cutesy and perfectly tongue in cheek Now Now I think she s a little obsessed with Pietr no matter what books say, kids, obsession does NOT equal true love , who s just trying to live it up while he still can Now I think she s a little crazy for talking to professionals about werewolves and Mafias and killing what, is she trying to get stuck in a straightjacket Now I think she s a little stupid for being friends with Sarah, who basically although apparently not intentionally killed her mother How is such a character relatable and enjoyable How could I possibly like her for anything Her cheesy lines don t provoke anything but eye rolls, and her constant pop culture mentioning makes me wonder how this book will stand up in the future And please don t get me started on Pietr Please He s Type Jacob, minus the huge dosage of fixation, passion and eight pack, but he s also Type Edward, minus the sparkling and the age and the silky voice Pietr takes after Uncle Jacob with his gruff and puff I didn t like Pietr in 13 to Life and I definitely don t like him now I also don t like take notes, Delany that your entire series is, pretty much, a SPIN OFF of Twilight Jacob s Version Honestly Imprinting, control issues, soul losing and Romeo and Juliet quotes don t impress me any than when I was reading the Original Saga three years back I have one question for authors how are characters usually love interests , who are just introduced to the protagonists, coincidentally involved in the protagonist s mythology Is it really sheer coincidence that said love interest and I m talking about Jess here, not Pietr has something to do with the lifeline of their partner Or is there some link I m missing, something you forgot to point out Because when Pietr first meets Jess in 13 to Life, view spoiler she finds out, through some necklace or something, that she has something to do with the whole werewolf Russian Mafia thing going on hide spoiler

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    Ever feel like you re missing something I was constantly reminded that I m not a Twi Hard by the never ending references to the Saga, especially Breaking Dawn I think How can the author refer to things view spoiler imprinting something to do with cementing a relationship hide spoiler

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    1.5 This Book Sucked Sorry for being so blunt but it s the truth I only gave this book the extra.5 because of Max, Cat, Amy, and Pietr A little for Max, Cat, and Amy because they are the only characters in this whole book that I actually liked A tiny, tiny amount for Pietr because throughout most of the book he had some sense in ignoring Jessica Until the End Yeah, I get it I shouldn t be wishing that But hello I can t help it First of all this book is just like Twilight In the first book, I was like oh, this book is a lot like Twilightinteresting Except the fact it s basically Edward in Jacob s body Then after reading this, I was like Uh, This book is Basically Twilight Because it has werewolves, vamps, and a human in between A father who is raising the human girl by himselfDad and JessicaBella and Charlie Surprise, Surprise The only difference is Edward Pietr is a werewolf and Jacob Dylan is a vampire The only couple worth talking about is MaxAmy since PietrJessica are a fail Especially Jessie It s so sweet The chemistry between Max and Amy is so adorable Max a playboy and super hot Amy down to earthno nonsense girl Together, they are perfect together Plus, Jessie seriously has no right from stopping Max That s just unfair Just because he might die early or go away, etc Amy should have those moments together with him Jessie Ugh I do not want to even talk about her, but sadly she is the main character Sadly She is so ANNOYING What the heck You do not tell your boyfriend or whatever oh, Can you date my mom s murderer so called best friend just so she won t turn into the psychotic person she really is We can just kiss and cuddle when she s not there SERIOUSLY, THAT is just stupid Plain stupid And then, I quote from page 30 Pietr,., if you care for me keep your hands and your lips off Sarah What teenager or whatever girl does this bullcrap And then the VERY NEXT PAGE I quote I need you to stop kissing her, I admitted Oh I know we were going to wean her away gradually, but every kiss..it hurts me I need her to get the hint sooner Will she not push harder he asked, his voice going soft Gentle as snowfall One, You brought that on yourself Two, Why does she have to go his voice want soft Gentle as a snowfall Really That makes absolutely NO sense This book was a fail I will never, ever pick this up again I am so glad I did not buy it I don t think I ll even want to read Bargains and Betrayals.

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    slight spoilers The story picks right up after 13 to Life ends and answers a few questions about the cliffhanger ending It took me about 100 pages to really become interested in the story in this one as well since I had the same issues with the first book The last two thirds of the book was a page turner Of course this one ends with a cliffhanger as well, so be prepared to wait another a year fingers crossed, maybe later this year to read the next installment Jess, Cat and Pietr are trying to work together now that they have located the Rusakova s mother As Jess acts as an intermediary between the CIA and the family, they find themselves still being trailed by the Mafia A little light is shed on the gang s interest in the family Pietr and Jess are no closer to becoming attached, although Derek shows his true colors and now we are left wondering what his real story is as well There are lots of twists and turns in the plot Oh, and Sarah is getting her memory back There is some sexual tension, alcohol use and of course, bad words, even though Jess struggles valiantly against them.

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    Ms Delany seems to have a serious Twilight complex and it doesn t bode well with this book.Jessie is still struggling to come to terms with how her life has been flipped on its head in the past year Now she also has to deal with the increasing distance Pietr is putting between them whilst still agreeing to help the werewolves release their captured mother.Jessie seems to have had a complete character change from how I remember her in the first book She went from being a likeable, seemingly intelligent character to this clingy, whiny schoolgirl who is having a breakdown every other day and unable to handle her life at all She went from being well adjusted considering her situation to a total mental wreck in the space of the couple of weeks between books She became Bella, basically.Shamelessly throwing herself at a guy who doesn t want her then going and making out with his arch enemy to get back at him Then wondering why he still doesn t want her and not listening to him after he tells her something is too dangerous, she stubbornly tags along anyway What is wrong with these humans who seem to think they can match a supernatural s healing abilities Pietr went from an arrogant semi likable character because of his hotness appeal, to well, Edward Tortured teen who thinks the world will never understand his predicament, wanting to protect those he loves by distancing himself from them but still keeping an emotional hold over them so they can never move on.Secrets and Shadows was a train wreck in every sense of the word The story is a bad copy of Twilight even going so far as to say that the male lead doesn t think he has a soul any because of what he s become and what he has done and then to say that maybe the family should leave town and everyone they know behind to keep them safe from themselves.The romance between Jessie and Pietr is becoming laughable now Jessie pushed Pietr into the arms of another girl and expects him to treat the other girl, Sarah the former Queen Bee, like dirt because Jessie can t stand the thought of them being together.I will admit up front that I could barely remember anything from 13 to Life, and Delany s lack of any form of backstory until three quarters of the way through the book had me scratching my head at times It goes to show that either I m losing my memory or that no matter how much I liked 13 to Life, it just wasn t memorable.The writing in Secrets and Shadows is engaging once again but the plot is all over the place There s trimming down unnecessary detail and then there s butchering your story A werewolf got turned back into a human, end of chapter do we see how said werewolf is faring How said werewolf feels or is coping with this massive change in their life Of course not Vital details were missing Jessie was at her house one minute then in the car the next She was possibly borderline date raped hmm, I m seeing Twilight here but that doesn t get explored at all.I said in the first book that there was a severe lack of information, that pattern continued in the second book It was a complete mind boggling circle of the mess Jessie has made of her non existent love life and any interesting parts of the story were overlooked because Jessie was too busy panting after Pietr and quite literally sexually harassing him, I m sorry but shoving your tongue down someone s throat who has expressly asked you not to do so is harassment in my book to notice anything else that may have been going on around her.Secrets and Shadows was a big disappointment for me It was a bad copy of the Twilight Saga and the writing was so jumpy it literally gave me headaches to read I kind of want to know what happens in relation to the Rusakova s mother but I am wary.Find this review at storywings.com

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    4.5 starsSecrets and Shadows is nothing I expected it to be as it is full of twists and turns and nothing is what it seems Shannon totally took me on one heck of an emotional roller coaster with this sequel One minute I want to yell at Pietr and Jess, and the next moment I m laughing at Max or sighing over Pietr and Max s affection for Jess Let me just say, there is a lot of that happens in Secrets and Shadows that kept me emotional invested into the story until the very end The characters really grew and some of them changed and not necessarily for the better I really enjoyed getting to know of the Rusakovas history and I adored seeing a softer side, well I should say a protective side to Max He adds comedic relief at all the right times in the story I was a huge Max fan in 13 To Life, and I m an even bigger fan now The one that shocked me the most was Derek s character twist I knew there was something about him, but I was totally shocked at what Shannon reveals you ll have to read the story to find out what it is , as his character plays a bigger role in the series than I thought Sarah was my least favorite in 13 To Life, and her true colors show here There s a lot to Pietr and Jess s relationship to talk about, and I don t want to give anything away, but I will say I liked how Shannon surprised me with the manner in which some things happen I really enjoyed that the story picks up right where 13 To Life left off This time around, I spent a good part of the book being totally irritated with Pietr and Jess, but then Shannon reveals little bits of her plot twists and that allowed me to understand why they made the choices they did Shannon not only throws in twist after twist through out the story, but she throws in a lot of emotional kinks There is a lot of important things that happen through the story, both with some character and plot twist revelations I was shocked at how emotional invested I became with the story I yelled, I laughed, I sighed, and towards the end of the book I felt completely satisfied with how Shannon wraps up the story But don t let Shannon fool you into thinking all is well, as just as I finally have that ah ha moment, she leaves me with a cliff hanger Oh yes, the type of cliff hanger that makes you wish you could run out and pick up the next book Yes, I will be rushing out to get Bargains and Betrayals as soon as it s released in August I enjoyed this sequel, and I highly recommend picking it up If you ve read 13 to Life, wait till you read Secrets and Shadows I can only imagine what Shannon has in store for us when Bargains and Betrayals is released If you read through Shannon s acknowledgements, you ll find a few Mundie Moms named in there.

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    A great follow up indeed Tho I hated Pietr here with all his self loathing, this was way better than the first one And yup a lot of secrets were indeed revealed We now know what Derek really is view spoiler That Tatiana is still alive Pietr s mom hide spoiler

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