Review: Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany (13 to Life series)

Posted 31 March, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 7 Comments

Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany cover Destiny and Deception

Book IV in the 13 to Life  series
Genre: YA paranormal / werewolves
Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
copy received from publisher
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synopsis from goodreads
Rating:
The sensational fourth novel in the 13 to Life series sees Jessica and the Rusakuvas fighting to overcome one of their biggest challenges yet–the possibility of a cure for lycanthropy.   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.
This series captivated me from the early beginning. Funny, considering that I normally do not like werewolf stories. But somehow this series drew me  in. I loved the characters, Jessi is an incredibly heroine and the whole family of Rusakova has such a great dynamic. Plus Shannon Delany writes so very fast so we never have to wait long for an update!

Destiny and Deceptions is different

The last books were very action driven and the plot was constantly and mercilessly moving forward. The pace in this book was different it was much slower and the focus shifted. The story focused much more on the family bonds and friendship bonds and the individual characters. How they all deal with the happenings of the last books and what it does mean for them personally.

Pietr… I’m missing the old Alpha Wolf!

The biggest change most definitely made Pietr. After what happened at the end of Bargains and Betrayels he is so lost, it is heartbreaking! So very heartbreaking. He’s struggling so hard to accept his new role that he looses himself n the way. And not just himself, he’s also loosing Jessi that way. Yet, he cannot see past his loss to realize what is happening with him. Although I did understand why he changed and what was up with him I missed the old fierce Alpha Male. Despite my feeling for his change in bevavior I think it was an important story arc. For Pietr, Jessi and the whole family.

Discover to whom the new POV belongs!

I admire Shannon Delany to give voice to so many characters and never loosing their true and inner voice. Apart from Jessi’s and Alexis’s we get a new POV, one we have to find out to whom this belongs. I really found this addition compelling, it added a new direction (again) to the story! You will be surprised! I loved being back in Alexis head, I was falling slightly in love with this troubled character who loves his family so much, yet they do not seem to see this! In addtion, just like last ime I absolutely love the relationship between Amy and Max!!! I’m so Team Max and wish he would get a story on its own!

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

Jessi and the Rusakova are struggling hard to deal with Pietr’s new role and new self. They all have to find a way to life this new live, if they want or not. While I think the story arc was important considering the whole  storyline and in prospect of finishing the series with the next book, the pace felt too slow and I missed the Pietr I fell in love with!
 
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Much Love,
Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
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7 Responses to “Review: Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany (13 to Life series)”

  1. Caitlin

    I absolutely love this series, even though sadly I am behind. After getting to know Max in Secrets and Shadows I so totally fell in love with him. I fully agree he needs his own story.

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