Book Review: Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany

Posted 10 August, 2011 by Danny in Danny / 3 Comments

Bargains and Betrayals
Book III “13 to Life” series
by Shannon Delany (website, blogTwitter)
copy received from publisher
Expected publication: August 16th 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin
amazon (Kindle, Paperback)
synopsis from goodreads

Locked away at Pecan Place, Jessie finds her situation to be even more dangerous than she feared. While she struggles to maintain her sanity and discover answers about the group that seems less and less like any legitimate government agency, Pietr fights to keep their relationship alive. But very aware that his mother’s time is running out, Pietr makes a deal he doesn’t dare tell Jessie about. Because the deal Pietr’s made could mean the death of far more than his tenuous relationship with the girl he loves.

What a ride!! Bargains and Betrayals jumps right into action where we were left hanging with Secrets and Shadows left us with this horrible cliffhanger.

Jessi alone… 

Jessi is send to a institution where she left isolated from Pietr and even her dad. But soon Jessi discovers that there is of course something weird going on and finally also her dad realizes that this is not the right place for her. Pietr tries to get her out, but it’s too dangerous so the two lovers have to stay apart from each other.

At the time when Jessi discovers horrible things Pietr and his family try to rescue their mother our of the hands of the CIA (?). Pietr has to make some horrible choices…

Introducing a new POV! 

Here, we get another POV which was very surprising for me. One part of the story is told from Jessi’s POV while the other side is told from Alxis’. Oh and that was a great idea I have to say! I wasn’t so fond of him in the first books, but this truly changed here. I eventually felt very sorry for him, he really suffered from the way his brothers and sister treated him ;( It was a very smart move to include his thoughts here!

Major developments of our characters… 
Good – Bad? 

Jessi is growing stronger and stronger and I liked to see her develop like this. I also loved the faith she has in Pietr and her incredibly love and forgiveness. Even though Pietr tries to push her away (for her own good of course) she never seemed to falter. She stayed true to her love and decision to be with him Pietr.

Also Pietr went through a deep and very disturbing development and it was only Jessi who managed to pull him out of his misery. He loves her deeply but also strongly believes she would be better off without him…

Bottom Line… 
A lot of things happen that will make you gaps and leave room for more development and more story in the future. The book ends again in a cliffhanger and I can’t get enough of this rich story! Shannon Delany never disappoints delivering a story that keeps you on edge and manages to surprise and intrigue you. With characters that grow and develop and she never makes it easy for us and them! 🙂

Random Notes and additional Info: 
The series is getting better and better and the plot deeper and thicker. Also Shannon Delany writes unbelievable fast so that you never have to wait long for the next update.  If the series intrigues you, you can check my review of “13 to Life” and “Secrets and Shadows”. And the 4th book, Destiny and Deception comes out in January.

Oh and *giggles* this is one of the Werewolves series I truly love, although I’m normaly a Vampire Girl.. but .. I just love Shannon’s stories!

Much  Love my Friends,

P.S. : I apologize for being so absent lately, I’m wrapping up my dissertation and I have to hand in my thesis by the end of the month. After that I promise I will be back full force!

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany”

  1. I haven't run across this series before, but it sounds fun. Interesting that the parents are active characters (since so often in YA they're either passive, absent, or the villain). Definitely might have to check these books out. Thanks for the rec!

    And good luck with your dissertation!


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