Rivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5)
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Rating: 3 stars
In Rivals and Retribution, the fifth book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany, Pietr and Jessie will find themselves caught in a pack war with a new breed of werewolves.
Jessie Gillmansen is in trouble again and she’s in for the fight of her life–and Pietr’s! With Marlaena’s dangerous wolf pack putting more pressure on the Rusakova family, change is inevitable and when it comes, it brings a heavy price that forces Alexi into action to save his youngest brother’s heart, head, and life. In the stunning conclusion of this celebrated paranormal series two werewolf families fight for control of the small town of Junction, control of each other and–most elusive of all–control of themselves.
Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany was an interesting addition to the 13 to Life series. I found it to be a bit lackluster after the trilling ending to Destiny and Deception. So while it was a decent read, I don’t think it was my favorite book in the series.
I really enjoy the characters of this series. Max is so funny and just adorable, Cat is just intriguing and lovely, Amy is the best friend I wish I had, and so many more. They all are so real and I just love following their stories.
I found Rivals and Retribution to be much slower than the other books in the series. It also was a bit choppier with all the POVs that switched quite often. I found the plot to be very intense though – Shannon Delany throws some of the biggest action in the book in the first pages of the book, which is quite a feat.
I really enjoy this series – it has had its highs and lows for me, and Rivals and Retribution was just that. It wasn’t my favorite book of the series but I still found it enjoyable.