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Rivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  998 ratings  ·  127 reviews

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 w
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Kelly Hager
I enjoyed the first four books in this series, but for some reason, this book was very hard to get through. It almost felt like Shannon Delany just wanted to get through this last book so that she could start a new project.

In the prologue, we keep being told that Jessie is not like ordinary girls. The repetition of that annoys me no end, especially because she's like so many teenage girls. One of the biggest examples of this is ALSO in the prologue, when she admits that Pietr isn't as attractive

The 13 to Life series started of amazingly well for me and I was completely enamoured with this original werewolf story. But, books 4 and 5 were a complete let down. I felt book 4, Destiny and Deception, was just a long drawn out lead up to this one. Peter is a completely different character from the beginning after taking the cure, and not in a good way, the timing is all over the place, and just as things start to pick up, it ends on a cliff hanger.

Rivals and Retribution opens where D
Kyrie Roy
So I finally finished reading Rivals and Retribution (The final book in Shannon Delany's debut series) and man, that was one hell of an emotional roller coaster!
To the point where I was crying, laughing, hysterical, and enraged. I even yelled at the book as if that would change the characters decisions.

For me, this last book had it ALL, and I mean all! Even zombie references (You know thats my thing ;D ) and while I'm talking about references, a mention about a certain beloved band in chapt
Wow! It's the last book...I can't believe it's over. Delany did an amazing job with wrapping up the series in my opinion. There were some slightly annoying things, but seriously, nothing major. Warning, there are some slight spoilers about the previous books in this series.

I like Jessie a lot. She's a really awesome heroin because she's so committed to doing what needs to be done in order to keep everyone she loves safe. I love the fact that trouble always seems to find her, but no
Waiting For Wentworth
So what did I think of the 5th (and final) book in the 13 To Life Series? To be honest, I was less than impressed. The first 70 pages or so were dedicated to rescuing Jessie (yes, AGAIN). With the story told from the same 3 POVs as book 4, and perspective changing literally from page to page, it was hard to get immersed in the characters or the story. I also felt that Marlaena's POV took too much focus away from Jessie and the Rusakovas.

Since I don't really like any of the new characters (the n
I can't believe that it's the last book. The first 3 books in this series I loved, but the 4th one wasn't as good. Now at the fifth and final book I have to say I'm pretty disapointed. It took 100 pages just to save Jessie and so not much was going on. In the next 170 pages not much happened except Marlaene & Peter were acting strange and such. Then at page 270 Jessie finally figures it out and in about 20 pages they finally have a cure. I didn't understand how Marlaene always said she loved ...more
So scattered in plot because of the different points of view there is no climax and the defeat of the villains and the challenges is contrived and rushed. For fans only.
Apr 15, 2012 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, pnr, ya
Well, I cannot believe this is the end...I am so sad that I will not be visiting my beloved werewolf family of Jess, Pietr, Max, Amy, Cat, and Alexi. As I sit and think about it now, my heart is aching at the loss this causes...But, with Rivals and Retribution the last book in the 13 to Life series, you can bet that Shannon Delany will make it a memorable one!!
Rivals and Retribution begins right where Destiny and Deception leaves off...And boy does it hit the ground running. Shannon has made sur
Liz Calderone
3.5 idk there were some things that i didnt lik (view spoiler) ...more
Maybe 2.5. I liked the first 1/3 of the book, but the rest was really choppy, with plot spread incredibly thin among so many stories and POVs. Basically nothing was addressed or wrapped up well because there were too many subplots to give any of it the depth and attention it deserved. I was constantly irritated that key conversations and action seemed to be missing and I couldn’t tell how much time was passing or reconcile who knew what, when, why and how. I think I liked the first 100 pages bec ...more
Stephanie Cowart
This is the final book in the 13 to Life series. I have enjoyed this series overall with books 2 and 3 being my most favorite. I really think that 5 books was just too long. The writing definitely wasn't on par with earlier books and I found myself getting increasingly annoyed with characters that I had previously liked.
The book continues with the story of Marlaena and friends (the rival wolf pack in Junction) and at the beginning of the book Pietr is still just human. But people want to change
All right guys this is it. This is the final book in Delany's 13 to Life series and holy werewolf babies does it punch it. There's no real 'downtime' for Jessie and our Rusakovas. If its not an emotional crazy, its a medical crazy and if its not a medical crazy its a personal problem and that doesn't begin to cover the other werewolves running around Junction.

Surprising of all was the turn Jessie and Pietr's relationship took. I knew it would change, with the fourth book's ending it HAD to chang
I am so glad this series is over. It really went downhill the last couple books. This is much less a review and more of a rant (an all over the place, random rant). So be warned.

First off, how many times has Jesse been kidnapped now? This chick is in no way a heroine. I love (by love I mean hate) how she had been locked up in a shed and probably stinks and has bad breath, is thrown down a mountain and now has a split lip and is bleeding all over her mouth; but she pulls Pieter in for a kiss and
Dhruvi Patel
I decided to read this book is because it really interested because the characters Jessica Gillsman and Peitr Rusakova were so mysterious. Pietr was the one who caught the attention. i really liked the character of his. My favourite quote from this was " you could be a mother hen sometimes" said Max. " I know just as long as my little chickens come back safetly then yes" replied Jess. something I learned from this series is that it could be really hard to leave someone who you love dearly and wh ...more
Austin Jones
*warning spoilers*
I was not impressed with this book, though I did enjoyed the first three books, this one was just a displeasing finale.
After all the time I invested into this series, the payoff was just not what I wanted. AT ALL. I felt as if the author gave up on the story and rushed the book to the end. And a sense of time, which is a key component in Pietr's DNA, was lost. I had no sense of time. One minute they're building holding cells for Marlaena and Pietr because they're going insane
I HATED the whole imprint thing between Pietr and Marlaena. It just complicated things even more between Pietr and Jessie. I mean, they'd already been having problems in their relationship and the imprint just made things worse. I am happy ,though, that at the end they finally found a cure that lengthens an oboroten's life and destroys an imprint without killing the wolf. Gabriel made me sick and I didn't miss him when Jessie killed him, though I'm not happy that she had to kill someone. Like so ...more
OMIGOD !!! THIS SERIES IS PERFECTION !!! Pietr is just...GAAAAAHHHHH ! But anyways I hated Marlaena. And when she refused to take the cure I was like "DIS BITCH ! TAKE THE FUCKING CURE !!!!! GERATH WANTS TO BE WITH YOU SERIOUSLY !!!" Cause honestly I liked Gareth. But then she packed her things and hit the road and I was okay with that. But then that last chapter when Jessie was questioning if she fantasized everything that happened and the accident didn't happen and she didn't meet Pietr and sh ...more

I've been waiting for this book to come out for a little while now and as soon as I got it, I couldnt wait to read it! I desperately hoped that it would make up for the last book, Destiny and Deception... But sadly, I was let down.

I found the last two books in this series to not only be slacking in the characters personalities but also in just the story line in general. Some problems take forever to solve while others (that in my opinion are the ones that should take longer to solve) are
Thank god a big happy ending!
I wanted to kill that stupid she wolf Marlaena and wanted to smack Pietrs head against a wall.
Troublesome book but still not enough closure for almost always...I still have questions.
Since i'm mostly satisfied i'll sleep now!
Amanda Gylling
2.5-It was okay but definitely needed work! Warning: I am going to contain some spoilers in this review.

I started off very excited to read the finale to the 13 to Life series that I have loved since I read the first book when it came out, but I quickly came to realize that the author didn't plan out this book well at all. Throughout the book, except for a few things, all the problems and everything else stayed the same in the storyline and I felt that I was just rereading stuff that already happ
Worst ending possible! I get where this author was going but to put Jessie and Pieter's relationship on the rocks for two whole books and then not show any of the love they share once all of their trials were ove just sucked it kind of ended abruptly and I was not pleased!
The book was a good conclusion to the series. I was expecting more, but we all can't get what we want. Ms. Delany tied up all the lose ends. Not better than the first four books, but a good read. Definitely recommend the series.
As far as final books go I thought this was a great end to an awesome series. I didn't love this book as much as I loved the first three. It was done different then the first three. And though I understand the need to see parts of the story through the eyes of the female Alpha, I really didn't like her as a character. So that really brought my love for this series down. I'm happy with the way it ended. Over all I loved this book and I loved the series. It's definitely worth checking out. Especia ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Lori marked it as to-read
The cover looks awesome! I can't wait to read this :D
Mya A.
I so cant wait. I've waited way to long. :(
Someone drained all the fire and passion out of this one. After the last one being dull I was actually happy to see Pietr being a bit of a jerk. I wanted it to blow up in his face. Give me some fire but it was denied me. Instead there was understanding and compassion.

There were far too many mentions of Twilight and similar pop culture for my liking. It just felt like it cheapened the story. As if it couldn't stand on its own without help.

The end was a very fast wrap up. The worst part being Pie
Christi Alley
Rivals and Retributions
by Shannon Delany

Others in Series:
13 to Life
... Secrets and Shadows
Bargains and Betrayals
Destiny and Deception

In the last installment of Shannon Delany's amazing werewolf novels everything seems to come together and fall apart at the same time. New wolves are in Junction and with tensions and attractions on the high it's hard to figure out what is right and wrong. The cure is one thing, but now Jessie is in trouble and the wolves have to race against the clock to find her,
Rivals and Retributions 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 f
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Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC on loan from Christin at Portrait of a Book, thanks again Christin!

This is the finale! Shannon Delany's 13 to Life series comes to an end with Rivals and Retributions and I must say it was heart-pounding! Heart-stopping even! You all know I am in love with this series! From the moment I saw the first cover, I was hooked!

We immediately pick up where we left off in Destiny and Deception, to make it better, Shannon has the last chapter of that book as the prologue in this one!
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