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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 da ...more
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Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Kate (VerbVixen)
Bargains and Betrayals- Shannon Delany

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I love the 13 to Life series, but at the end of Secrets and Shadows, I balled my tiny ineffectual fists, threw the book to the ground, and stomped my feet like two year old in the midst of a tantrum. Why, you ask? Well, because I found the ending to be only the most infuriating ending ever! Here’s the good news and the secret, the ending of Secrets and Shadows is worth it because it sets up Bargains and Betrayals b
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
These books are puzzling to me. I liked 13 to Life, despite its many problems (particularly the problem of Jessie throwing Pietr at Sarah to make Sarah happy...I mean, get real). Regardless, I was able to overcome and enjoy. It was a sweet story, I (for the most part) liked tomboy Jessie, and Pietr's unabashed honesty and puppy-like loyalty was adorable.

I saw trouble coming in the second book, Secrets and Shadows. The characters seemed somehow less than what they were in the first.

This book br
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LeNore
I thought this was much better than the first two books, and I liked the first two. I thought the plot was tighter, better developed. It is a character driven story to be sure but this book focused on one main external conflict and had a nice arc to it. I appreciated the way the author used internal thoughts for taglines, for example the name of the speaker in italics. To my brain, it was the narrator making a mental note and flowed well for me. There were several conversations between Jess and ...more
Ferdy
Bargains and Betrayals can be pretty much summed up by the main characters own words:

'I know, I know. It sounds like some crazy plot cooked up by a housewife-turned-author.'

The CIA lock Jessie up in a mental asylum to keep her from using her unique blood to cure the Ruskovas of their werewolf nature. Naturally, boyfriend and werewolf Pietr fight to get Jessie out.

-Jessie was boring. She was dumb, self righteous, weak and overly forgiving.
-Pietr held no appeal whatsoever. His mood swings and hiss
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Picking up right where Secrets & Shadows ended, Shannon Delany throws readers into a book full of action, emotionally intense scenes and a book that has an edgier, darker feel to it. Strap your seat belt on and hang on for this book's wild ride. Bargains and Betrayals was nothing I was excepting. There's a lot more at stake, a lot of twists, and along with Jessi's point of view, there's another character's pov of who helps in telling a story that is so perfectly fitting for a third book in a ...more
Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
Bargains and Betrayals was definitely an improvement on Secrets and Shadows.

Jessie is locked away at Pecan Place, an institute for the mentally unstable, and she quickly learns that Pecan Place is hiding some pretty big secrets when it comes to what they are doing to their patients.

Jessie matured between Secrets and Shadows and Bargains and Betrayals and although it was only minor it was definitely an improvement, yes she was still pining after Pietr but at least she has a real reason to this ti
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Cassandra
Rating 3.5


I was kind of on the fence on what to rate this, 3 or 4 so I guess I'll go inbetween.

Bargains and Betrayals starts off right where Secrets and Shadows ended. Jess is in the intitute torn away from Pietr. Alot going on in this got a little confused about some things. But in the end I caught on. A few different plots going on in this one. Lets see we got Jess in the institute, which come to find out alot of creepy stuff going on in this place, the Rusakovas trying to free there mother,
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Shanon (Escaping With Fiction)
The third book in the "13 to Life" series, "Bargains and Betrayals", did not disappoint (except for the awfully small font in my paperback copy, talk about eye strain!). This entire series is so much more than I initially thought it was going to be. It is not just a "werewolf" story, it is so much more. There are several paranormal aspects/people in this story, including zombies!!! Yes-- I said ZOMBIES! I can't even tell you how delighted I was by this. There's also the mafia, scientists and a s ...more
Erica
Bargains and Betrayals was a book I was highly anticipating after Secrets and Shadows. I thought everything was set for the ultimate 3rd book, and it would all just go. It was! Bargains and Betrayals was everything I had hoped for and more.

I pretty much read this one in one sitting - I didn't want to put it down. The story was absolutely addicting. Bargains and Betrayals definitely took a different turn from the prior 2 books. There are alternating perspectives - told from both Jessie and Alexi
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Jessica
I received this ARC from a trade with Cindy@PrincessBookie.com

Everyone knows my obsession with Shannon Delany's 13 to Life! Loved it from cover to finish and I have become fast addicted to the series, so when Cindy at PrincessBookie.com was offering this in an ARC trade I jumped like a madwoman. Or a crazed book reader!

Anyway, Bargains and Betrayals was just amazing! One thing I liked was that instead of just Jessie narrating, Alexi is too! They go back and forth so we get to see what's happenin
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Danny
Jul 05, 2011 Danny rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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 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
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Stacy
Let me preface this review and say that while I read the first book in the series, 13 to Life, I did not read book two, Secrets and Shadows. My mistake. I felt completely lost for the first half of the book and didn’t feel caught up until the last quarter of the book. Ugh!

This book was full, FULL of melodrama and he shall be called Pietr. Pietr was so intense in every scene; his every emotion was at the brink of a breakdown. He was a lot to handle. I mean, I love the thing between Pietr and Jess
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Amsy
After waiting so long for this book, I was disappointed. I felt the story was bland and felt like it was written in a rush. Like a person trying to tell a whole story in detail in a short time. The writing was simple but missed connectivity. There was something missing in the flow of the story.

What was Delany thinking? Jessie. !!!!! She cried and begged Pietr not to kill Christian and almost hated him for turning into a mafia, but then She kills someone herself. Delany seemed to be in a hurry to
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Sarah
Even though this wasn't the book I like the most from the series it's still good. But some of the parts are kind of hurrying..? I don't know but it's just probably me. Mhmm, and sometimes I don't get it. Confusing...?

Anyway, Jessica and Pietr are still strong characters. Still love them and think they are perfect couples but I don't get it...They had sex. I mean, sex. I know a lot of teenage books have those moments. But Shannon Delany made Pietr sound like he is a inappropriate pedo ass. Who
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Kelly Hager
Spoilers for the earlier books (somewhat).

This picks up where Secrets and Shadows ended. Jessie is in the mental institution and Pietr and his siblings are trying to get their mom out of the CIA's clutches. Pietr thinks he has a way to free her (the mom) but can he and Jessie stay together after she learns about the compromises he's making? And what kind of a mental institution is she in, anyway? Scary things are happening there.

This is such a fun, addictive series (more along the vein of House
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CC
As a YA reader, you either get Delany, or you don't.

I do.

The more I read of the 13 to Life series, the more I appreciate Delany's ability to combine YA, sci-fi, pararom, humor, conspiracy theory, underbelly and tragic history like the layers of the matryoshka she writes of. Many YA authors do this; however, Delany does it well. And she does it consistently throughout the narrative.

St. Martin's might like to consider a tighter proofing job, but it didn't distract from the tale; the characters he
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Say
This started out slow, with Jessie confined at Pecan Place and Pietr thinking of ways to help his Mother and Jess escape. Surprisingly, it is told in Jessie and Alexi's POV (which I don't understand) since I was waiting for a big secret coming from Alexi. But I still enjoyed reading it. Well, it is paranormal since we have werewolves, ghosts, zombies and yep "vampirelike" qualities in this series but the thing that makes it more interesting is along with the paranormal stuff bring into the mix R ...more
Tiea Martin
I can't tell you how many times I had to put this book down and actually get my work done. Absolutely devoured it! Amazing! Can't wait till my hands are on the next book! :)
Jodie
Wow, I didn't hate Jess this time around, that is a nice surprise!

Kept me interested enough throughout...Am going straight onto the next.
Suzanne
4.5 stars

This starts off a bit slow but picks up and is as fast paced and exciting as the first two.
Katherin
5.5 stars 99%
(WARING!!! This may be Spoiler)
I can not wait to read the book 4 in this series!!! I have so must fun read, Shannon Delany, 13 TO LIFE Series.
I just love love LOVE Max and Amy love story, it so cute and funny -just full of happiness until the middle(?)-end(?)of the book, things went little shaking. Cat -that my girl- is going strong in this book. The ONLY Female in the Rusakova family, tried to help out the best way Catherine Rusakova can. Cat storyline got more interesting and
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Jamie Pauline
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I've read Bargains and Betrayals and the first two books of the 13 to Life series, and Shannon Delany impressed me with her beautiful writing, vivid details, humor, and well-developed characters.

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Jordan
*No big spoilers*

All in all, it was pretty good.
Let me say this; I didn't give this book three stars because I didn't enjoy it. Actually, I'm going to bump it to four right now, because I did like it. I was just not as empressed as I hoped to be.
To be honest, I liked it a lot. But it wasn't NEARLY as good as the first two. 13 to Life was fantastic, and Secrets and Shadows really built on Jessie and Pietr's relationship. I didn't feel like this book added as much to them as the first ones did,
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Evelyn
Giving only two stars seems pretty low but goodreads classifies it as 'it was okay' and that’s really all I feel towards this book. Around page 100, I completely lost interest. I started reading this book at the end of October and it took almost 3 weeks to finish (countless other books read in the meantime). I just stopped caring about Jessie and the whole ‘zombie’ thing was kind of silly. I picked it up and was determined to finish it though and after a few more pages (once Jessie escaped the a ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Review originally posted at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Please note: minor spoilers for the previous novels may follow.

The 13 to Life series is so much fun and so different from any other werewolf story I’ve ever encountered. But it’s not just about the wolves. Shannon Delaney owns this story with the inclusion of the Russian Mafia, Cold War experiments gone wrong (or right?), and renegade “CIA” operatives. Not to mention the bittersweet love story.

This plot is just full of crazy. After the events of
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VaultOfBooks
By Shannon Delany, #3 of the 13 to Life Series. Grade B
Well I’ve been reading this book for quite some days now, and now it’s over. Finally!
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 dea
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Riv
It's a strange thing when you find a second book that is better than the first. But while 13 To Life was good, Secrets and Shadows was amazing. And I therefore had high expectations for Bargains and Betrayals. I was bored with Jessie throughout the beginning. She was sitting in Pecan Place, doing stuff that, although it moved the plot forward, was dull.
For this reason, Shannon Delany decided to write from Alexi's point of view as well; so we can see what else is going on. It was interesting to s
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Marissa Novels On The Run
MARISSA'S REVIEW:
Bargains and Betrayals is book #3 in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany. I have been really enjoying this series - not too taxing on the brain and a nice easy and enjoyable read from from beginning to end.

Jess finds herself in a greater predicament than she could imagine...Pecan Place - home of nutters and one particularly dastardly therapist/scientist - Dr. Jones. She is one evil woman! And just when Jess thought no-one could be worse being around Dr Jones....it's being
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Tammi
This is the third installment of the 13 to Life series. Jessie is locked up at Pecan Place - “a place where nuts gather” aka the local asylum. This book starts out reiterating the end of Secrets and Shadows, where Jessie is taken and Pietr fights to keep that from happening. Jessie is afraid that the guards had hurt or killed Pietr and at the beginning of the book, she is trying to find that out. She learns the ins and outs of Pecan Place and how to prevent herself from getting on restriction. S ...more
Kelly
Ever since Shannon Delany got published, I've been a huge fan of her. I expect a lot from her books, because the first two books were simply mind-blowing. But Bargains and Betrayals was somehow... very different. I enjoyed it, sure. And I still couldn't put the book away, but yet I somehow felt very detatched from the characters. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we're also reading the story through someone else's POV? It's highly possible, although my appreciation of that certai ...more
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“He leaned forward and plucked something out of my hair. “What—?” He held the dead leaf before me.
“Must have gotten that rolling around with Alexi in the backyard.” I blinked and looked at him. “That sounded so wrong.”
He nodded, eyebrow quirked. Waiting.
“I’m trying to learn a few things from your more experienced brother so I’m ready for our big event.”
His expression didn’t change.
“Yee-ahhh. Not any better, huh?” I laughed. Our big event could mean two vastly different things to Pietr. “Lemme just run through the other ways I could get this wrong: Alexi’s teaching me some moves. He’s trying to put the hurt on me. He was putting me into some positions I’ve never tried before.…” I snorted. I couldn’t help myself.
A muscle near Pietr’s left eye twitched.
“He’s teaching me to fight!” I laughed, grabbing his wrists.”
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“He rrraped herrr,” the beast within him shrieked from deep in his gut, shaking everything but my resolve.

Pietr stepped back, putting his hands up. “Tear him apart,” he agreed.

“Shit, Pietr!” I snapped. “It’s murder!”

“Justifiable homicide,” Pietr returned.

“When did my questionable moral code start to qualify as the guiding light in this family?!” I wedged myself more firmly between the two of them.”
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