Secrets and Shadows: Shannon Delany
Page Count: 320
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
product description from shannondelany.com
The supernatural stakes are higher than ever now that more than just werewolves prowl the town of Junction--friendships will be formed, choices will be made and allies may become enemies...
Nothing's simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she's seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she's suspected.
Secrets and Shadows is the continuing story of high schooler Jess Gillmansen and the people (human and non) who surround her. The second installment in this paranormal series was just as entertaining as the first, with humorous dialogue, plot twists and romance. Jess's love interest Pietr is back, though this time much more intent on keeping Jess safe. In the beginning of the book I actually didn't like him, but by the end I was rooting for the couple once again.
Delany's prose is very enjoyable to read, with vivid descriptions and spot-on teen voice. Though a couple of points in the book were a tad slow to me, overall the pacing and flow were quick and seamless. Before I realized it, I was on the last page...which is always a sign of a great read!
With well-written characters, snazzy dialogue and an interesting and ever-changing plot, Secrets and Shadows is a great addition to the 13 to Life series. I'm happy to give it 4 stars, and am eagerly awaiting the next installment.