Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Rating: 4.5 stars
From Goodreads: Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction… When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort. The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide–secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.
13 To Life was a phenomenal debut! I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started reading, but what I found I absolutely loved!
I loved the characters. They were very real. Jess was a really fun character. I loved all the qualities she had – like being great with horses, having a great sense of humor, and just being a nice person. I felt she really grew as a character throughout the book. Though, I did have a bit of an issue with how obstinate and just plain dumb she acted in the Sarah situation. Pietr was awfully lovely. I loved how he always slipped in the little Russian phrases like Nyet. I loved the whole Rusakova family. Pietr’s sister, Catherine, was my favorite character of the whole book. She played a smaller part, but every time she walked on the page, I just loved it.
I loved the whole mystery surrounding Pietr and his family. The entire book you were trying to figure out it, making guesses here and there about exactly what everything meant. The plot was one to keep you interested. 13 To Life is a real page turner! I liked how it wasn’t your average w erewolf novel. I loved the romance in 13 To Life. I loved how Jess didn’t instantly fall to mush and go right for Pietr, for which I give Delany many props for.
I’m really interested to see where the story will go with book 2, as the end leaves readers with a lot of questions and dire need for book 2! The end is where the plot really picks up. I simply cannot wait for it to come out. I can’t wait to see what other works Shannon Delany comes out with!