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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

13 to Life by Shannon Delany

13 to Life by Shannon Delany
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (308 pgs)
Rating: 5 suns
Reviewed by Wisteria

Everything about Jessie Gillmansen’s life changed when her mother died. Now even her hometown of Junction is changing. Mysterious dark things are happening. All Jessie wants is to avoid more change. But showing a hot new guy around Junction High, she’s about to discover a whole new type of change. Pietr Rusakova is more than good looks and a fascinating accent—he’s a guy with a dangerous secret. And his very existence is sure to bring big trouble to Jessie’s small town. It seems change is the one thing Jessie can’t avoid…

Talk about a fun, fast, paranormal roller coaster that will leave you craving more of Pietr.

Debut Novelist, Shannon Delany, brings a whole new level to the werewolf world with 13 to Life. The story opens with Jessie — a girl with not much left to lose — but nothing really to gain. She’s lost her mother and is faced with all the heartbreak she can bear. Yet, when Pietr, a hot, Russian mystery boy shows up, she can’t help but be a little snarky, outspoken, and just downright curious. Pietr and his crazed family of seeming-misfits will have you wondering what they are trying to hide and why they are all-too-willing to fight each other to keep whatever secret they are hiding.

This book definitely has it all — drama, love, flirting (even though it’s really unintended in the beginning!), and mystery that will have you refusing to put the book down. It is an awesome start to the series!

13 to Life will leave you craving more of Pietr and his mysterious and seemingly corrupt family. Jessie is a relatable character that is well written and I heavily identified with her from the beginning. This is a must read — and Ms. Delany, I want a Pietr of my own!

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