Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: 13 to Life

Title: 13 to Life
Author: Shannon Delany
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Page Number: 308
Series: 13 to Life Series - Book 1

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.
Mostly Reeled In!


I just realized all the potential spoilers I could write in this review. Ugh. Well, without much detail, I will tell you that this story provided an unusual look into YA, and I loved it!

When Jess is called out of class by Guidance, she's relieved to discover they just want her to show the new boy around school. But Pietr Rusakova comes with a long list of issues, including a police escort. Pietr's secrets will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction... they may even end his life.

All right. Characters. Jessie was refreshing, in a way. She had spunk, and she didn't immediately fall in love with Pietr. Pietr I liked a lot. He's sweet and caring. Oh, also Russian. I think I loved that more than anything. The little bits of Russian the author threw into the story fascinated me so much. I did not, however, approve of Jess and Pietr's relationship. While I loved them together, I'm not exactly in favor of how it happened. I think Max was my favorite side character. He cracked me up, and I hope he gains a bigger role in the story as it progresses. You know what? I just liked the Rusakovas. A lot.

POSSIBLE SPOILER! Highlight the blank space to read the text.

So, in case you didn't guess, this is a werewolf story. The Rusakovas, however, are not your ordinary run of the mill werewolves. They had real character and two majors issues with their life style. I loved the history behind the Rusakovas as a whole.


Now, the explanation of my rating. So, the main reason for my rating is that this book was just a tad slow for me. There was a lot of build-up, but I have faith that things will be explained more in the next book. Overall, though, I enjoyed the characters and the story, and am reeled in and ready for Secrets and Shadows!


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Anonymous said...

I hadn't heard of this one, but I love books about so that definitely puts this one on my list of possible reads. I'm curious to know if the next book has better pacing...series starters tend to be a bit sluggish.

April said...


The next book's still rather slow, especially for the second book in a series. I feel like the author's really working on a build-up.

Even with the slow pacing, though, I'm still reeled in, and I will read the third book when I get a chance to buy it. It's definitely still a good series.