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