TITLE: 13 To Life (13 To Life # 1)
AUTHOR: Shannon Delany
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2010
EBOOK: 320 pages
FOLLOWED BY: Secrets and Shadows
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
REVIEW: Normal high school student, Jessica Gillmansen, is trying to keep her life at peace after her mothers death. Everything seems to be going fine until the new hot guy, Pietr Rushkova, comes into town. Pietr doesn’t only have the looks, but also a dangerous vibe the journalist in Jessica can pick up. Mysterious incidents and attacks, causes Jessica to scope out what is going on in Junction and how Pietr fits in.
This was my second werewolf series I’ve read so far, so I thought it was pretty good. Although it was slow, it still kept me interested in wanting to find out what was going to happen at the end. It wasnt a “OMG! i gotta go finish that book!” but it was worth a read. 🙂
The author’s language is easy to understand as well. I really like how Delany even added in a few russian words when Pietr and his family were speaking. It made it seem more true to life. Oh! And Jessica’s best friend Amy? She’s cool! She had a feisty personality who likes to cut right to the chase. It was a good contrast between her and Jessica.
Theres not much action pack scenes. Its more of a book that is going through a normal girl’s life, with her own personal problems, while she slowly puts the puzzle pieces together on the mystery of Junction.
Jessica Gillmansen–> Jessica seemed like a realistic teenager to me. After her mother died, she tried to get past it and always plastered on a fake smile, even if it meant lying that she was ‘alright’. That’s something teenagers would actually do. You can tell she wasn’t perfect which is what I liked about her. She hid her true feelings from people, she put others before her, and she even had those moments of pausing mid-sentence to think up a “better” word and gather her thoughts during a conversation. But Jessica was pretty annoying at times. Some of the decisions she made were just ugh.
Pietr Rushakova–> Pietr is supposed to be the bad boy, but he didnt seem that bad to me. He did have a mystery vibe going on though, and seemed weird at the beginning ; always staring at the clock whether its in a classroom or cell phone. He’s pretty nice and patient to me, especially when he’s dealing with Jessica’s mood swings and all.
Lesson Learned? Now, I always ask myself this question when reading a book and in my opinion, its pretty difficult to figure out what was really the point. It was a good read of course!….but I couldn’t seem to find the moral or the point of the book. After thinking about it more, i would say that family is important…and that no matter what, never turn your back or give up on them. I say this because we see Jessica’s and Pietr’s family and how their different, but also alike. We see the problems going on in both families. We also get a brief glimpse of Jessica’s other best friend, Sarah’s family, and see how her parents are compared to Pietr’s and Jessica’s.
I think this will be a pretty good series. The ending of the book was more of a *deep voice* TO BE.CONTINUED * bum…bum…buuummm* 💪
I would recommend this book to those looking more for a more relaxing, character driven book, yet still mysterious. (Not on top list of recommendation)
Now the rating:
Book Cover: .5
Character Development & Plot: 2.3 out of 3
Interest: .5 out of 1
Imagery: .3 out of 1
Total: 3.6 stars