Book: 13 to Life
Author: Shannon Delany
Edition:1st Edition Paperback
Pub. Date: June 22nd 2010
"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."
Werewolves. Since the beginning of time, from the very first scary story ever told, Werewolves have always been grotesque. Made from nightmares. But over the past few years, Weres have transformed from feral creatures, to gorgeous, model like paranorms. Made from daydreams. (Not that I'm complaining! :D )
Recently, I have been turned into a wolf girl. And I have Shannon Delany to thank for that!
Jessie Gillmansen did not count on coming to school to show around the new student. Definitely not on her to do list. All she wanted was to live her life without any change. But every since her mother's death, everything has been changing. Including the residence of Junction. And I do mean changing. Pietr Rusakova, the new guy with gorgeous looks, has a secret. Now Jessie's biggest fear - change - is coming true.
I instantly loved Jessie. She knows what she wants and will do what she can for it. And she has smarts. Though I may argue with that statement when it comes to her boy smarts! I did have a few times were I wanted to shake her and yell "What is wrong with you!?!" But that is when we know we are connecting with the characters we are reading.
Speaking of connections, I loved the one between Jessie and Pietr. They are great together. Bickering a lot, yes. But that always means so much more than it is.
Pietr was a fantastic character. You could tell he had something he always wanted to say to Jessie, but couldn't bring himself to do it. Well, because he wasn't allowed to. Whenever he was in the scene you could tell that Jessie lit up, and you lit up with her!
The storyline is wonderful. I thought I had everything figured out when I first started reading, but there are so many shocking moments you aren't expecting. That makes a great book. Expect the unexpected. Keeps you on your toes.
The ending leaves you wanting a lot more. More Jessie. More Junction. Definitely more Pietr!
If you are a wolf fan. Or a paranormal fan. Or a young love fan. You should pick up 13 to Life by Shannon Delany!