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Review - 13 to Life - Shannon Delany

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

I really enjoyed this book. It's a really original twist on the werewolf theme which was totally engaging to read. The book was quite slow on the whole and not all that much actually happened. In fact at the end of the book I had lots of unanswered questions rattling around my brain. While this would normally be a bad thing, this book had me totally hooked and I am desperate to know more.

I loved the main characters of Pietr and Jessica and I am dying to know how their relationship develops. I hope they get it sorted and Jessica shows Sarah what for. I have the feeling that Pietr is going to be a fascinating character who has a huge amount more than has already been revealed. I loved the whole Russian thing that this book had going on and I can't wait to find out if more about the Mafia Links. I also liked the that for the first half of the book (or more) the story could just be a boy meets girl in high school book, until it twists and becomes so much more.

Don't pick up this book expecting it to be a stand alone - it is a fab introduction to what will hopefully be a cracking series but it will leave you with far more questions than answers but if you are anything like me you'll be hooked.


Unknown said…
Interesting review. I enjoyed the Russian heritage and mafia elements to this too. I didn't find it all that didn't to other paranormal books though. Still it was engaging.
I thought Pietr was a little over the top with Jessica, they just met. You are right, lots of questions...I think the next book comes out in Feb or soemthing like that.