Thursday, September 9, 2010

13 to Life (13 to Life, #1) By Shannon Delany

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

My Review:
      This story tells about Jessie Gillmansen and her life with her horses and dogs in Junction. After a weird occurrence one night, a family of dark-haired Russians show up in Junction and Jess has to guide the hottest one around her school. I love Jess, she had this independent girl aura about her, which I can absolutely appreciate. She had some flaws about her as all people do which made her seem all the more perfect. She had habit of being too selfless that sometimes held off her romance with Pieta. 
     Now that we mentioned Pieta, let's talk about how much I loved him. I loved him from the first time Jess spoke his name. He's Russian and I guess that his name is the Russian spelling for Peter. He won cool points just for his unique name. He is mysterious like all dark, dreamy werewolves and hardly speaks to Jess at the beginning, but when he does, he ends up offending her. He is very forward to Jess about his feelings, which is refreshing from other books.
Blogger Templates     The plot in this story is filled with a lot of mysteries, twists and turns. It has a lot of back story about Jess's mom and Pieta's mom, too. It left a lot of unanswered questions, which excites me because that means the next books will be the bomb! Jess can be added to the Best Kick-Butt Female list and Shannon can be taken off the Debut Author's list and added to the Bestsellers one. I think Shannon turned a new page in the YA werewolf world, Pieta  may be nothing like Jacob or Sam, but sets his own path in this book and hopefully in the future ones.

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