Thursday, August 12, 2010

13 to Life by Shannon Delany Review by Ana

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 absolutly love stories with werwolves. They're my favorite, and when I found out about 13 TO LIFE, I was excited to read it and give it a chance. I had high expectations, but the book was a thousand times better that I thought. I loved the action in the book and how well Shannon Delany writes. I was lured in from the first page when Jessica first met Pietr.

There was a time during the book where I cried. Literally, I was bawling. When Jessica was descibing how her mom died, I just broke down and not many novels give such a strong emotion that you can't control. This one did and right after it, I had to stop reading to get myself beack together.

The characters were so real and at times I hated them and loved them. That's what I like to see in characters. No one has only good qualities. We're mixed and that makes a dynamic character for me. At times, I got angry at Jessica for not sticking up for herself, but then you would realize that that was who she was. She didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Then you have Pietr who's strong, but sweet.

I loved the ending. It wrapped the book up, but left room for a sequal, which I can't wait for!

The cover grabbed the story in one picture. the eye of the guy with the moon and the girl walking the woods, thinking.

Overall, I loved this book and is one I will never forget and will be rereading later in the future.


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