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Friday, August 13, 2010

13 to Life by Shannon Delany

Released: June 22, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rated: YA
Buy 13 to Life here

Jessica's life seemed difficult enough since the sudden loss of her mother, but meeting Pietr Rusakova turns her world upside down again. The newest member of Junction High, Pietr is a first generation Russian-American, a fact that by itself makes him different enough to get lots of attention in the small town. But Pietr is far more than good looks and an interesting accent, Pietr has secrets to hide-secrets including dramatic changes he's undergoing that will surely end his life early. Secrets dating back to the Cold War get the better of Jessica's curiosity, leading her into an exciting and dangerous world where her understanding of reality and what makes a man or a monster will be challenged.

What I thought: 

I really enjoyed this story, it was a bit different than previous YA/UF stories I have read. The Russian Mob connection with the wolves was very interesting and I loved the plot around it.

We don't get to see too much of the werewolves in this one, while most would think this is disappointed, it was fantastic as far as leading suspense as to whether or not werewolves existed or if they were just a figment of Jessica's imagination.

I loved the tension between Jess and Pietr. I loved watching it play out. But what interested me the most among her friends, was Sarah. Jess is a very brave girl who could have helped Sarah get back on track in the world after a horrifying experience. Honestly, I'm not sure I would have been capable of such selflessness as Jess in that regard.

Loved the book, I look forward to more from both author and series.

I gave it 5 stars!


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