13 to Life is that rare novel that captures your attention from the first page
to the last and leaves you flipping the last page repeatedly looking for more
words. It is a sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize there are no
more words and you have to wait for the next book. Splendidly, there is a
second book in the works! So that is something to look forward too.
Shannon Delany is a charming woman that I made the acquaintance over the
Winchester brothers. Yes, I hooked her on Supernatural and I am proud of
it. In the months since we first started talking, I knew she had a book coming
out and I knew it was about werewolves. But until last week, I had yet to read
it. You'll see more of my review below. The neat part about this book though is
that Shannon's novel is the first ever winner of a cell phone novel contest
hosted through Textnovel.com. She wrote the abbreviated version in just five
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.
Add a police escort to school and a mysterious tattoo and Jessica starts to
realize Pietr is far more than good looks and an interesting accent.
Pietr has sects to hide – secrets including the dramatic changes he's undergoing
that will surely end his life early. His secrets date back to the Cold War and
will get the better of Jessica's journalistic curiosity, leading her into an
exciting and dangerous world where her understanding of reality will be
challenged. Knowing Pietr makes Jessica question, what makes someone a man or a
Werewolf tales are very popular, but 13 to Life adds a new twist on a
very old tale that adds more style and flash than a junior does on her first day
of school. Set in the small town of Junction, the reader travels through the
tale on the shoulder of Jessica. Her mother died just a few months before in a
horrific crash that Jessica witnessed. When Jessica's reflections take you back
to the day her mother died, your throat will tighten and your heart will squeeze.
We meet Pietr when Jessica does. His odd behavior and intensity is fascinating
to both the reader and to Jessica. You know there is a story there and so does
Jessica, but it takes a while to put all the pieces together. Without giving
anything away, this tale is as much about the journey as the revelations along
the way. Jessica is a splendid character with tremendous class, strength and
presence of mind. Pietr is an exotic butterfly in a cast of the ordinary high
school characters including the too sweet best friend, the practical best
friend, the hot jock who seems to have a sweet side and the mean girls who enjoy
tormenting the lesser peons.
But don't be fooled – as with any high school, these roles just skim the surface
of these characters whose layers you peel away gradually throughout the tale.
The author mixes a healthy dose of suspense, teenage angst and surprisingly
sweet romance into a dynamite tale that everyone needs to read.
13 to Life releases on June 22, 2010. Don't miss it.
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