Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin.
Release Date: June 22, 2010.
Everything about Jessie Gillmansen’s life changed when her mother died. Now even her hometown of Junction is changing. Mysterious dark things are happening. All Jessie wants is to avoid more change. But showing a hot new guy around Junction High, she’s about to discover a whole new type of change. Pietr Rusakova is more than good looks and a fascinating accent—he’s a guy with a dangerous secret. And his very existence is sure to bring big trouble to Jessie’s small town. It seems change is the one thing Jessie can’t avoid…
13 To Life was a fast-paced, romantic story that for some reasons is sticking to my head like glue. I think I say this quite a bit, but it’s not your average werewolf novel.
The plot really doesn’t pick up until the very end. I still can’t decide if that’s something I loved or disliked. I think it definitely paved a good path to the second book; even if I had hated this novel (which I don’t!) I would still be dying to read what would happen next. But except for the occasional foreshadowing happenings every few chapters, most of the story surrounded Jessica and Pietr’s relationship. On one hand, I wanted the plot to thicken, but on the other, I enjoyed just witnessing their interaction and developing romance before the monsters came out to play. Like I said, I’m still on the fence about that.
But to redeem itself, when the monsters did come out to play, I got shivers. Shannon Delany did an awesome job at writing suspense and intense scenes. And despite the small amount of foreshadowing, everything was awesomely set up. The little things that clued us in, like an eerily creepy scene containing Russian nesting dolls.
Overall, I really enjoyed 13 To Life. It’s mysterious, romantic, suspenseful and scary all at the same time. And since it has the biggest cliffhanger that I have ever read, I’ll definitely be impatiently awaiting it’s sequel. I definitely recommend this to all paranormal fans!