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13 To Life by Shannon Delany

June 21st, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores June 2010

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

I think this series has some good potential but book 1 did not totally wow me.  It contains a lot of cliches with Pietr starting off as the typical brooding high school boy with a secret to hide.  Jess has some of her own personal issues to deal with but finds herself strangely attracted to Pietr.  It’s pretty easy to guess what Peitr’s family secret is but the characters are what saves this book was feeling like another carbon copy werewolf/vampire book.  Jess has a best friend who before a horrible car accident was one of the meanest, scariest girls in school and she is starting to show signs of reverting back to her old self.  Then there is the new girlfriend of Jess’s father who apparently has an ulterior motive for dating her dad.  And then there is Jess’s high school crush, Derek, who suddenly starts paying attention to Jess.  Does he have a hidden agenda?   It was these questions that kept me reading and will most likely bring me back for the next book to find out what happens.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Sheila (Bookjourney)

    This is a book I tried to get when I was in New York and both times I tried they did not have it. I know what you mean about books that don’t quite do what you had hoped, yet hold you enough to make you read on – even into the next book…

    I am hopeful to still get my hands on this one!

  2. Kristen Howe

    Debbie, we both know Shannon from Twitter. From what you reviewed, it sounds like a fair review to me to give me three stars. Yes, there’s alot of YA paranormal book series coming out, due to the Twilight series, a few years ago. We all have to differentiate one way or another. Good review with your thoughts.

  3. Laura @ I'm Booking It

    Sigh. I think this book sounded more promising before I realized that it was YAP (yet another paranormal) series. There are just too many of them, and it takes too much to break away from the pack.

  4. dsuzuki

    Sheila-I hope you can get a copy!
    Kristen & Laura-I know. I think it’s getting harder on authors who are writing YA paranormal series/books because there are so many out there nowadays you really have to go above and beyond to stand out. I think some paranormal YA books would have got higher ratings if there wasn’t so much competition out there.

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