Review: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany


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. (Source:Goodreads)

My Review:

There have been a lot of young adult werewolf debuts this year, and unfortunately I have to say that this has been my least favorite so far. It wasn’t a bad read by any means, but it just doesn’t quite measure up to the rest of the pack (ha, get it? the pack), in my opinion.

Most of the novel seemed to be build up, which does suggest that the next book in the series has potential to be much more fast paced and action packed. The fact that most of the book is character driven means that there is more room for development then in some novels. However, I never found myself really connecting with any of the characters. Jess, the MC, is a really strong character though. I can always appreciate a tough female lead!

Even though the novel is based around werewolves, that portion of the story remains mostly in the background. That didn’t bother me: the way the world is set up is pretty interesting, and again, I’m sure they will be featured more in later books of the series.

So, even though the book fell a little flat for me, it is a very quick read. Most people seem to like it a lot more than me, so I’m interested to hear everyone’s thoughts!

I’ll be giving my copy away this weekend on the blog for the Got Books? event! Make sure and come by Friday to enter!

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • My 5 Monkeys(Julie) July 20, 2010, 6:03 am

    I have this on my read pile and thanks for the honest review..might put it off longer

  • Infertility Goddess July 20, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Thank you, finally someone to agree with. I had a hard time finishing this book. I loved the cover and anticipated it more than any other book I have gotten this year. Sadly I wanted to just kick Jess. It is a good writer that evokes this desire, but come on.

    I think I will give it a second chance though.

    The biggest surprise: Raised by Wolves. AWESOME.

  • Emma July 20, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Nice well rounded review. I have yet to read a werewolf book this summer.

  • Erica July 21, 2010, 6:04 am

    I really did enjoy this one, there were parts that fell flat but I'm very excited for the next book.

  • Faye July 22, 2010, 6:41 pm

    can't wait 2 start this book! love the cover. Great Review!

  • Sarah July 27, 2010, 1:06 pm

    you know, I just read this too, and I didn't particularly love it either. I was really disappointed, everyone else seemed to love it so much!


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