13 to Life
By Shannon Delany
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312609146, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
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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…
Shannon Delany is the author of Beasts and BFFs and Secrets and Shadows. A much-abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the western world's first-ever cell phone novel contest. Shannon has written stories ever since she was a child. Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock in upstate New York, she has always been fascinated by history, myths, legends and paranormal research.
A unique tale with a bright heroine and dark secrets.
-Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of the Glass Series and the Study Series
You'll devour 13 to Life in greedy, eager gulps. Pitch-perfect and deliciously paced, this book dishes up your next fiction addiction. Shannon is a rising star!
-Ann Aguirre, National Bestselling Author of RAZORLAND
Jessie and Pietr's bond is sweet and real, with more than a touch of delicious danger.
-Jeri Smith-Ready, author of SHADE
A fun, gothic romance of suspense, secrets, and the dangerous truth behind the new kid in town.
-Lucienne Diver, author of VAMPED
Delany's first novel has a lot going on—teen girls will eat up the Twilight flavor.
(Grades 7-10) -Cindy Welch, Booklist
...great werewolf mythology, mixed in with Russian heritage, add an intense connection between two main characters, some action, unexpected twists and an ending that leaves you dying for the sequel, and you've got 13 to Life.
-Mundie Moms review
Jess is a great protagonist in that she is very real. She thinks like a teenager, and she has the motivation of a teenager, even when she contradicts herself. Delany's 13 TO LIFE quickly stands on its own merits and draws the reader into the tale.
-Vicky Gilpin, Fresh Fiction review
The storyline is wonderful. I thought I had everything figured out when I first started reading, but there are so many shocking moments you aren't expecting. That makes a great book. The ending leaves you wanting a lot more. More Jessie. More Junction. Definitely more Pietr! If you are a wolf fan. Or a paranormal fan. Or a young love fan. You should pick up 13 to Life by Shannon Delany!
-Courtney Rae, Young Adult Book Central
This is one fast paced novel that kept me reading long into the night. The beginning was very hooky. I couldn't put the book down!
-Kim Bacciella, Young Adult Book Central
The paranormal genre is one of my favorites and 13 To Life was a book that fell into this category for me and has now been added to a list of series' that I'll be following in the future. Shannon Delany has a fresh voice for a YA debut author and I had fun while reading her work. She turned the science and mythology angles to her advantage when creating her world of werewolves.
-The Bookshelf Sophisticate, Young Adult Book Central
Secret matroyshka dolls, and hot werewolves riding ATVs reveal Delany's talent for creativity.
-Ann Crewdson, VOYA
Delany effectively probes what makes a monster, how being too selfless can be damaging to the soul, and whether it's possible to rewrite a person's personality.
(Ages 13-up) -Publishers Weekly, July 2010