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13 to Life (13 to Life #1)

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  10,154 ratings  ·  836 reviews

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 w

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Paperback, 308 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Wendy Darling
Boy, it sure takes some girls a long time to figure out there's a werewolf in her midst. Dogs react weirdly to Pietr, the new boy in school, he sniffs people, his eyes look "disconcertingly feral," he has "startlingly beautiful teeth," he heals super fast, he thinks vampires get more attention than werewolves do, there were wolf attacks in the town his family just left...do you need more signs? Oh, how about HE TELLS HER ON PAGE 205? But Jessie Gillmansen doesn't believe him until he actually le ...more
Heather
I may be overly critical in this review. Only because, I have read so many different stories similar to this one, especially ones that have been excellent reads. The above statement is part of my problem with this book, it is only one of a thousand stories just like each other. Nothing really setting them apart. It's getting quite boring actually. None of these books are sparking any real excitement for me any more...urrgh!

All these stories are all the same. The plots all seem to follow some fo
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Circus Princess
1.5 STARS

You know, the beginning of this book was really magical. For the first two entire pages, I was enthralled by the beauty of Rio the horse, stars, forests, and the beautiful expanses.

Then, by the time we get to page three, the entire thing goes to shit.

Suddenly, Jessie is this stupid mood-swing prone bitch who loves to hate everything. She had a few moments of glory, one of which involved shooting a gun, but otherwise just made me want to stick her head in a blender. I think the only othe
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Dixie Marie
I loved this book and I loved Pietr! I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a super sweet romance with a dark mystery. From the first moment we meet Pietr we just know that this guy is weird. You knew from like the 2nd page what Pietr was. Jessie is very bright. She resists Pietr in the beginning, because she has this huge crush on this jock named Derek. Derek is supposedly really hot, but Pietr hates him! I know he was jealous because Jess liked Derek instead of him, but I think their ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
There was a time when I had real enthusiasm for these books; now, I can barely summon the energy to write a review of one of them. That's the problem with genre fiction. The first few that you read are great, and then you read a few more and the formula starts to smack you on the head. Which ones you love just depends on which ones you read first. This is especially true of Fantasy fiction, but even more so for YA Paranormal Romance. If I was a graph nerd, I could show you on a daggy graph how m ...more
Sandy
I picked up the sequel, Secrets and Shadows, and I realized I remembered almost nothing from 13 to Life, so I thought I'd read it again. What a mistake. Rereading 13 to Life only reminded me of the three things I hated about it when I read the book the first time.

1. LAMEST. PLOT. DEVICE. EVER. Jessie likes Pietr. Pietr likes Jessie. So Jessie "unselfishly" tells Pietr to be with her best frenemy, Sarah, because that's the "honorable" thing to do. What is honorable about telling the boy you love-
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Renee
Aug 01, 2010 Renee rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Renee by: Goodreads First Reads
Ah, Goodreads First Reads program. It was nice knowing you.

Despite the high GR average, this is not a good book. The writing is distractingly bad, so that I couldn't finish it (and I devoured the Sookie Stackhouse series, where someone's penis is referred to as "Mr. Happy"). Sentences like
"I stepped forward, slipping between observers until I stood intimately close to Pietr, and before I realized what I was doing, my hand was touching a wicked-looking scar that started at his side and twisted cr
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Charisma
You probably already read a number of reviews on this book. Some were bad, some - undoubtedly - great. What would be the point of describing it once more? Let me introduce another view of the novel... From the point of view of a person with Russian-Ukrainian-Polish background on the topic, well... the main character supposedly belonging to the same ethnic group.


OK, here is the deal... It is possible for second/third generation immigrants to transform their first and last names to something that
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Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Sigh. This had been on my tbr list for a while. I really wanted to like it. No, you don't understand, I REALLY wanted to like it. I think that was the problem, I had my hopes up way too high.

Mainly, this book annoyed me. I don't know what in the world is up with love triangles. I mean, was there a writers convention somewhere that sold authors on the idea that love triangles were going to be the next hottest thing? If not a conference, then maybe a memo. There had to be a memo. I abhor love tria
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D.J.
Jun 22, 2010 D.J. added it
13 to Life was one of those books I simply COULD NOT wait for. Everything from the cover to the plot captivated me. Shannon Delany's friendliness also fueled by anticipation.

For starters, Jess is an extremely likable narrator and character. She's funny, smart, and a kind-hearted person. She entangles herself in a web of lies, but in my opinion, her lies were spun with good intentions. Her love of vampire novels is amusing since vampires are currently all the rage. I admire her ability and willi
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~Tina~
13 to Life was a good read.
I found the main character Jessie to be refreshing. She didn't swoon over the guy and fall in love with him as soon as she meet him right away so I thought that was nice, and while I liked all characters and the writing was well done I just couldn't get into the plot.
The mystery and intrigued needed more punch to it and it lacked, well, Werewolves? This is probably just me since I'm really picky when it comes to this paranormal to begin with.
All in all I liked the book
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Alex Bennett
I really knew very little before starting 13 to Life. I knew that it had something to do with werewolves, and that is all I knew. Because of that, I really didn’t have the chance to have any expectations. But what I found was a great read which I devoured, eagerly wanting more and more with every flipped page.

Jessica is a great, strong, and smart character. It was great to read such an exciting story from the perspective of someone who has a clear enough head to be smart about what’s going on ar
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Naomi
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Kate
13 to Life is an interesting start to what could possibly be an amazing werewolf series. The novel kicks off really nicely by letting the reader get to know Jess. Her background, family, etc. She is a great character who only gets better once Pietr is introduced. Pietr and Jess have amazing chemistry. The kinda of chemistry that I love to find in Young Adult novels. It is honest, raw, and took time to build. Yes, there is that almost immediate spark. But it does not suddenly jump from spark to " ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by AdrienneBe for TeensReadToo.com

They aren't supposed to like each other. It was just a new student, helpful (had no choice) current student show-him-around deal.

That went down the drain in less that a week with not much help from dark, foreign, tall, all-too-handsome, get-lost-in-his-eyes Pietr. Jess wasn't looking for a relationship; in fact, she was looking for anything but after her mom died a few months ago.

Jess is just trying to put her life back together and help her messed up f
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Stan
This is an incredible debut novel -- a must read! I had the pleasure of seeing Shannon Delany create the first draft of this on http://www.textnovel.com over the course of about 5 weeks. From the very beginning, I could tell it was going to be a hit! I particularly think readers will love Jessica, the quirky protagonist whose well-developed yet understated sense of irony makes her the perfect narrator. And you will find yourself not wanting to put the book down as you follow Jessica's adventures ...more
Kirsten
Not quite a fiver but this was the first book in a while that I was able to really get into. I was into it from the first chapter and I thought it was just a nice wuick read and I found the plot interesting. I wasn't crazy about having the book end with lots of questions unanswered but I guess if you're writing a series thats the way to bring readers back. Another problem I had was that it was too short! I wanted to keep reading for days. I think the biggest draw for me was all the Russian cultu ...more
Emilee
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My Thoughts:

In a market over-saturated with werewolves and vampires and others that go bump in the night, 13 to Life stands apart.
Shannon Delany’s debut novel is a fast-paced, quick-witted thrill ride. From page one, I was thoroughly engrossed by Jessica and Pietr’s story.
13 to Life was filled with suspense and mystery and mobsters and was so much fun to read. Jessica was an any-girl and completely relatable while Pietr was dark and mysterious and Russian, s
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Katie
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 happen
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Jennah Scott
So I'm really behind on writing this review. A while ago I put a quick blurb about the book, but it deserves much more than a blurb. I just got it back after some friends passed it around. I"m happy to report they all loved it as much as I did. It's a little worn, but isn't that what makes a good book??

When 13 to Life came out I was in need of a fresh look on paranormal. This more than satisfied that need. I can't wait for Secrets and Shadows to come out this next February.

What I like: The wolv
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Robin
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Talk about a book with a 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.

13 to Life has a great built up, not only in the connection that Jess and Pietr have, but the story as a whole. The story starts with us getting to know Jess, our main character, who's still grieving over the death of her mother. Jess lives on a small
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Kristi
Werewolves. I love them.

Things that rocked about this novel.... writing. Descriptive elements where impressive. I’m sorta picky about descriptive elements.... sometimes it’s just way overdone. But Delaney had a nice balance.

Characterization. Characterization was excellent. I may not have liked some of the characters, but they were well developed and three dimensional. There is nothing worse than reading about a flat character.

Did I mention werewolves? The lore about these werewolves was intri
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Katelyn
Jul 09, 2010 Katelyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
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. While some parts may have been predictable, other questions and curiosities were forming along the way for me, so much ...more
Kate
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Katieb (MundieMoms)
Talk about a book with a 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.

13 to Life has a great built up, not only in the connection that Jess and Pietr have, but the story as a whole. The story starts with us getting to know Jess, our main character, who's still grieving over the death of her mother. Jess lives on a small f
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Lori (Pure Imagination)
Jun 28, 2010 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lori (Pure Imagination) by: grumpybear17@msn.com
I opened this book without any expectations. Luckily within pages I loved the main character, Jessie. I say luckily because this is a werewolf book, with no werewolves. There is a lot going on in this book. but it all comes together nicely. The suspense and mystery kept me turning pages. I wish there would have been more wolfy encounters but that's just my craving for paranormal talking.

Jessie was an excellent main character. She was smart and witty. And I found her love for vampire novels to be
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Terri
Ok, I picked this book up and in roughly 8 hours finished it. I DID NOT want to put it down. I found myself in the car wishing I had brought it with me so I could read while sitting at red lights!
My favorite part was the locker room after gym class. Ahhh! Sweet satisfaction. Ugly people getting whats coming to them and what's more, Jess tried to forgive them first. The Jesus line afterwards was just...great (I have the same problem as Jess with not finding the sufficient word :)
Shannon Delany,
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Kim
I punished myself by reading the entire book and I still don't know the meaning of the title. There are so many plots and subplots to keep track of I lost interest in the characters and their "mysterious" attraction to each other. I won't be able to honestly recommend this book when my high schoolers ask if it's good...because it's not...at all. Shame on the author for even considering writing a sequel.
Jordan Deen
This book is a must read. Posting complete review to my website soon. www.JordanDeen.com

This book just gets better and better every time I read it. If you love werewolves and paranormal romances, this is the book for you! LOVE IT.
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Shannon Delany's newest novel, WEATHER WITCH (St. Martin's Press) is already available for pre-order (which both stuns and delights Delany)!

Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize i
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