13 to Life (13 to Life #1)
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...more
I can't do it. I can't finish it. I've tried napping, I've tried taking it to bed with me, I've tried putting it down and having a break (and a KitKat); hell, I've even tried sitting in a quiet room and forcing myself to drag my eyes across the vapid pages. But nothing works. Nothing.
This is exactly why I should always, always, always heed the advice of my dear Cillian. Oh, Cillian! Why did I not heed your virulent warning? Why did I...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
All these stories are all the same. The plots all seem to follow some fo...more
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-...more
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 :)
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...more
13 to Life is a great series opener. The book starts off slow, gradually building the characters and background story. There's not a lot of action but that's not surprising considering there's already two more installments in this series. Shannon Delany builds a solid foundation and her skillful writing style masks the slower plot pace so that it becomes irrelevant. The storyline of this nove...more
This story is essentially about relationships... all sorts of "ships"... romantic, friend, crushes, family... all interconnected... and all revolving around Jessica (aka Jessie/Jess), with a supernatural twist and Russian heritage thrown in too.
Shannon tells the story from Jessie's point of view. She is a 16 year old farm girl who recently lost her mom in a horrific car accident... an a...more
Jessica has some issues because her mother died in a car accident and her father isn't quite sure what to do with a teenage girl. She gets good grades, works on the family horse farm, and surrounds herse...more
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...more
The Rusakovas are new to town, and Jess has the honor of showing Pietr around school. He's gorgeous and brooding. It's clear all the girls are into him. And though Jess feels attracted to...more
13 to Life by Shannon Delany
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13 to Life is a YA paranormal romance novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the first book of 5 of the 13 to Life series. You know we really like books that involve love triangles…guess what? This book does...more
Delany seems to have ideas and throw them in, presumably to finish the idea in the n...more
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It’s been a long time since I’ve read a young adult paranormal fiction novel to invoke the fables of ancient times- and I’ve read quite a few. A story that invokes the senses-woodland na...more
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…
When Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can onle presume it’s for one of the 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 from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student ar...more
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...more
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Everybody has ugly days.
We're all made of the same stuff underneath.
Acting right is better than looking right.
Realize what make you special beyond looks.
Evil can look pretty on the outside.”