6 October 2014

Book Review: 13 to Life (13 to Life, #1) by Shannon Delany

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: 22nd June 2010
Pages: 308
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Jessie, Pietr, 
Date Read: 18th September - 28th October 2014
Rating Given:
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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.

“What makes a man a man are his deeds, his responsibilities, and his reactions... These things are also what makes a man a monster.” 

I was actually gifted this book awhile back now but I have finally gotten around to reading it and I'm glad I have gotten around to reading it as it was a really good book.

I do like this cover especially with the blending more than one image into the one cover which I always think looks effective. I also love the colour as it is one of my favourite colour. Just by looking at this cover you can tell straight away what the book is going to be about which doesn't happen much any more.

It did take me a little while to get into this book as I was easily distracted about what was going on around me rather than what was happening in the book which for me is never a good thing. Once I got a little further into the story more things was happening making it more entertaining. In nearly every series I have read the first book always takes its time to tell us readers the paranormal aspect and this one was no different but there was a lot more hints of what was to come that I don't usually get. The romance side of the story kind of annoyed me as Jessie never seemed to make her mind up until it was too late. Also for most part there was no romance and then all of a sudden it was like they where together when in fact they couldn't have been as the guy was seeing someone else even if he didn't want to. I really enjoyed the second half of this book as there was a lot of things that happened with a few twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. The end was kind of good because it did leave me wanting more but there was a lot of unanswered questions.

For the most part I liked the characters. Jessie was a strong female character but she did annoy me at times as she changed her mind a lot and it usually came out of no where. I did feel for her with everything that had happened with her family life. Pietr I really liked as he was a lot more open than most male characters but obviously there was a few secrets but he did want those secrets aired with Jessie. He was always there for Jessie even when she couldn't see it which made me feel for him. I did like both of Jessie's and Pietr's family with only one exception. Max would have to be my favourite of Pietr's family as he was really funny. I thought I wasn't going to like Derek but there was a moment when I thought I wouldn't but that was cleared up and I understood where he was coming from but he was no Pietr. The one character I didn't like was one of Jessie's friend Sarah as even though a lot of the time she seemed sweet there was times when she went back to her mean ways from before her accident.

Overall it did take a little while to get into but in the end it was a good start to this series and I do look forward to seeing what is going to happen with the rest of the series.

“Beauty's only skin deep.
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.”