Sunday, October 17, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - 13 TO LIFE by Shannon Delany

Title:  13 TO LIFE
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: Paperback 308

Acquired:  Personal Purchase

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Description (from Goodreads):

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.


Firstly, this book was a great quick and easy read. I read quite a few intense books prior to picking up this one and it was a refreshing change. Being quick and easy by no means makes a "fluff" book. I started reading it, was very pleased with the ease in which I became engrossed and then didn't want to put it down. I sunk into the couch, feet up and let Shannon Delany take me through a story of trust, trouble, love and a bit of adventure.

The male lead, Pietr is Russian.  I admit I did have trouble at first conjuring up my best Russian accent for him!!! Never fear, he still came out gorgeous !!  The life changing circumstances he faces are huge and one in particular will no doubt lessen is his life expectancy........or will it??!!!

Jess makes a great lead, though I did feel like grabbing her by the shoulders and giving her a darn good shaking - "wake up you silly girl.....don't let this life, or that hotty Russian pass you by", I would yell at her!!  Stuck between her at times loyal and long standing crush on school jock Derek and new guy Pietr - her decision was made for her.

Derek was in the story and then.....poof! Gone!  I don't think we have quite seen the end of Derek or for that fact a couple of the characters that Shannon introduced, toyed with and then not to mention again.  There were certainly aspects that seemed to scream out "SEQUEL!" 

My only disgruntle with this book is the way it ended.   Yes I know there is going to be a sequel - that much was stated on the last page of the book!  It's just that it ended, kaput, finito, all over red rover.....there is so much left hanging and unanswered. It was almost like some one had ripped out the last 2 chapters of my book - just didn't feel it should have finished where it did.  Closure - none!

Regardless of the way in which the book ended, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it (twice now!!) and are very much looking forward the sequel.


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