13 to Life by Shannon Delany

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

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.

After reading a book like 13 to Life I have to ask myself why do I start reading a series as the first book comes out. I keep telling myself to just wait until I can read the entire series. Someday maybe I’ll learn! This book set up a intriguing story line then left us hanging at the end.

13 to Life is a debut novel for Shannon Delany. This novel is 300 pages of setting the stage for what I hope will be a great werewolf series. It moved along at a fairly fast pace but gave us lots of details and interactions between the characters in the story. We don’t even get to really see any werewolves or learn a whole lot about them until the end of the book.

I’m looking forward to the 2nd book in the series and am grateful it’s only 8 months between the release of this book and its sequel Secrets and Shadows. At least the publishers are not making us wait the normal year between books in a series.

Content: There is mild language throughout the book and a few instances of stronger language. The F word isn’t actually used but there are a couple times where the person stops short of saying it. What the f___.

Rating: 4 Stars