To Love A Hunter

Posted July 16, 2010 in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

To Love A Hunter13 To Life by Shannon Delany
Series: 13 to Life #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 22, 2010
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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…

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Cover Thoughts
Very eye catching and interesting, love the color and the use of photo manipulation with the moon and who I’m sure is Pietr’s eye. The added silhouette of a girl and trees enhance the mysteriousness of the book.  It makes me interested to know more about the story.

Review
In Shannon Delany’s debut novel we’re introduced to Jessie, our strong independent protagonist who is trying to deal with life after the horrible accident that took her mother.  When Jessie is thrust into the position of becoming a school guide to the new guy named Pietr, she finds herself dealing with the strange feeling of being drawn to him. Even though she knows that something about Pietr isn’t normal or safe. Soon she discovers the Pietr is more than your average student and the feelings she has will stir up her life more than she ever expected it to. I really enjoyed all the elements that Delany brought into the story that made it more than just a regular paranormal romance and more about self discovery with the romance an added bonus. We follow Jessie as she tries to understand what she wants to do with her future while trying to be strong for everyone around her. Through out the story Jessie tries to control everything around her, slowly sacrificing her self, little by little and I like how Pietr suddenly comes into the picture and shakes things up for her. The secondary characters really made the story more intruding and interesting to me with their back story from Pietr’s family history to the back story between Jessie’s friends. Delany made the story more intimate writing in first person and letting us see the world through Jessie’s eyes, dealing with the events and people with her.  The relationship between Pietr and Jess with their back and forth antagonizing that looks to be slowly developing into something more was great to read. As well as the growing danger that Jessie and Pietr find themselves in with not a lot of solutions. 13 to life turned out to be a great entertaining read that may become an amazing series which I can’t wait to continue to read!!

4 Stars

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