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.
"A unique tale with a bright heroine and dark secrets."—New York Times Bestselling YA author Maria V. Snyder
"You'll devour 13 to Life in greedy, eager gulps. Pitch-perfect and deliciously paced, this book dishes up your next fiction addiction. Shannon is a rising star!"—Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Grimspace and Doubleblind "A fun, gothic romance of suspense, secrets and the dangerous truth behind the new kid in town."—Lucienne Diver, author of Vamped and Revamped"Jessie and Pietr’s bond is sweet and real, with more than a touch of delicious danger."—Jeri Smith-Ready, Award-Winning author of Shade and Bad to the Bone"Jessica Gillmansen's junior year is already difficult because she recently lost her mother in a tragic car accident, and now she has to deal with the hot new guy at school, Pietr Rusakova, who just won't leave her alone. Things get more complicated as she deals with the aftermath of the crash, discovers she and Pietr share an odd connection, and continues her investigation of local news stories about werewolves and the Russian Mafia."—Cindy Welch, Booklist"Delany's debut launches a paranormal series with a thoughtful . . . exploration of emotionally wounded teens. Sixteen-year-old Jessica spends her days mourning her mother, mooning over football star Derek, and tiptoeing around her accident-altered best friend, Sarah. She doesn't want complications like Pietr Rusakova in her life, but doesn't have a choice when she is assigned to guide the newcomer around school. Soon Pietr and Jessica are setting off romantic sparks, but she pushes him away—Sarah has her eye on him. When Jessica learns Pietr's biggest secret—that he and his siblings are werewolves—she becomes involved in a complicated web that includes the Russian mafia, the CIA, and ticking time-bomb Sarah . . . Delany effectively probes what makes a monster, how being too selfless can be damaging to the soul, and whether it's possible to rewrite a person's personality. Readers . . . will likely be caught up in the story's potential to explode."—Publishers Weekly
Since she was a child, Shannon Delany has written stories, beginning writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill. Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock, Shannon lives and writes in Upstate New York and enjoys traveling to talk to people about most anything.
Prologue: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Rio stiffened beneath my touch, striking a glossy hoof against the floor.
“What, girl?” I asked, still fighting the tangle that snarled her ebony mane. She snorted, nostrils turning the red of fresh blood. She shook, long neck yanking the brush out of my fingers. It bounced off the opposite stall wall with a thump. “Rio!” Keeping a hand on her, I walked around to her other side and leaned down to search for the brush.