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Friday, February 19, 2016

REVIEW: Firstlife, by Gena Showalter

Firstlife (An Everlife Novel)



Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she'll live—after she dies. 

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death. 

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she's drawn to isn't where the boy she's falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

Oh my, what a story of good and evil, love, soul-searching, and coming of age. It's a unique premise, very detailed, very complex. To think that you get another chance at life, but it's based on an eternity changing choice you'll make in the first one. To essentially be free to make that choice, but both sides (and sometimes your parents) are doing everything they can--and then some--to tip the scales. I have to admit, I loved the story.


The entire book (read it on Kindle, but it's like 400+ pages in print) is about Ten not being able to choose a side, or a boy. I sped through some sections because, I get it, she can't choose. Sure the story elements kept me involved, but it just kept circling back to her not being able to choose.

That aside. The action draws you in. The fight scenes are a bit gory, and the love triangle is predictable. But there are some serious twists in the family story that surprise.

I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series. There are some holes to this story, leaving me as a reader wanting some answers and clarification.

**This book will be available for purchase February 23, 2016.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Harlequin TEEN through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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