Firstlife – Gena Showalter

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Firstlife – Gena ShowalterFirstlife by Gena Showalter
Published by Harlequin on February 23, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Social Issues, Teen, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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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...

nothteboss Oh Gena, you have done it again. Great action, great characters and a gripping and unique plot. Firstlife has been on my radar for months and I was trying to patiently wait for publication. Then I got it and had to wait as I had some other reads scheduled first. When I was finally able to read it and I was hooked from the first chapter. I fell asleep on my couch reading it and had a hard time making myself go to bed and not pick it back up. To quote what Kristin over at Addicted to Happily Ever After said in our Twitter convo about the book – “Ten is a totally kick ass character!!”, and I could not agree more.

Showalter has a way with her writing where you can alternate laughing and crying within just a few sentences. She is able to take you on a journey through words that seem simple, but have so much behind each one. Fast paced and full of action, the story never lagged. The world created was remarkable, as there were really four worlds wrapped together and each was distinctive which takes skill. The characters were fantastic; Ten and the two male leads were well developed and unique and even the side characters were all fully formed and nuanced. The emotions ran high and, as I love, you feel with the characters not for them. I was able to join with their sorrows and joy and hurt with them when they fought.

I really enjoy Gena Showalter’s book and own almost all of them (no Alice in Zombieland though, as I am strongly anti-zombie) so I had high expectations for Firstlife. And I am happy to report that my expectations were met. I am excited to see this series build and honestly do not know where the story will lead. Additionally I do not have a deep desire for the story to turn a certain way. I will be content to follow along and see where I end up. The Everlife series is one that I can’t wait to discover fully.

My Showalter Shelf
                My Showalter Shelf

Favorite lines – I breathe through my rage. I know what happens when the emotion pulls my strings. Chaos. Destruction. Which is unnecessary. Like everything else, rage is temporary, changeable. And if I allow it to control me, I allow it to make my decisions for me. In that case, I might as well be taken over…

Biggest cliché – How can I ever choose?

 Have you read Firstlife, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted March 5, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 1 Comment

One response to “Firstlife – Gena Showalter

  1. Katrina Kinsman

    (letter for Gena)

    Dear Gena, I am a book worm and I hope to be a writer someday. Your books have inspired me to come through with my dream. I’m only 11 and I understand more than the average adult and so I get what you trying to tell us, what the book is about and I want to be able to write as magnificently as you do. In all the authors and books I’ve read (which are quite a lot) you are the biggest outlier there is. You’re my favorite author overall and you bring the fantasy and realistic level to a new level with your book. Even though the main plot may not be realistic, you find a way to draw everyone who reads your stories and can’t help but feel as if they’re in real life.

    Every time I read a book, I think of ways to make it better and more exiting, although i can find many flaws in many others authors books, there wasn’t many in yours. Just wanted you to know that in my eyes, you’re the greatest author in all the years earth has lived. I get drawn into books. I live the main character, and with your books you get me wishing that I was really living in your stories. Not because of the happy ending, but because of the battles and scars they’ve had and earned.

    For just a child I deal with more stuff daily than a regular adult in they’re lifetime, but thank you. Thank you for giving me hope again that the world isn’t all bad. And not everyone is against me…and maybe even I can find a way.