Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Title: Firstlife
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Pages: 480
Format: ARC
Source: ALA Midwinter
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy  




ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE. 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 home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…





I have not had the chance of reading a Gena Showalter book in years. I know the word years may seem as exaggerating but I am being completely honest. It is not because I did not find her books to fit my interest but I just had so much other books being added to my pile and I lost track of time. Sometimes I wish I could stay at home and read all day but then I think I am probably not the only one who thinks that.

The idea of this book captured my attention but the cover is what really made my heart skip a beat. I think when I saw this book on the shelf at the Harlequin stand the one picture that comes to mind is this…



In the story we follow Ten who we find out to be is in her first life and she has to make the decision to go with either Troika or Myriad. With both sides in a war Tens signature has the power to end the war. However, Ten isn’t ready to make her decision and there is only so much time that either side will wait before deciding that if they can’t have her, no one will.

Ten is just an amazing character for me. We first meet her in this facility her parents send her to, to help persuade her to make a decision in their favor. In other words she is tortured to some extent. So my question is, are her parents really doing this in her favor or in theirs. So right from the start I am hoping her parents die. I know ruthless of me.

Ten, however, has better things to do than stay locked up in a facility so after escaping she is on the run and with new friends and Troika and Myriad’s top laborers fighting to get her on their side, Ten’s world is about to be changed and maybe her idea of staying undecided will change.

I have to admit that I did not speed through this book as I thought I would but I am glad that I took time with it and let my mind ponder on the things that were happening. I felt more and more excited every chapter and I did not ever know what was going to happen next. The ending was crushing for me. I thought things were sometimes supposed to end on a good note but that was definitely not the plan Gen Showalter had for this book.

I am glad I had the chance to read this beauty and I am so looking forward to the next book and see where this series goes. If you are looking for a new bestseller book from the infamous Gena Showalter, this is the book for you. It will leave you on your seats begging for me.

I give this book 4 souls!






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