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Firstlife (Everlife, #1) by Gena Showalter | #Review #YA

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Firstlife (Everlife, #1)  by Gena Showalter | #Review #YAFirstlife by Gena Showalter
Series: Everlife #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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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 home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…




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Firstlife is the first in a new YA series from author Gena Showalter.  I’ve heard so much hype about Showalter, but this is the first novel of hers I’ve actually read and holy crap, it did not disappoint.  If you’re a fan of Showalter’s, or if you’re just into YA Fantasy, I would definitely pick this one up, I loved it.


It’s hard to really give a synopsis of Firstlife without really spoiling anything, but I will do my best.  In the world of Firstlife you have your Firstlife, the life we’re living now, and then you have your Secondlife.  Your Secondlife can be spent in one of three places:  Troika, a realm of light; Myriad, a realm of darkness; or, if you are Unsigned when you die, the realm of Many Ends, a terrible terrifying place that no sane human should want to end up in.  Tenly Lockwood (known as Ten to her friends) has spent the past year or so locked up in Prynne Asylum, because she refuses to sign with Myriad, the realm that both of her parents have signed to. Ten is terrified of choosing a realm too early.  What happens if she picks the realm that isn’t right for her?  Humans are sent Laborers from Troika and Myriad, spirits who live in each realm and come to earth in human Shells to help persuade humans to sign with their respective realm.  Enter Killian of Myriad, and Archer of Troika, Ten’s Laborers.


So much more happened in this book than I was expecting!  Not that I expected it to be dull, but literally every moment was action packed, and so well written!  I feel like sometimes books tend to have too much action and it makes it hard to figure out what’s happening, but Firstlife doesn’t have that problem at all.  I was really wary that because both of Ten’s Laborers were boys we were going to fall into the stereotypical love triangle, and I was so happy when that’s not what happened at all.  Ten starts out hating them both pretty equally, which is fair considering the fact that they’re both trying to manipulate her into signing with their respective realm.  But as the story progresses, she grows fond of both of them, although one is in a very romantic sense and one is in a very friendly sense.


The characters were all wonderful.  Ten’s a really strong, stubborn character.  She has a weird obsession with numbers, which is a really interesting quirk that ends up coming in handy.  And while she’s strong, and does pretty well taking care of herself, she can admit when she needs help, which is nice to see in a character.  Both of the boys were amazing as well.  I’m so glad there was no love triangle in this book, because I don’t think I would have been able to choose a side.  Archer is just genuinely a good person, wanting to help people and do the right thing.  Killian, on the other hand, is the stereotypical bad boy, super attractive, girls swoon left and right at the sight of him, and really who doesn’t love a good bad boy.  Being a bad boy, he definitely has his faults as well, such as openly admitting to the fact that he’s seduced women in the past to get them to sign with Myriad, and then leaving them.  Not everyone’s perfect, right?


I can’t get over how well the book was written.  There were plenty of twists and turns, and a twist at the end that made me gasp out loud when I read it, which hasn’t happened since the final book of the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead.  I give Firstlife 5 out of 5 controllers.  Go read it and then deal with the agonizing wait for the sequel.



My Rating

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.