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Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

February 22nd, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Source: Received for review

Publication date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:




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…

My review:

This book is so tough to review because I can’t count how many times I was tempted to DNF it. The first 125-150 pages was truly painful and the only reason I kept pushing through was a friend said it got better. In the end I am glad I kept going because once the story that got going I didn’t want to put it down and by the end I wish I had book 2.

I really loved the three main characters. Ten had spunk and I am amazed how she sticks to her guns about wanting to make her own choice of where she wants to go in the afterlife. It would be so much easier for her to go along with her parents wishes and to give in to the torture she’s undergoing in Prynne but she doesn’t. Archer’s character cracked me up especially since we don’t get to truly see who he is for a good part of the book. He’s a true representative of the “Light side” aka Troika. However, the character that grabbed my heart was Killian from Myriad. I always have a soft spot for the bad boys and boy oh boy is Killian a hot bad boy. I love seeing how their characters grow and overcome all kinds of obstacles.

The story itself was intriguing and the blurb was what had convinced me to pick this book up. Like I mentioned the beginning was painful to read. Maybe it was the world building or the fact that I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a story with little explanation but I was bewildered for the first quarter. Once I started to get a feel for what was going on and the action starts to ramp up it was hard to stop reading. I loved seeing the snark and rivalry between Archer and Killian, there were some unexpected twists and turns to the story and even the supporting characters really won me over.

In the end it was worth pushing through to the end and I’m dying for the next book.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    That is the struggle with books with bad beginnings, I am tempted to put them aside and then you miss out when it gets better… Glad this rewarded you in the end!

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    I know. Usually because there are so many books I want to read if it doesn’t grab me I’ll put them aside. Thank goodness someone told me it got better.

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Yes! I have so many books on my TBR list I’m always tempted to move on.

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