Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Title: Firstlife
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Book One in the Everlife Series
Published By: Harlequin Teen (February 23, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
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… 








Believe it or not this is my first Showater book and I could literally kick my own butt beccause of it. To say the very least, I fell in love with her imaginative world, her endearing but tough characters, and the whole world she created and it makes me wonder why I waited so very long to try her.

This book is a hard one to go into detail about without spoiling anything so I will keep this review short and sweet and stick to the basics. 

This is a series you don't want to miss out on. 

If you are tired of the same old same old and want something different, fun, and that will stand out while still being well written and completely entertaining, you need to pick up this series.

No love triangles, not daunting whoa is me mean girls, or Mary Sues, this series has a touch of romance, a whole lot of action, three highly kick butt characters, and a whole lot of imagination. 

Set in a world like is both futuristic and sci fi, this book had me hooked from the very first chapter and it only got better as it went.

A stunning new series that will blow you away and leave you begging for more.




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

60 comments:

  1. I'm really glad you liked this one, Ali. I'll be reading it pretty soon and I'm excited. It sounds like it's fun and I'm so happy that there's no triangle and no drama! I'm all for 3 kick butt characters and a touch of romance. :)
    Lovely review!

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  2. Oh I Love Gena's adult series and I've been interested in widening my horizons into YA/NA thanks Kindlemom!

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    1. I so need to try her adult series now and her other YAs, I think this was so much fun!

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  3. I really love the synopsis for this book. I mean wow, that's unique. I have to check this one out!

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  4. Ali, I haven’t read anything by Showater. It’s not my usual genre, since I read mostly contemporary, but this sounds interesting. Great review! PS. I love this cover!

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    1. This was my first as well and it was a lot of fun and I agree, the cover is fabulous.

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  5. YEAH ALI!!! Welcome to the Gena Showalter fan club! WOO HOO! I can't wait to read this one. So glad there are no love triangles, mean girls or any other standard YA trope:)

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    1. There is a mean girl but she grows on you. ;) I can't wait to read more from her!

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  6. Well if it has three butt kicking characters how can I say no? Plus I love that it's a different read from the usual fare. Going on my wishlist.

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    1. Woo hoo! It is nice to have something different from the norm. ;)

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  7. I have half of her Lords of the Underworld series on my shelf. I'm trying to get them all before starting. I haven't even read her White Rabbit Chronicles yet. So many books, so little time. Glad that you enjoyed this!

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    1. The White Rabbit ones are high on my list as well. So many great books still to try!

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  8. THIS COVER!!! I'm not even sure that I want to read this, but I feel such a desire to have this displayed on my shelf. Is that weird? LOL

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  9. Okay, I'm convinced. I love a unique read without the usual tropes. Thanks for the spectacular review!

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  10. I've tried Showalter books but they just don't gel with me. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. The cover is gorgeous.

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    1. Sorry to hear that but I understand of course!

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  11. Ahhh I am glad you enjoyed this one! I've been seeing up and down reviews, but I love me some Showalter. I definitely need to give this book a shot. :)

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    1. Yeah, I can see that, it wouldn't be for everyone.

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  12. I haven't tried this author yet either. I think I should grab this one.

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  13. Great review! I love the cover and the description. I'm glad to hear it's a little different. I can't wait to get to it.

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    1. Thank you and I really hope you like it as much as I did. :D

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  14. I haven't read anything by this author either. Glad to hear you really liked this one! It does sound quite unique and interesting.

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  15. I haven't read anything by Showalter but totally intrigued now. I can't pass up fun, different and well written. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Grace, it really was all those things. I hope you like it!

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  16. I have this one on my pile for last month. It just never fit my mood and now I'm not sure how I'll fit it in. But maybe I should try a little harder. I was really unsure about it but it is different from anything I've read lately. I'm glad you enjoyed!

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    1. It will be different for sure Candace, hopefully a good different for you. ;)

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  17. Nice for your first by the author. I was curious about the story and I like the books I did read by her.

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    1. It was a nice read for a first. I definitely want to try more of her work now.

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  18. Holy crap, Ali! I'm so excited for this! Thank you, for introducing me to this!! I just preordered it.

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  19. I'm glad you liked this one Ali! It sounds really good and I had been waiting for reviews on it from my feed. Yay for no love triangles or those cliche mean girls!

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    1. There is a mean girl of sorts at the beginning but not for long and yes, definitely no love triangles.

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  20. This one does sound interesting. I haven't read anything from this author yet, but maybe I will have to start here!

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  21. I was nervous about this one. Showalter and I have a weird relationship. I either love or hate her books..it's so weird. I will be adding this :)

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    1. Oh gosh, I hope this falls into the first group then for you Kim.

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  22. It sounds fantastic. I just tried to buy the audio book, but then I saw the published date and realized I cannot get it yet :). Great review Ali!

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  23. Aw yay! I'm so excited you tried her out! She's amazing. Has some stellar adult series too :D

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    1. I will definitely be trying them as well. ;)

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  24. I just got this and I'm excited by the unique sounding premise - keeping my fingers crossed that I love it as much Ali :)

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  25. Oh I can't way I'm familiar with this one, but I'm glad it didn't have all the normal tropes you'd read from all the YA novels out there. Great review, Ali!

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  26. This does sound familiar to me. I have only read one novella by this author but own a few of her paperbacks. I am intrigued with this now that I read your review. Glad it was a good one for you :)

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  27. I'm so glad you tried a Showalter book!! I adore her books ( I still have plenty of hers to read myself though) and I can't wait to read this one. I'm so glad you loved it and now I'm looking forward to it even more. :D

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    1. I really am glad I did as well, I can't wait to read more. ;)

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  28. Whoo hoo! ARC review! *dances* I'm so glad you liked this one! I had no clue it was coming out! How do you stay on top of things so well?! So impressed!

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    1. Lists and more lists LOL! I would be lost without them. ;)

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  29. OMG, this is a Showalter book!!! You need to try her other series. She is so good.

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  30. I've never read anything by her either. Your review has me wanting to go and grab something now :)

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    1. Thanks Ellen, I hope you like her too.

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