Review: Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter

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Goodreads Summary:

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…

My Review

Gena Showalter strikes again! Firstlife packs a punch in every thrilling page! It is beyond anything I’ve ever encountered before, and left me reeling as the plot progressed.

Tenley or Ten has been locked away in an asylum by her very own parents for refusing to pick the place where she will go when she dies. And I’m not talking about Heaven or Hell folks. I’m talking Myriad and Troika, two very different place with very different beliefs who have been at war with one another for as long as anyone can remember. One place made of light and one of darkness, each side is aiming to gain the most souls toward their fight. Ten is one of the few “unsigned.” If she doesn’t pick a side before she dies, then she will spend her “second life” in Many Ends: a hellish dimension filled with unknown tortures.  Fortunately for her, she has two beautiful boys, one from Myriad and Troika to help make her decision all the more frustrating and confusing.

Firstlife consisted of nonstop suspense coupled with plenty of romantic implications that left me feeling baffled as to which guy/place Ten should choose. My heart and mind were at war with one another in the same way they were within Ten. I really felt like I was struggling to make the same decision she was! There was not a single slow moment in this book, and the emotions were everywhere; I could barely keep up sometimes.

The concept of life and death are very loose terms in this story. Nothing is what it seems. The overall concept is unique and riveting leading to an unpredictable plot.  And did I mention how awesome the characters are? Showalter has such a knack for creating strong female leads. Ten is a headstrong badass, and will do anything to take care of others. She adapts to each situation that is thrown at her and takes it down.

So much happened in book one, yet there is still so much that needs to be addressed. I was left hanging by the end of Firstlife and absolutely NEED to know what’s coming next!! The sequel (to my utter dismay) does not come out until next year!!

If you are in need for a new scifi-romance with an epic twist, then you should not hesitate to read Firstlife! Buy it on Amazon here!

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