Review: Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter

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Goodreads Summary:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.


My Review

Reading book two of the Everlife series was so long overdue! I had to reread Firstlife to make sure I had all my facts straight, and I’m most definitely glad that I did! Lifeblood was a good addition to the series, not fantastic by any means, but definitely enjoyable.

Lifeblood continues the events of Firstlife as if book one had never ended. Now that Ten has died and made her decision to join Troika, she must learn to quickly adapt to her new way of life. Unfortunately, there is quite the learning curve to be conquered, as she meets more allies yet encounters even more potential foes. Throughout it all, her love for Killian remains steadfast, but neither of them can deny the impending clash between Troika and Myriad. Killian will soon have to make the choice between his love for Ten and his loyalty to Myriad.

I most definitely appreciated the way in which Troika was constructed. The entire concept is still so exceptional to read about and experience. I love the idea of there being these places you go before your “second death.” Furthermore, my fondness for Killian grew much greater in this second installment. I must admit, I was kind of on the fence with him after reading book one, but no more. I love his relationship with Ten, its sweet and selfless beyond compare.

My only qualm with Lifeblood involves the redundancy of plot events. It felt like a lot of developments were on repeat with a few details changed here and there. Essentially, Ten gets a new mission, things go unexpectedly, and a battle breaks lose between Troika and Myriad again. I can’t tell you how many times that happened. It just sort of lost its excitement over time. I still enjoyed the book don’t get me wrong, but it was far from amazing. Nevertheless, I love this world that Showalter has created, and all that comes with it. I will most certainly be reading book three soon.

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EVERLIFE Synopsis:

STAND TOGETHER OR FALL ALONE.

THE FATE OF THE EVERLIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE.

At seventeen years old, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood needed to make the ultimate choice—where to live after she died. Loyalty to her selected realm has not wavered…until now. The numbers-obsessed Conduit is out of time. Sacrifices must be made, and a terrible price must be paid. But is she too late?

As the Everlife descends into darkness, a single truth becomes clear: Troika and Myriad must unite in the end—or perish. As a way to bring sworn enemies together, Ten must enter forbidden territory…and destroy the powerful Prince of Ravens. But there’s only one way inside—bonding with Killian Flynn, a deadly rival Laborer who sets her blood aflame.

When nothing goes as planned and betrayal results in the edge of utter defeat, Ten and Killian must rebuild agree with from the ashes in their hearts. Victory seems not possible; the odds stacked against them. In spite of everything, how far will they be willing to go for the sake in their realms and the Everlife?

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EXCERPT:

The identity of our intruders clicks. Two Troikan Generals: Shamus Campbell and Luciana Rossi. Behind them, four La­borers I’ve never met. A total of six invaders.

6: symbolizes beauty and high ideals. The sixth sense: ESP. The sixth astrological sign in the Zodiac: Virgo.

Focus! A soft pitter-patter of footfalls echoes outside the cave. More TLs?

Killian isn’t safe.

Panic claws its way up the ridges of my spine, and my blood f lash-freezes. I strain with all my might, desperate to move, but my body refuses to cooperate. Every attempt to raise my arms threatens to pop my shoulders out of joint. I don’t care. Nothing will halt my efforts.

“Kill, kill.” Between each command—desire?—Killian snarls like a wounded animal. “Kill!”

Shamus, a big, barrel-chested redhead with pale skin and countless freckles, slams a fist against his armor-clad chest to gain my attention. His dark eyes are narrowed, a muscle jumping in his jaw. “What did you do, Miss Lockwood? And do no’ tell me nothin’.” His accent is similar to Killian’s.

Luciana, a slender brunette with lovely brown skin and startling gray irises, backs away from me, horror contorting her expression. “I’ll tell you what she did. She doomed us all.”

Doomed…

Is she right? She can’t be. She just can’t.

I look down at Killian. My new husband is pulling at hanks of his hair.

Hopes, falling from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.

“Out,” Shamus snarls at the TLs. “Now.”

All four soldiers rush from the cave without protest.

I stiffen. The General has evened the odds. Two against two. A foolish move for a war-seasoned veteran. Unless he got rid of any witnesses…

Willing to use my body as a shield, I push through the pain—snap. My shoulder does pop out of joint. Or maybe back into joint. Air wheezes from my lungs. Worth it! Finally, I can move. I crawl toward Killian, every inch I gain only adding fuel to an already blazing fire of agony.

Can’t stop. No, won’t stop. Determination drives me. I only wish it gave me wings.

“Kill. Must kill.” Killian is lost in a world of his own.

“You won’t be killing anyone, you son of a Myriad troll.” With a hand curled around the hilt of a sword, Shamus stalks toward him.

“Stop! He doesn’t know what he’s saying right now.” My voice is barely audible, my gaze locked on my love. So close, yet so far away. Desperation slams a spike straight through my heart.

Any other day, I would have used the comm built into the forearm of spirit and Shell. With the press of a few buttons, it could transport me to Killian’s side and, as long as some part of me is touching some part of him, whisk us both somewhere else. Somewhere safe. Like a fool, I disabled the device to hide from fellow Troikans while meeting with Killian.

I should have known they’d find me one way or another.

“Stop,” I repeat, even as I gain another inch. “That’s an order.” As a Conduit, I outrank the Generals. As a newbie to the Everlife, however, my exalted rank doesn’t really mean squat.

“We can’t hurt him,” Luciana grates. She extends her arm, stopping Shamus in his tracks. “You’ve effectively tied our hands, Miss Lockwood.”

Though the shadows are no longer slithering through my mind, I’m not exactly thinking straight. I struggle to make sense of her words, finally throw in the towel. “I don’t understand.”

“You bonded to him, did you not?” She spits the words, as if they taste foul in her mouth. “That bond forces us to spare Myriad’s favorite butcher and watch as you, one of only two Conduits, slowly descends into madness.”

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About Gena Showalter:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours!  Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

This meme is hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl.

Some of these books, I’m very disappointed to say I don’t remember much about. Although, I haven’t read some of them in years! I do remember the basic plot and certain accompanying details, and regardless, I know that I enjoyed most all of them immensely!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals

This meme has moved from The Broke and the Bookish to The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is definitely a tricky one. And quite honestly I know I’m only going to be able to reach these during the first half of the year. I potentially could start Physical Therapy school in the Fall, but if that doesn’t pan out, then I will for sure be starting in the early  Summer. Thus, I have a limited window to really delve into all things bookish. So I will do my best with what I have.

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1. Read more:  This kind of goes without saying, but I really plan to this time. My life leading up to my undergrad graduation was absolute insanity, and my reading habits went to SH**. I was sad at how little I was able to read this past year. That will definitely be changing in 2018. And you know what? It already has!

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2.Explore more blogs: I can’t wait to dive back into my news feed and actively read more book reviews. I honestly cannot remember the last time I did that on WordPress. I know, I’m ashamed.

3. Post more to my Bookstagram: I am most definitely a mediocre bookstagrammer, but I sure do love taking book pics and seeing everyone else’s creativity shine through the books they love. I have already started to commit to posting to it a few times a week! Give it a follow if you’d like: @escapeinsidethepages

4. Post more on my blog: another one that goes without saying. I’d like to start posting more than just book reviews. Sometimes it’s nice to just talk about life. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting since graduating college, and I’d love to share some of that with you guys.

5. Read the books I said I was going to read last year: need I say more?

6. Do more Top Ten Tuesday Posts: well look at that, I’m already making good on my word….

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7. Finish Rereading Harry Potter….Again: This is waaaaaay over due. I stopped my reread of the HP series back in Spring of 2017. I am on book 5 again. Granted I’ve read each of these books all at least twice, some 4 times, but I needed to finish them in order. I also really enjoyed writing my book vs movie posts as I finished reading them, so I’d really love to get back to them.

8. Be sure not to forget to read while in PT school: I want to make sure that no matter how stressed out I get during PT school, that I always have a book to come back to at the end of the day. A book to escape to (pun intended) when the going gets tough. Cause that’s truly what helps keep my sanity, and I’m going to need it during what is sure to be the most difficult (but gratifying) time of my life.

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9. Write more: I have a side-project book that I’ve been gradually adding to over the past four years. Unfortunately, it’s rare that I get inspired to add more to it. I would love to finally sit down and add more to the story.

10. Share more of my daily bookishness with social media: I figure, while I have the time to, might as well share more bookish shenanigans with the world. I’m really terrible about actively tweeting or posting to my insta-story, so here’s hoping I can find more reasons to share. I want to be more active with my fellow readers overall.

 

Review: The Next Together (Next Together #1) by Lauren James

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Goodreads Summary:

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…


My Review

The Next Together was unlike any other book I’ve read! The concept of past lives and destined love hooked me from the start!

Lauren James took the plunge and wrote this book from three simultaneous time periods from the perspectives of three different versions of the two main characters. Pretty crazy right? I admit, at times it was difficult to keep up with! The concept of time and how the past influences the future can get jumbled when the two start to blend. What was the most unique were the documents and IM images scattered throughout the chapters. It added a fun and more detailed take on the story events.

As the plot thickened, I had more and more questions that needed answering. Who was controlling the two characters? Would they finally live through this lifetime? And why was this happening to them? Unfortunately, not all of my questions were answered, and I was left feeling a little unsatisfied by the conclusion. Certain aspects were confusing and unclear, and I felt like I needed so much more to happen before the story could just end. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated the characters and the concept, but I wanted more. I wasn’t able to form a real bond with the characters because I never figured out the truth behind their terrible situation!

I can only hope for more answers from the next book! If you are looking for a unique scifi story, then I would definitely recommend The Next Together! The concept is genuinely different, and the transition through time is utterly intriguing.

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Review: The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

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Goodreads Summary

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
l anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.


My Review

Before I get started, let me just say that I was not aware I was reading (or listening in this case) to the last book in the series until I was about 3/4 of the way through it. My bad. But honestly, I think I might have self sabotaged this series by listening to it on audiobook instead of just reading it. I just couldn’t really get into this book, I found myself indifferent through about 50% of it.

The Death Cure picks up with Thomas back in a cell in the hands of WICKED yet again. I mean come on it’s the constant cat and mouse situation with these books. The plot line is just so darn redundant. Before ya know it, Thomas and the gang are fighting back against their captors and escaping once more into a world that is still foreign to them, having not yet gained their memories back in their entirety.  As their lives become increasingly threatened, new secrets are revealed that change the game entirely.

This third and final book had so much potential to be amazing, and don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of plot reveals, some of which were emotionally heart wrenching, and others were just flat out predictable. I really wish I could have become more invested in the story and the characters, but I just wasn’t. I expected the ending to be a lot more spectacular and it was certainly intense, but it was also over before I knew it. The story ended and it wasn’t really a resolution, it was kind of a half assed conclusion if I’m being honest.

The Maze Runner was a thoroughly okay series, I loved the first book, but I couldn’t help but feel that as the series continued it fell into an endless loop of the same plot developments disguised as a new additions to the story.

If you’re looking for your typical apocalyptic series with a satisfying enough ending, then I would recommend you read The Death Cure. Buy it on Amazon here.

 

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IF WE FALL by K.M. Scott is now live. It is a contemporary romance title and is the final book in the Corrupted Love series. Check out the teasers and buy links below to grab your copy now!

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If We Fall by K.M. Scott
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Synopsis:

The thrilling conclusion to the Corrupted Love Trilogy, a new unforgettable romance by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!

If we fall…

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I’ve protected Serena from everything I could in her father’s world, but with each horrible act he committed, I knew the time would come when protecting her wouldn’t be enough. When that day comes and it’s either Robert or me who survives, I will do what I have to so the woman I love and my child are safe.

May heaven help me.

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Every day I grow stronger as the child Ryder and I created grows inside me. I’m no fool, though. I know my father will do everything in his power to keep his control over us. But I’m not that scared little girl I used to be anymore, and the time is coming when he will realize that.

We’re fighting for even more than love now. This time, we’re fighting for family.

 

EXCERPT

I knocked softly on the door frame, and he looked over at me wearing one of those crocodile grins that still terrified me because I knew what they meant. Someone was going to be in a world of hurt soon, if his past behavior was any indication. Probably me.

“Ryder, please come in. No need to knock. This is your home. You’re always welcome here.”

Said the spider to the fly.

His smile and the tone of his words didn’t match one another—a sure sign of a psychopath—but I braced myself for whatever might come next and stepped into his office. Two men around my size stood at their posts in front of the bookcase and another stood at the back of the room near the windows. None of them appeared to even care that I’d come in, so I relaxed a little and turned my focus to Robert sitting behind his desk.

“Your overeager new guy tells me you want to see me,” I said with probably too much cockiness for my own good.

Behind me, I heard the man come into the room and stop at the door to take his position where I used to. I turned to throw him a glance to let him know I still didn’t appreciate the way he’d talked to me outside and then looked back at Robert.

“So are we going to do this or not? I figure this time you might not stop at just a beating, but it seems shitty to take a newborn baby’s father from him not two days into his life.”

No matter how much bravado I stuffed into each word, inside I worried that Robert planned to do just that—take me from Serena and Cayden, and not just by sending me somewhere far away. That crocodile smile he wore even now made me think these might be the last breaths I’d ever take.

But if I was going out of this world, I planned to fight like hell before it happened. I had too much to lose now.

He stood from behind his desk, and I reached for my gun, knowing the four men surrounding me did the same. I didn’t care that the odds were against me. If I could get off one good shot, at least Serena and Cayden wouldn’t have to live under Robert’s rule another day of their lives. My life for that was a trade I could accept.

Robert raised his hands as that smile slid from his face. “There is no need for guns, gentleman. Ryder, you’re among family here.”

I’d seen what his version of family meant. That’s why I carried a gun.

He offered me a seat in front of him in one of those red leather chairs. “Please, sit down. This is a happy day for both of us.”

Looking around, I saw the four men had returned to their jobs and weren’t paying attention to us anymore. “A happy day? Are we talking about my son’s birth or something else?”

“Sit, Ryder. Please.”

I slowly lowered myself into the chair closer to the door and tried to look relaxed, but Robert’s strangely happy mood confused me. I’d disobeyed him and betrayed him. There was no reason to believe he wouldn’t exact his retribution for that.

The only question was when.

 

 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she’s been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she’s not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.

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