Sunday, March 27, 2016

Book Review: Firstlife

Title - Firstlife
Author - Gena Showalter
Series - Everlife #1
Genre - Dystopian Young Adult
Published - February 23rd 2016
Publisher - Harlequin Teen
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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… 
Tenley has been forced to choose where she will live after her first life comes to an end. Forced to choose one of two realms the one her parents are aligned to or the one her grandparents are aligned to.
Tenley has spent the last 13 months locked in a facility that tortures her pushing her to make the right choice and choose the one her parents are aligned with. Tenley has seen her friends disappear, lost a boyfriend and been bullied by the other patients.

When two guys show up at the facility each one is determined to win her over rivals from the very beginning. When an escape attempt actually ends up with Tenley and Sloan on the outside it might just give her the chance to figure out where she really belongs. Choosing which one will be where she spends her eternity doesn’t just affect herself but it could change the balance of the realms.

I like Tenley even though she is forced to choose her future which will change her life forever at such a young age. Her life has been rough right from the start she’s been forced to deal with torture and tragedy and death before even leaving the facility. I wasn’t sure about the guys both Archer and Killian are unique and each one has something to offer her but deep down I knew who my favorite was. I admit I was shocked to see how her relationship with Sloan played out after everything they dealt with.

I’ve been anxiously waiting to read Firstlife since it arrived in the mail and talked the girls easily into read it for bookclub. I found the concept unique an interesting play on what happens after you die and start your new life in one of two factions. It was an emotional read right from the start Tenley has a tragic past that only makes her stronger in resisting what’s really going on. I found her to be a likeable character even though she’s kind of in the middle of a love triangle between two unique guys. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles but I found this one works well together it’s filled with twists that kept me guessing till the very end. I’ve loved the author’s writing style it’s beautifully written creating a unique captivating story. I actually found Firstlife intriguing an action packed adventure that was hard to put down. I had to know what would happen next and I can’t wait for the next one. 

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