Friday, February 5, 2016

FirstLife by Gena Showalter (Everlife, #1)

Firstlife
by Gena Showalter

My rating: 4 stars


Series: Everlife - Book 1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
ISBN-10: 0373211570
ISBN-13: 978-0373211579
Genre: YA Fantasy
Hardcover: 480 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 
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…

  
FirstLife by Gena Showalter (Everlife, #1)


Firstlife (Everlife, #1)Her Firstlife was only a dry run for her eternal life, a place called the Everlife. Tenley Lockwood must choose the realm she will commit to and her refusal to pick begins a chaotic journey fraught with death, blood, battles and deceit. Choosing is an eternal thing and Ten will not be forced to commit, no matter what, but if her heart gets entangled, will it color her decision? Two realms, the Troika and the Myriad battle for her soul, because she may be the deciding factor in the eternal fight between dark and light. Both realms are flawed, filled with treachery and Ten’s position as a pawn in this eternal tug of war is a fascinating twist that only Gena Showalter could pull off and make it look easy.

Prepare for one strong-willed, yet terrified teen who has become a warrior for her own right to choose. A girl who feels the guilt of causing death, the camaraderie of those who support her and the twisted games others will play to bring her over to their side, all make for a twisted tale that one must pay close attention to every step of the way. If you have ever thought of your version of the afterlife, kick it aside and consider that Gena Showalter’s version sounds eerily realistic as the battle for souls rages on and no one is clearly the right choice. Firstlife is a strong start to an intensely intricate series filled with great characters, amazing scenes and magnetic writing.

I received an ARC edition from Harlequin Teen in exchange for my honest review.

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