Firstlife by Gena Showalter…Blog Tour Stop & ARC Review

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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…


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My Review:

Firstlife is the first book in a new series from Gena Showalter and while I’m a huge fan of Ms. Showalter’s adult paranormal series, I have never read her young adult, as the genre really isn’t my thing these days.  I’m really glad I gave this book a chance, though.  I really enjoyed it!

This is a unique read with a dark and edgy feel I liked a whole lot.  Basically how you live your life now and what side you choose now will determine how you live your afterlife, which is your real life. I loved the interesting take on good vs. evil and enjoyed Ten and the other characters. I will say that it was a bit long and at times I felt my mind wandering while I read but overall it was a well-written story with a dynamic plot and brought my attention right back.  Ms. Showalter’s world building and character development, as always, is second to none and really shined in this novel!

I have to give a quick nod to the cover art and how they did a fantastic job at representing what my mind’s eye painted while reading.  I love that!

I am eagerly look forward to see what happens in the rest of the series! Thank you. Ms. Showalter, for an interesting and thought provoking read!


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Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.


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  1. danielle hammelef says:

    I like that you think this book is unique (the synopsis makes me think this too) and that you liked it well enough to want to read the next book. Thanks for the review!

    • Hi Danielle! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review! If you decide to read Firstlife, be sure to come back and let me know how you like it!

  2. kathy valentine says:

    cant wait to read this new series!! love gena showalter!!

  3. Agree with your review, I had very similar feelings!

    • Thank you so much for reading my review and sharing your thoughts! I’m glad to hear we had a similar reading experience!

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