Review – Firstlife – Gena Showalter

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…



I guess this has just been the year of super good books. First I read Fangirl, and loved it so much I could cry, then Cursed Child was released and I was surprised I didn’t have an aneurysm.

But the thing is, I didn’t expect this one to live up to the hype. I saw it on Netgally as I was casually browsing. I have never requested an ARC before, but this one caught my eye. I requested it and was turned down because I had literally signed up for Netgally ten minutes prior and it was my very first one but I still never forgot about this book.

I started seeing other reviewers and bloggers raving about it so over a few months I got super excited. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble two weeks ago and read it in less than ten hours.

I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.


The entire thing reminded me of Shatter Me, even Showalter’s writing resembled Mafi’s. It wasn’t so similar that it made me uncomfortable or anything, in fact, it made me feel more invested in the characters.

Since I’ve never been satisfied with my review style, I’m going to add a new little section at the end of each one where I list things about the book you might be interested in that you already like.

Would recommend if…

  • …you like hotties with Irish accents.
  • …you are into a super strong guy/girl friendship.
  • …you like a female lead who isn’t afraid to be weak.
  • …you enjoy reading a book with multiple worlds inside.

So because The Cursed Child doesn’t count (it is in a class all its own), this book is my official favorite book of 2016. I’m calling it now.

5/5 Stars


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