Book Review: FirstLife by Gena Showalter #Review #YA #Fantasy #Dystopian

Book Review


Lot’s of mixed reviews for this book but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

Well this worked out well. I was reading this just for fun but it turned out to be a good throwback review because it has been out for a couple of years now. I got it for a steal at only $1.99 so I figured, why not? For me, it was money well spent!

Firstlife- Everlife #1 (Release Date: February 23, 2016)

Step one…you die.


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, long-time 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 that 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 where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

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My Thoughts…

The first thing that attracted me besides the fact that it was practically free, was it’s premise. The whole “Your real life begins after death…” thing struck me as very original. As I started reading it, I soon discovered that aside from that, many aspects of this story have been done before. A LOT. But aside from the usual bombardment of YA tropes, I still enjoyed it. Enough to purchase the second installment at regular price 😉

I think because I started reading this one as a book “Just for me”, I took my critic glasses off (kept my real ones on, cause let’s face it, I can’t see without them) and just read the book. As a result, I’m on the side of the fence of those who really liked it. From reading some of the reviews on Goodreads, it’s quite obvious that there is significant division between those who love it and those who hate it, with very little middle ground.

Is it the best book ever written? Hardly, the dialogue is pretty cheesy at times and like I said, there are tropes galore, but it’s also exciting, the men folk are hot, and its non-stop action. I also appreciate the fact that it’s geared towards a more mature audience.

Anyway, I liked it and will continue with the Everlife books. I’d be really interested in finding out what side of the fence you guys landed on.

Rating… B


Gena Showalter


13 thoughts on “Book Review: FirstLife by Gena Showalter #Review #YA #Fantasy #Dystopian

  1. Oh, she has written a YA title?
    I am slowly going through Gena’s adult series atm.. well… slowly but surely… YA is certainly a step in the opposite direction there 😀 but intriguing.. with that concept, I don’t blame ya for being intrigued, I am, too… hmm, maybe one of those days I shall try it out 🙂

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  2. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark

    This is a book that has been sitting in my audible library forever! I always listen to books before I go to bed, I need to remember this one! Fabulous review, thanks💜

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