ARC Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter!!!

Posted February 26, 2016 by Nori in Book Reviews / 8 Comments



Imagine a world where you have to dedicate yourself to one of two realms- Troika and Myriad. Both realms are virtually the same while you’re living, but your realm affects where you go for your “second life” aka your afterlife. Tenley, the main character, has no interest in choosing one of the realms, much to her parents’ dismay. With that being said, her parents aren’t willing to let Tenley be realmless, and so they send her to an asylum to be tortured until she agrees to go to their realm. They’re great parents…right? *cough* not at all *cough*

I didn’t know what to expect going into Firstlife, and all I can say is that I’m really happy that I went in blind. FIRSTLIFE focuses on a “this or that” theme with the realms, and also with the romantic interests. Yes, there is a love triangle of sorts. It’s- well, I don’t want to give anything away. Let’s just say that there are two love interests for Tenley, and they both are enemies, which creates even more delicious tension. What can I say- I’m a sucker for tension in books. Ahhh just thinking about the bickering and bantering between them is making me smile. Personally, I was dedicated to one of them from the very beginning, but I loved seeing both of the love interests change throughout FIRSTLIFE. Neither of them were the same at the end of the book, which I loved. After all, the main character often changes in books, but the love interests? Changes in them occur less frequently.

There are so many other things that I could discuss about FIRSTLIFE because it’s one of those books that is jam packed with interesting plot twists and characters, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so I’m just going to tell you to read it yourself! I definitely recommend it and give it 4/5 stars.


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8 responses to “ARC Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter!!!

  1. I am SO glad you liked this one, Nori! I have been so worried- people either HATED it or LOVED it- and a lot of people I knew were leaning toward hate, so I am really glad that you liked it! I am also glad you were vague, I like going in blind! I think I feel confident enough to start this bad boy at some point! 😀

  2. Sarah Cone

    LOOOOVE Gena Showalter books and have been super excited since I first heard this was coming out. Thank you for the review; it can’t be easy telling how you feel about a book(and why) without giving any spoilers(aka, YOU ROCK!)
    I can’t wait til I get to read it!
    On a totally unrelated note: YAY,Sheldon GIF!! 🙂

  3. This sounds amazing! I haven’t read a book by this author before, but this one really intrigues me. I like the concept about afterlife… and the survival element seems right up my street too! I’m not sure if I’ll like the love triangle… ugh, why do they have to include love triangles? They can just be so annoying!

    Denise | The Bibliolater

  4. It seems like the indecision worked well for this one, seeing as she didn’t know which realm to choose! Again, that’s such a hard life decision to make and I can’t believe what her parents do to her to get her to choose D:

  5. Hahahha I’m the one scaring Shannon into thinking no one liked First Life. Ok PERSONALLY I don’t think I will read it because it is super intimidating, but the premise sounds amazing. And I’m glad you loved it too! This is actually the first positive review I have read? Yep.

    And yes Nori, gif use is perfect <3 🙂

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