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Firstlife (An Everlife Novel Book 1) by [Showalter, Gena]
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Step 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1351 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (1 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016NRW6SC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Firstlife – By Gena Showalter

“Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven, eight, nine.”

There’s not much more I adore than incredible novels. Except maybe my kids other than that I pretty much put my life on hold to read novels like this.

What else can you do when you’re trapped inside an incredible adventure? You have to finish it right? Sleep can go … well I’ll keep this rated PG.

That’s what Firstlife is - an incredible adventure filled with gorgeous details that no doubt took hours upon hours of research – a quality that segregates the great from the mediocre.

And I really, REALLY love when I can say the story is a gorgeous as the cover.
Which speaking of…I totally need this paperback on my shelves!

Firstlife shows just how incredible Gena’s wild imagination is. She conjures up a fantasy- unlike most- that has a very real feel to it. And lessons to learn, I do LOVE life lessons!

I had about four hours sleep last night thanks to this bad boy.


“The number of directions I can go. North, east, south and west.
Four elements. Earth, water, fire and wind. And in my song:
Five times four times three, and that is where he’ll be.”

I love the numbers game in this book and the rhymes, but what I love most is the effort that Gena went to, and the way she made me remember that great authors are out there, and most importantly great novels.

This is great. Epic. Big screen worthy for sure. I cannot wait for the next instalment and you shouldn’t wait to read the first.

No book is perfect, but this book… well it’s pretty darn close.

Rating - *****

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First Life by Gena Showalter was an amazing book to read! Tenely Lockwood or "Ten" is a 17 year old girl who has to figure out where she wants to live when she dies, Troika or Myraid. Her parents sent her to a facility called Prynne Asylum. There she is locked in and people try to force her to sign with Myraid but she is strongwilled and refuses. Eventually she escapes and has to figure out how to survive long enough to choose a relm or she will go to the worst place imaginable... Many Ends. (Those who remain unsigned at death enter the Realm of Many Ends, a place with constant pain and suffering.) I loved Ten, she’s smart, she’s extremely stubborn, and she learns from everything that happens to her – even the torture somehow builds her up rather than tear her down.
The plot has references to spirits, souls, reincarnation, and of course one could compare the two realms to heaven and the Realm of Many Ends to hell. So there are quite a few religious undertones found throughout the novel.
Written in first person point of view from Ten’s perspective, the novel managed to keep me at the edge of my seat, because I was truly right there next to Ten, through her many, many pains, and her few victories. There is romance and even a possible love triangle, but it didn’t take anything away from the main plot or story, and managed to show that both possible romantic characters were viable.
The book ends with a pretty big cliffhanger and looks as though the sequel will pick up right from where it ends. I'm looking forward to the next book. I was given this book by my niece as a gift - she's 19 - and it is definitely a YA novel of the best kind.
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I am a huge fan of Gena Showalter and her White Rabbit Chronicles. I haven’t had the chance to read any of her other books, but do have quite a few in my collection. When I learned of Firstlife being released, I was super excited to read such a unique book that held me captivated until the very end. I’ll be honest, I was a little confused about the whole firstlife and everlife worlds and the afterlife. There were so many elements happening at once that I was little muddled about what would happen and when, spirits or humans or none.

Tenley Lockwood or Ten to her friends, is a seventeen-year-old girl that has been incarcerated for the past thirteen months. She is an inmate at the Prynne Asylum and is counting down her days until her release on her eighteenth birthday. Ten is a numerology girl, everything she sees, reads and thinks has a formula of numbers in it.

Ten’s story:
17 = years of age – existed
1 = boys she’s dated
2 = friends she’s made and lost since being in the whack shack
2 = lives she’ll live
2 = number of choices she has for her eternal future (1. Do as her parents say; or 2. Suffer)

There are two realms, Myriad: boasts about autonomy, bliss, indulgence. Firstlife is a stepping stone to the Everlife. Everything happens for a reason and when they experience 2nd death, death in the Everlife, their spirit returns to Earth to fuse with another spirit. They are willing to negotiate a contract to win over a human.
Troika: structure, constant study, absolute conformity. Firstlife matters as much as Everlife. Fate is a myth. When they experience 2nd death, they enter the REST, never to be seen by human or spirit again.
The two realms are complete opposites and have been at war with each other for centuries.
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