EverLife #1

Reviewed by Melanie on April 25, 2017


What if this life is just the beginning. What if in the next life, the choice you make determines where you will live, the rules you live by, your job, and every part of your second life is based on your choice. One choice that determines everything. This is the life that Tenley “Ten” lives in.

Ten’s parents have placed her in an asylum to be tortured to choose their side of the next life, but Ten knows that this kind of choice requires a lot of thought and consideration. Both sides want Ten for her extraordinary skills. Both sides have their benefits and their downfalls.

I found the book to be a new take on a story as old as time. The battle between light and dark, perceived goodness and evil. It was truly refreshing and I felt like it contained a lot of strong themes and some religious undertones.

The characters are interesting, funny, smart, and adventurous. While some may think that the decision is an easy one to make, Ten understands that one decision can change your life and that like a tattoo, you have to live with it forever. The gravity of the decision and how much it ways on her, makes her a realistic character, one that is easy to identify with and some one that I would be friends with. I am looking forward to finishing this series and learning which faction Tenley pledges herself to, and where her story goes from here.

FirstLife Book Cover FirstLife
Gena Showalter
Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
February 23, 2016


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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