Book Review: Firstlife

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author:  Gena Showalter
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Series: Everlife
Genre: YA fiction/Fantasy/Dystopia
Pages: 480
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I’ve been locked inside the Prynne Asulum-where happiness comes to die-for three hundred and seventy-eight days.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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…

Cover: This cover is so amazing. I love the hourglass as the thought of time running out. And then the two worlds Myriad and Troika. It’s so simple but it is everything you need to know what the story is going to be about. I love a cover that tells the story itself.

Review The beginning was a little slow going, but being the first novel in a series, there is world building to be done. So, we learn a lot about Tenly and the world that she lives in. We dive into the torture that she has undergone and are prepared for what is to come.

When things start to pick up, I felt like I was Ten, and torn between the two afterlife realms. I mean, Myriad sounds great at first, offering Ten the world. Troika is just offering fairness. But to be honest, I think Ten knew from the beginning what realm she would choose.

Then we learn of Many Ends. The place of the unsigned. A place that no one is certain if it exist or just another scare tactic.

The ending now, was amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book while I was reading, but the ending was almost unbearable to break away from. There was so much happening and so much heartbreak in such a short amount of time. I may have actually shed a tear or two..for real…I cried.

The only real complaint I have is that I should have waited a year to read this book, because now I have to wait a year to find out what happens next.

My favorite character was probably Archer. He was just so chill through the whole book, but it’s part of the Troika mentality. They value life and they don’t take revenge. Archer was the true definition of Troika.

One thing that I loved about this book is that there was no love triangle between Tenly, Archer, and Killian. Ten never struggled between loving two boys, she struggled with choosing her future and that is something that I can completely relate to.

I have always struggled with what I wanted to do in my life, always being pulled several different ways and I guess, that is how I can relate to Ten. She has two choices set in front of her and she fears picking the wrong one. While I feel like her heart has always called her to Troika, her mind and her family have always pushed her to Myriad. And being a teenager, maybe she fears that picking Troika would just be part of her teenage rebellion faze and she will regret it as she gets older. But she feels like choosing Myriad isn’t her choice, but the choice of her family.

I have seen several people complain about Ten not making a decision, and I agree that it can get annoying, but having the time to sit back and really think about the book, we have all had this moment in our own lives. We have all struggled over a decision, we have struggled over the battle of heart and mind. Ten’s situation does not allow for her to properly weigh her choices, she isn’t give the freedom to debate over her choices, which is why we have this book and Ten’s struggle to choose what she wants in her future.

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What Are You Reading?

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Ugh, I leave for a week and come back to WordPress changing everything. I hate when they change stuff around, they give you just enough time to get used to everything and then BOOM! Everything changes. It’s annoying really.

Anyways, sorry for being away for a week. I needed to rethink some things. I think I am getting burnt out on blogging, or just tired of lacking direction. I had actually considered shutting this blog down and starting a new one, but I don’t want to lose what few followers I have now.

I realize that I haven’t done a “What are you reading?” post in a few weeks, but it’s because I was stuck on the same book. I took me way to long to get through it! But I have finally moved on!

Moving on to what you all came here for!

I am currently only reading one book. Shocker I know!

It’s A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

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Let me tell you, this is the last book in the White Rabbit Chronicles and I am so in love with it. I have flown through every single book like it was nothing. They are just so good! It’s like the perfect balance of action, story, and romance. And we all know that romance is what really drives me to read faster. I don’t know why, I guess it’s because I lack romance in my own life. Where there is a love story, you best believe Heather will be there!

If you have not read any of the White Rabbit Cronicles by Gena Showalter, I suggest you take some time out and do it now. I love it so much!

Tell me, what are you reading?

Book Review: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Talon by Julie Kagwa

Rating

4 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 28th 2014

Series: Talon

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 449

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Buy it : Amazon

First Line: “Ember, when did your parents die, and what was the cause of the death?”

Synopsis:Ember is a dragon, disguised as a human. Her task for the summer is to blend in with the humans, gain their trust, and prove to Talon that she is ready for whatever job she will be best at…for the rest of her life. Her biggest fear is that they will separate her and her twin Dante. And she hates that Talon chooses everything she does.

Garrett is a St. George soldier, trained to hunt and kill dragons. His task for the summer is to blend in with the normal humans and sniff out the dragon that is trying to pass as human. He doesn’t know the first thing about being a normal teenager and when he meets Ember he questions everything about the order and the truth about dragons.

Review: This book was pretty good. Had I actually read it instead of listening to the audio version, I would have loved it! The person reading Ember’s parts was so bland and boring. I didn’t like it.

But the story was really great. I loved the idea of dragons hiding among humans, learning everything about them, gaining their trust. I love that Ember was a strong enough character that she questioned everything she had ever been taught and saw the flaw of Talon.

Warning: Spoiler ahead. Move on to conclusion to skip spoilers. You will have to forgive me for the spoilers, but I just have to let my thoughts be heard. Last chance to move on before I let the spoilers fly free! Okay, Let’s talk about a few things that irritated me the most. Dante…he spends this entire book telling Ember that they will not be separated. He grows further and further from her. He becomes the dragon Talon wants him to be, even when Ember is trying so hard to make him see the truth. Then, when Ember is assigned her life long task, he doesn’t even bother to tell her what she is being signed up for. She has to go to someone else to find out. THEN!! He turns her in to Talon when she tries to go Rogue and take him with her. She just wants her brother to stay by her side and he turns his back on her. Way to go Dante…what a great brother you are! And then there is Garret. Oh Garret…he falls in love with Ember and still loves her after finding out she was the dragon he was sent to kill! It was so great.

Conclusion: This book is about thinking for yourself and not taking things at face value. It is about growing up in a world where everything is decided for you and questioning it to the point where you find the truth. It’s also about dragons that can take human form! Who doesn’t love a good dragon book? I think Julie Kagawa has done it again. She has opened my eyes to a whole new world and I love ever second of it! Don’t let the negative reviews keep you from giving this book a try!