STAND TOGETHER OR FALL ALONE.
THE FATE OF THE EVERLIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE.
At seventeen years old, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood had to make the ultimate choice—where to live after she died. Loyalty to her selected realm has not wavered…until now. She is out of time. Sacrifices must be made, and a terrible price must be paid. But is she too late?
As the Everlife descends into darkness, a single truth becomes clear: Troika and Myriad must unite—or perish. In order to bring sworn enemies together, Ten must enter forbidden territory…and destroy the powerful Prince of Ravens. But there’s only one way inside—bonding with Killian Flynn, a deadly rival who sets her blood aflame.
When nothing goes as planned and betrayal leads to the edge of utter defeat, Ten and Killian will have to rebuild trust from the ashes of their hearts. Victory seems impossible, the odds stacked against them. In the end, how far will they be willing to go for the sake of their realms and the Everlife?
You can find my review of Firstlife & Lifeblood by clicking the names. These reviews were written around a year ago, so don’t judge!
I really like the cover of these books. The simple hour glass with Myriad & Troika displayed inside. This one I think shows Myriad as it looks like a brighter version of Myriad from the front cover of Firstlife, the first book in the series.
I said in my earlier reviews that Gena Showalters writing was alright, but in this one not so much! You can definitely tell she is an Adult Paranormal Romance writer. Sometimes it is a little too much for me. I am not a romance reader at all and I generally don’t like fantasy books that have a tonne of romance or if the romance overtakes the plot. In the last two books, I was able to ignore the excessive romance and focus on the world and plot. In this one, it was a lot harder to ignore. Especially when you are reading from Killians POV. In the last half of the book during Killians POV, if he doesn’t mention his love, worry or anything else about Ten once, it was mentioned 5 or 6 times PER PAGE!!! It was so over the top and it was infuriating! We get it, he loves her!!!
Seriously, here are some quotes from a double page spread towards the end.
“She’s so strong, so determined”
“Seeing her weakened like this hurts me”
“Before my wife is harmed irreparably”
“I can help Ten without compromising our goals”
“Ours. Not just hers. I’m in it to win it.”
“My heart wants to jump out from behind my ribcage and rest at Ten’s feet.”
“I will save her, and if need be, I will not be nice about it”
“Mess with Ten, suffer”
“I am Ten’s man”
Every second thing he thinks is about Ten and if he said ‘I am Ten’s man’ one more time I would have thrown the book across the room!
Ten’s POV was a lot better than Killian. Even though she mentions him occasionally, it isn’t excessive and always has a reason for thinking about him.
I also wanted to talk about the sexual scenes/discussions that occur. The writing on those occasions was honestly cringe-worthy. Also, can we talk about that they have sex on a rock in the middle of a forest in Many Ends where anyone could be around and while they are meant to be saving the people trapped in Many Ends?!
Anyway, some of the descriptions in this book are not appropriate to a YA book, at all! I was even like, you have gotta be kidding me’ and I am a 20! Also if Ten referred to her reactions to Killian as ‘purr’ or ‘mewl’ one more time I was going to lose my shit.
Also, those constant corny compliments were just too annoying!
Let me share some more quotes, shall I…
(These quotes aren’t just all from that particular sex scene either)
“I can touch you now, why don’t you get on your knees and drink me down, baby.”
‘I mewl and purr as I writhe into his touch’
“I’d say you are too good tae be true, but I’d rather spend my time enjoyin’ you”
“Maybe I need to have an X inked over my heart. X marks the spot, and X stands for the numeral Ten.”
“Seems I’ve been buryin’ my treasure in the wrong places. But that’s about to change, yeah?”
‘New mewls leave me..’
‘When he claims me as his own…’
The plot was predictable and unrealistic.
This bit may be kinda spoilery, so be warned.
I know this is a fantasy book so realistic is the last thing I should be thinking of. But the fact that absolutely everything works out, in the end, is annoying. Everyone that dies comes back, everything works out as planned and everyone is happy! Oh and lets not forget that basic every character has a perfect and cute relationship in the end.. So yes unrealistic is the only way I can explain it.
So I have already touched on Killian’s obsession. But besides that, he isn’t a bad character. There is a lot of development with his character over the book due to something that happens at the beginning of the book. So that was enjoyable to read.
Ten is an awesome character for the most part. She is determined, loyal and sassy. but she was also kinda flat and typical as a character! ‘The perfect girl’.
As for the other characters, I have nothing to say. I didn’t really have any connection with any of them and they were undeveloped.
Overall I was disappointed. I enjoyed Firstlife & Lifeblood a lot, it was over a year ago, so I don’t know if this one is actually a lot worse than the first two or whether I judge differently now. But either way, this did not meet my expectations.
The writing was kinda bad, the romance was irritating, the sex scenes were cringy as hell and I wish we didn’t have Killians POV at all. I would have been okay with just Tens. The plot was predictable and just meh. The characters were typical and the side characters were undeveloped. I wanted so much more from this book!
I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Harlequin Teen & NetGalley for this opportunity.
I received an eARC, but I also purchased a paperback copy of this book for myself as I thought I was going to love it and wanted to complete the set. All the quotes were taken from the finished copy, not the ARC.
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