Everlife by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Everlife
Author: 
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 27th, 2018
Pages: 506 (Paperback)
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:
3 star

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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?

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You can find my review of Firstlife & Lifeblood by clicking the names. These reviews were written around a year ago, so don’t judge!

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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.

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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…’

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

You can purchase this book at any of the below links!

Harlequin Aus
eBook & Paperback

Booktopia
Paperback  /  Hardback

Book Depository
Hardback

Amazon (Aus)
Kindle  /  Hardback  /  Paperback  /  Audible

Dymocks
Paperback

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Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Lifeblood
Author: 
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 416 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:

4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

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You can find my spoiler free review for Firstlife HERE!

*Thank you to Harlequin Teen & NetGalley – I received an eBook in return for an honest review*

Checkout the book at Harlequin Teens website! Where you can also purchase the ebook or print copies!


Cover Art:

I love that this cover matches the first book so well! They are both gorgeous! I love the hourglass with Troika in the bottom of the glass with I’m assuming the Lifeblood spilling from it! It’s beautiful and fits the books so well.

Writing:

I had a few issues with the writing in this first book that were better in this book! I really enjoyed the writing in this one! I still love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I didn’t mention this in my review of firstlife, but I love that they add in messages that were sent between characters, set out like IMs! I love the additions of things like this in books, it just adds that bit extra to the story, rather than just reading about the messages in a paragraph like most books do.

I love that the descriptions of each of the places in Troika had enough info to set a basic idea what the places looked like but also allowed for the reader’s imagination to do the rest. I really enjoy that in books!

Plot:

I love the plot of this one, maybe even a little bit more than the first book! I liked that we got to explore more of Troika in this book! A lot was going on in this book! It was action packed and barely ever slow! Basically the entire book you are confused as to who is actually trustworthy as Ten’s trying to figure it out herself and it definitely keeps you on the edge!

Characters:

The first 3/4 of the book I was still on the fence about what side Killian was on! It was driving me wild, but in the end, it’s actually clear, I hope! I still really like Ten, I liked seeing her develop as a person in this book! I liked that we got to see Sloan again and that there was a change in her! We met some awesome new characters that I really enjoyed getting to know like Meredith and Levi. There was of course characters that I enjoyed but I didn’t like as people in the story, I won’t say who as I don’t want to slip in any spoilers!

Overall:

So I gave this book 1/2 more star than Firstlife and that’s because the few little issues I had with the first book were better in this book! I loved the plot and the characters in this book! The cover is gorgeous and the writing was really good! I really have nothing to fault with this book and I hate that I will have to wait around a year for the next book!

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Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Firstlife
Author: 
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Pages: 467
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:

4 star

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Checkout my review for Lifeblood, the next book in the series, HERE!

I’m going to do something slightly different with this review as I want to add in a section about the book covers into my review. For books that only have one cover I will just share my opinion of them and for books that have more than one I will say which I own and which is my favourite.

Cover Art:

This book only has one cover. I like the concept of this cover art, Myriad at the top and Troika at the bottom of the hour glass. Light vs Dark. I also love that they continued this same idea onto the next books cover and I hope they do that for the 3rd book in the trilogy as well.

Writing:

I did enjoy Gena Showalter’s writing. It wasn’t as beautiful and detailed as the last book I read which I just adored the writing of, but it was still well done. I loved all the little quotes at the top of each paragraph, each paragraph swapping between a Myriad and Troika quote. Some of the quotes were directly related to the realms and what was going on in the book, but some of them can be applied to everyday life as well. For Example:

“Your mistakes do not define you, only the emotion you feel.”
– Myriad

Plot:

The plot was really good and fairly unique to anything I have read before. There is some things in this book that are in most YA books, like the being treated crappily by parents, which seems to be popping up in sooo many YA books lately (or the lack of parents) and also the strong female who has some ability/power/job to do that she has only just found out about.. But besides those tropes the actual plot is different from anything I have read. And I really enjoyed it! The story did start off a little slow and a little confusing, it took a few chapters to figure out what exactly was going on, but once you got past that little bit at the start it was really good. The book also ending in a little bit of a shocking twist to do with Sloan, which I was not prepared for.

Characters:

I really liked Ten, of course another strong female character! I also enjoyed Archer & Killian and I liked that they had a backstory and history that came out strong in this book. Sloan was a character where your view of her changed a couple times and you still weren’t sure if she was on the good or bad side. But I get why she did what she did at the end, because of what she was put through. So in my opinion she was still kind of on the good side. Just a very broken good side. She gives me Draco Malfoy Vibes, doing the wrong thing for all the right reasons. There were other characters that came and went in the book that weren’t there long enough to get to know really well, like Elena, Deacon & Clay. I’m guessing we will see more of at least Deacon and Clay in the next book, which I am looking forward to!

Overall:

I enjoyed this book. I only gave it 4 stars though and that was because it was just lacking a little in a couple areas. But I can also overlook them as I enjoyed the rest of it. I will be starting Lifeblood, the second book in the series, later today.


I was interested in this series a little while ago but didn’t plan on reading it until Lifeblood came out as it was coming fairly soon and then I could read both at once. Then I saw Lifeblood on NetGalley and as it was my first time on there, i didn’t really know what to expect, I requested it and amazingly got approved. So I quickly bought an iBook of Firstlife so I could get to Lifeblood straight away!

So that will be my next review!

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