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Firstlife (An Everlife Novel) Paperback – January 3, 2017
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.
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I can't stand Ten who is so wishy washy and has no original idea. She is every teenager you hate to read about. She is hypocritical and completely shallow. She can't make up her mind as to who she wants to be and it drives you insane. Never have I hated a character so much.
And Killian is the formulaic bad boy who can't make up his mind or say anything worth a damn. The only appeal he has is his looks, cause there is nothing of value in his personality or his character. In other words.... perfect for useless Tenly.
Archer is a good character in theory but he changes from the sarcastic and witty good boy at the beginning (a character I liked and was excited for) to a virtuous stick in the mud. Also.... let him stay dead. Please, for the love of God, let him stay dead. Give him that.
Don't waste your time reading this. So disappointed cause I had such high hopes for this book cause I loved the premise.
I'm reading the second only out of loyalty to Gena and because I have heard that it gets better. But never have I gone into a book with such low expectations and hatred.
This book idea sounds wonderful. I watch the video about it on the YouTube channel, Epic Reads, and many of the books from their channel that I've read did not disappoint. But I just don't know if I can read all of this book.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned this and maybe it's just me, but the dialogue and character actions feel so awkward and fake at times. I mean guy says, "Never pity me," and she blows a kiss? I understand she's being sarcastic, but there is so much sarcasm from ALL of the characters until I just cannot get into the story. I just keep getting jolted out of it when I think it's getting good because I'm constantly questioning the characters' believability. Like when I hear, "Hate to break it to you, but nutrition is just another word for feces." Is it, really? It just seems unlikely that ALL of the characters have the SAME exact sarcastic air and sense of humor except the main character who, with the exception of her ridiculous unbecoming violent temper, seems completely unsure of herself at every turn and is constantly questioning everything. Maybe he likes me. Maybe he doesn't. "How am I ever to know?" Some thoughts can be expressed with a simple, "I wasn't sure of his intentions." Everything doesn't have to be awkward internal dialogue.
Maybe the characters seem fake because many phrases and words are repeated SO much, like the constant awkward one-word sentences. "Gimme!" happens a lot. Are the characters 17 or 7? "Zero!" Happens a lot. The number of exclamation points is distracting at times as well.
I am going to force my way through to the end of this book because I paid $10 for it. Hopefully the writing gets better or at least the story is as good as Epic Reads made it seem. It does have potential. I do enjoy the poetry and many of the memorable quotes throughout the story. They definitely leave an impression and keep me reading...though I will admit to skipping through parts here and there when they get particularly clunky and strange.
Alas, I was so completely bored with it. The two "everlife's" are at war with each other and our home girl doesn't want to choose either of them. UGHHHH. I didn't care about anything that was happening. The characters were just meh. The plot was meh.
The book just left me with such disappointment. I really wish I liked this book because I was sooooooooooooo excited to see it. Maybe in a couple of years I'll re-read it, but for right now I just want to walk away from it.