Firstlife by Gena Showlater Book Review

  • Title: Firstlife
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Page Count: 467 pages
  • Series Name: Firstlife
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars


The book takes place in the alternative universe where everyone has what is called a Firstlife. Firstlife is considered the life you start out when entering the world. Than during your life you have to choose where you will end up in the afterlife. In the afterlife there is two realms Myriad and Troika. The both realms are at war and anyone who is entering the aft life must choose a side. Those that haven’t made a chance end up in the darkness of Many Ends. A place you wouldn’t want to end up.

In the story a girl named Tenly also known as Ten refuses to choose a side that her parents want her be so in order to teach her a lesson they send her to an asylum. There she must try to survive and fight for her right to make a choice on where she should end up. At the same time two agents from both realms are sent to convince her to chooses their side. Ten turns out to be a challenge and goes on the lamb. Throughout the story she learns more about the realms and about her safe.

My Thoughts

The book turned out to be way better than I originally thought and got to be one of her best so far. After reading her other series “The White Rabbit Chronicles” I wanted to read more from her. Firstlife was super interesting to the point that I knew I should read this. One of my favorite parts of the books is the afterlife part having realms where you can go to. Usually afterlife in books is just heaven but Firstlife was unique twist. I also like the two male characters Killian and Archer who are the agents sent to convince Ten to join their sides. I like the the interaction between both characters. From the bad boy Killian to self-righteous Archer who comes across as a knight in shining army.  And Ten is a bad ass heroine that does whatever it takes to have the freedom to run her own life. This is something that many people can relate to. I totally recommend this book who like action dystopian type of books with a element of fantasy as well.

If you are interested in buying the book check out the links below and until my next review keep on reading.

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December TBR

Hi Readers,I am back from a break and sooner than I thought. Well after long months of unemployment I finally landed a seasonal job at my favorite bookstore. And I also been hard at work with new design projects. Now that I am back I decided to bring in my TBR for the month. Below is a list of books I plan on reading for the month.

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

After finishing The White Rabbit Chronicles last month I wanted to check out her newest book called Firstlife. I really like the cover and love her writing and can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

After reading the book Cruel Beauty I wanted to pick up another one of her books. From what I heard that its a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Or maybe its a twist on the love story.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

I recently started the Harry Potter Series. In fact this is my first time reading the series and I know that I am late to the party of Hogwarts. But I am fashionably to the party. So let me grab my wand and lets learn some wizardry.

This is the list of books I will try to read during the month of December. But I am also on the hunt for a great Christmas book. Got any suggestions? Until my next post keep on reading!

Taking a Break

Hey Readers,

Well, lately I been really busy with life and personal struggles. Some of my challenges including finding a job and managing my other side projects.  Due to my other, commitments I must focus on, this lead me to decide to take a break from Where Stephanie Reads. So as off now this week I will be gone for a little awhile. But I will be back around January with new material and will be bringing new book reviews as well. For those that like coming to my blog a lot, I will have my old reviews available for anyone interested. Until next time keep on reading.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  • Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Page Count: 419 pages
  • Series Name: A Court of Thorn and Roses Series
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars


In this magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast we are thrown into the world of fae and fairies. This story focuses on a nineteen year old girl name Feyre who lives a life of poverty and is responsible for keeping her family alive. This involves going out into the wild to hunt. On a day like any other she is out hunting and than spots a large wolf. She decides to kill it and use to sell. Later she learns how this one simple kill leads to trouble. After killing this wolf, a monster comes find her and accuses her of killing a fae. And as punishment she must live with him and to never return.
Feyre find herself in the world Prythian the world fires and the monster she was with is a high lord fae named Tamlin. Fey must learn to deal with living with the creature she loathes the most and learn to open her heart to those different from her.

My Thoughts

I heard so much about this book and also about the author non stop throughout the book blog and book tube world. And I heard how great the book and knew I must read to see what’s the fun is about. When I read the book I understand how great the books is. The book is a magical and adventure on its own. I like how cool Feyre is and how the book teaches us to look beyond the mask. I also enjoyed the book ’s world building from the history, the laws, and how he characters are well developed. I can’t wait to read The Court of Mist and Fury.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

  • Title: Paper and Fire
  • Author: Rachel Caine
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Page Count: 398 pages
  • Series Name: The Great Library
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 4 Stars


Rachel Caine returned with the second installment from The Great Library series with Paper and Fire. If you haven’t read Ink and Bone and wish to learn more click here for my past review on the book. In this second book we return to Alexandria after the events that happened in the the previous book. Jess and his friends are assigned new jobs. Jess and Glaine is assigned as part of the guard. After his friend Thomas has disappeared after being caught for committing a crime, Jess and his friends must find a way to help save him. At the same time jess must deal with the consequences of turning Morgan in to the The Iron Tower. Throughout the book more secrets are revealed and Jess gets deeper and deeper with the world of the Library. Can anyone get out a live before they are found out?

My Thoughts:

Soon as the book came out I didn’t hesitated to put on hold at my library and couldn’t wait to read it. After the last book left me with awe and wonder I really couldn’t hide my excite for Paper and Fire. And if you are a fan of stories where characters go to a far off land and go to a school or a new world this is a book for you. Also the book is made for book worms like me. The book was filled with adventure, secrets, conspiracy, and some science fiction elements. I also like the fact that the book takes place in a different part of the world then mine.

Labor Day Reading TBR

This weekend is Labor weekend I created a TBR List of books I am planning on reading. Originally I was going out of town but due to poor weather it was cancelled. Luckily I have the books that was planning to read for the trip at home and ready to go. So I decided to read a few books. I will be finishing Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, and The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. This week I was in the mood for chick flicks and wanted to read some that had a movie adaption to so I can read them later. So here is the question for you guys. What books are you reading for Labor Day? What are your plans? Are you going to beach or just chilling out with friends? Well until my next post keep on reading.


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