I’m the type who judges books by their covers. Most of the time, I don’t even read the blurb. That’s what happened with Firstlife. Just look at it. Wouldn’t you just have to read this book?
Well, you should. It was amazing. I’m hooked on the entire series now. The cover is breathtaking and the story inside is so much more.
I’ve been in an audiobook phase since I signed up for Playster. When I saw this cover, I stopped whatever book I was listening to and switched over. The narrator, Emma Galvin, has such a distinctive voice, which drew me in immediately. For me, her voice fits perfectly with the jarring tone of the story. I could have sworn I’d heard her before, and as it turns out, I had. She’s an actress who lends her voice to things like this, as well she should. I couldn’t picture Ten any other way, now.
Ten, that’s her name. It’s short for Tenley, but the number ten is also very important to her. Numbers, in general, are kind of her thing. You’ll see why when you grab your own copy. No spoilers.
From the first line, Firstlife captured my imagination and took me on a magical ride. It’s dark, funny, heart melting, and gut wrenching. Gena Showalter drops the reader right into the middle of this fully formed world and makes you work for the answers.
I’m a writer and I couldn’t ‘figure out’ the twists and turns this story would take. And that’s usually something I pride myself on. I don’t do it on purpose. I love to get swept up into the story itself, but sometimes that’s not easy. I cringe at plot devices and ‘telling’ dialogue.
With Firstlife, I didn’t have to worry about any of that. I’m sure Ms. Showalter fed me backstory and plot points, otherwise the story would have felt incomplete, but she did it without my knowledge. Masterful storytelling.
As soon as I finished Firstlife, I downloaded Lifeblood. And when I’m done with it, I’m getting the next one. I won’t read another book until I devour this series. Then I’ll fight the urge to stand outside the author’s door until she’s done with whatever she’s writing now.