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Review of Everlife by Gena Showalter

by - May 04, 2018

Series: Everlife #3
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Release Date: 27/02/2018
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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?

I'm really glad I chose to binge read this series in a week, because if I had been waiting for this book for a year I think my rating would have been much, much lower. This book is okay but it's clearly the weakest of the series. I felt the Gena reverted back ot what she knew, as she is a paranormal romance writer - I'm guessing she's used to writing super steamy sex scenes. I don't read books with super steamy sex scenes. Period. On the plus side someone took the author to one side and mentioned the Scottish accent so this was quickly covered up with "a mix of scottish and irish accent" which no-one has ever.

To get it out of the way first, if anyone's skim reading reviews to find out how clean this YA is, let me tell now, just put this series down and back far, far away. The romance in this was way too much. References to blowjobs, a close to full on sex scene and at one point Killian calls Ten his sperm bank. Yeah. Oh there's a whole discussion about his "little swimmers". A big reason why I read YA is to avoid this, I am asexual and this does make me uncomfortable, it was just too much for what is supposed to be a YA book.

The use of a dual POV basically killed this book. If Killian was a fully formed character then this could have been a great idea, however all he does is think about Ten. Literally, all his thoughts are about how the sun shnes out of her ass. When he's not doing that he's thinking about past scenes we've already read - also starring Ten. He's completely obsessed and it's just really weird to have a character who's only thoughts about about one person. I did end up just skim reading the majority of his chapters and what I did read, I learn nothing new.

Overall, I enjoyed it but you have to stick it out because it doesn't get going until the final quarter of the book. I'm glad I hung around because it was a pretty good ending, with a weirdly middle grade feel after all the sexytimes and gory violence. There's not a whole lot I can talk about plot wise because the first 75% is basically Tenley and Killian thinking about each other and the last 25% is spoilers. Sorry.

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