Fun Entertaining Sequel | Review of ‘Lifeblood’ (Everlife #2)

By Cynthia Ayala

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
Harlequin Teen
Image Credit: Goodreads

“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 launch her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. 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.” —Goodreads

Published February 28, 2017, by Harlequin Teen Lifeblood by Gena Showalter is the second novel in her YA fantasy Everlife series.

Lifeblood continues the journey of Ten Lockwood as she struggles to live up to the title she has been given while also struggling to find a way to broker peace between Troika and Myriad. What’s really great about Gena is the fact that she’s just amazing at presenting the reader with a strong female protagonist to lead the story. She has such a talent at writing strong characters, and this goes beyond just her main characters, event he minor characters, they shine with a compelling narrative allowing them all to be strong in their own different ways. They don’t just mirror each other and have their own faults and quirks. Ten is the “numbers girl,” she counts to keep her nerve, to keep her perspective clear and her motivation her own. She’s such an objective character, but she also doesn’t follow the rules, who is even in love with the enemy, a person everyone tells her to doubt. This creates so much great tension between her and her compatriots, while others look at her with understanding, sharing her own hope for peace. But others are so used to fighting they don’t see another way out. And in the midst of all this, Ten is still struggling to find herself, to find all the answers, to be this person everyone around her expects her to be. She’s growing, evolving so much from who was in Firstlife. She has gone through so much and it shows in the way she changes how she reacts. Her quirks still resonate off the pages, her personality and strength, they just make her incredible and relatable. This isn’t someone you have to imagine, she’s someone real.

Following Ten on her journey to navigate through her second life is so compelling and fun. There’s a lightness to the writing as it balances this idea of light versus darkness and that makes the plot of the story unique in the way it’s told. There is a war going on for the souls of people, a fight for survival in the war between the two worlds in the “afterlife”. The construction of the story makes the concept unique. And the pace of the story begins with a bang. It picks up right at the end of the previous novel and the momentum keeps moving faster and faster. There are no dull moments, and for Gena to keep the momentum up, to keep everything moving with such fluidity without losing the reader. Is impressive. She incorporates poetry into the story telling and the structure of those poems how they go back and forth is amazing.

There’s a lot of heart in the story and impressive writing. As a sequel, it doesn’t let the reader down, it keeps them captivated, it keeps them motivated to follow Ten on her journey to save herself and those she loves. (★★★★☆ | A)

Product Details:

Pub Date: Feb 28, 2017

Page count: 443pp

Age Range: 15 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-3732-1219-4

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

List Price:  $18.99

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