Review: Everlife by Gena Showalter

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EverlifeThe darkness has to be chased away, Ten. We will all do what we must or we will all fall down.

Published: February 27, 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 492 (Hardcover)

Series: Everlife #3

 

 

5 Stars

 

They will choose love over war, and love will not let them down. 

 

STAND TOGETHER OR FALL ALONE.

THE FATE OF THE EVERLIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE.

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?

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I’m so sad this series is over! It was so fun, fresh, interesting, steamy, and everything else you’d want from a good YA fantasy. It’s been a while since I read one because I was on the historical romance train, but this made me crave more and more!

Gena Showalter is such an incredible writer, you can’t dispute the fact that her books have a way of hooking you and not letting go. She’s incredibly witty and talented, and can craft sexy banter just as well as life threatening action scenes. This one was no different. From the wedding ceremony’s swoon worthy lines to the final show down’s heart pounding sword play, Showalter weaves a world that is somehow so similar and at the same time different from ours. Her Intertwined trilogy is one of my favorites and I’ve since picked up her adult paranormal romances because I love her writing and story telling that much.

The plot lines pick up nicely from the previous book and we do get a lot of questions answered, a lot of romance, and a whole lot of action. This embodies all the things I love about YA fantasy; teens are finding themselves, learning the value of friendship and family, and are working against the status quo to do the right thing. The whole ‘save the world’ line is one of my absolute favorites, dating back to when I first watched Avatar the Last Airbender, and this delivered on that front as well.

We get all of the characters back. Honestly, this book is a little bit of a character overload. There’s Troikans and Myriadians and everyone in between and they’re all listed off quite a bit, it got a little hard to remember them and place faces/events to the names. Main point is we get all our favorites, Ten and Killian and their whole crack team of bad-ass and hilarious fighters. Plus, we get the added bonus of talking animals. That’s right. Everyone in Troika is assigned a guardian animal and they come in various shapes (elephants, wolves, birds, and even zebras) and they all talk! I promise it’s as magical as it sounds.

This book, and this series as a whole, is overflowing with characters and little subplots, so if you take a while in between the reads it can be hard to remember what happens. Thankfully, the beginning of this had a lot of information about the previous books and I was thankful for that, because these books have a lot going on. Since this is the final in the trilogy it does have a HEA, but it isn’t the one you would expect, which made me equal parts mad, happy, and confused. That being said, the different sort of twist ending to this made me love it all the more. It was the perfect way to wrap this series.

Happy reading

 

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