Lifeblood, by Gena Showalter | Book Review #275

This review may contain spoilers.

Book Review

30687806“My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.”

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 learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

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.

My expectations for Lifeblood were both high and low. I expected a lot from Lifeblood back when I read Firstlife. When I finally got Lifeblood in from the library, I’d totally forgotten what Firstlife was about. However! Some of my memory from my time reading Firstlife came back to me –thankfully– when I started reading Lifeblood.

IMG_5834There were some things that I liked about this novel, and some things that I didn’t like about this novel. Let’s start with the things that I did like about Lifeblood.

What I enjoyed most about this sequel was the romance between Killian and Ten. Which BY THE WAY, Killian’s name is seven letters. Ten’s nickname is three letters. Add 7+3 you get 10. I thought of this randomly, and it blew my mind. BACK to the review.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters again. I enjoyed the reunions, and mourned the losses. I also totally forgot that Ten is a self proven poetess. I honestly love the poems that Ten creates. I love her poems since the majority of them all could be read from top to bottom and then back up again.

The thing that bothered me most about Lifeblood was that there were so many losses in this book. Seriously. Devastating losses. I mourned a few key characters.

I was disappointed that Lifeblood was kind of predictable. Like, you know when you’re watching something on TV and suddenly you have this vivid premonition of what is going to happen in the next few scenes, and then there’s a commercial break? That’s what happened when I was reading Lifeblood. There’d be scenes where I could tell what was going to happen, and then a while later, it happens. So Lifeblood is kind of predictable. I was also bummed by the fact that Lifeblood isn’t the last in its’ series. There’s one more book! I’m excited to read the third instalment, but also dreading it. I don’t think I want to see Ten’s story end!

I gave Lifeblood 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read Lifeblood?
If you have, what did you end up thinking of it? 

Happy Reading!

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