Cover Reveal and Excerpt: LIFEBLOOD by Gena Showalter

LIFEBLOOD, the sequel to Gena Showalter’s YA fantasy FIRSTLIFE, is releasing in February, but we’re getting a first look at the novel with an excerpt!

Firstlife and its sequel, Lifeblood, are a part of the Young Adult Everlife fantasy series by Gena Showalter about a girl, Ten, who finds herself in the middle of a tug-of-war between two powerful realms vying for her favor.

Entertainment Weekly released the cover to the sequel, and we think it’s absolutely gorgeous.


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.

On the vivacious and colorful cover, an hourglass, which contains an image of a city, is shattering, leaving much of the glass cracked. Additionally, the tagline says, “The harder you fight, the more you bleed,” something that grabs our attention instantly.

Also, not only did EW not only release the cover to Lifeblood, but also an excerpt from the novel.

Excerpt from Lifeblood:

Killian’s words echo through my mind. Either we fight, or we lose.  

Fight each other to win the war? Or fight for each other?

I suspect the former, and my tears—such silly, useless tears—spill over my cheeks, leaving hot, stinging tracks in their wake. I thought I was prepared to give up everything for my realm of choice. I thought I could live with any consequences.

But the cost is far too high.

At this point in my life—or death, I correct myself, with a humorless laugh—I trust only two people.  Killian, my ML, and Archer, my TL, the boy I loved like a brother. But Archer died trying to save me. He died today. Worse, he died for nothing!  And now I’ve lost Killian, too.

Grief clings to me with unrelenting determination, wrapping strong arms around me. It kisses my cheek and rests its head on my shoulder. It whispers, “There’s nothing you can do.”

Sorrow and helplessness join the pity party, and I despise both. These emotions are not innocent; they are deadly. They devoured my past, eating at my happiness until no more remained; I can’t cede my present or my future.

I speak the promise burning a hole in my heart. “You matter to me, Killian.”

A muscle jumps underneath his eye. “Do I?” The roughness of his tone guts me.

I’ve never ascribed to the notion that words are enough, and I’ve never trusted those who huff and puff, furious when someone dares to question another’s claim of affection. I won’t pretend otherwise just because a spotlight now shines on me.

My actions will make or break us.

“You do,” I say, lifting my chin, “and I’ll prove it.”

He gives a hard shake of his head. “Don’t be putting yourself in danger on my behalf, lass. I’d rather you hate me and live than love me and die.”

Deacon appears at my side, stopping my reply. “All right.  Enough.” He latches on to my wrist, and my spirit welcomes the connection, for Light always complements Light. I warm rather than freeze—the way I should have done with Killian. The way I used to do.

What have I done?

Read the rest of the excerpt at EW!

Lifeblood hits shelves on February 28, 2017.


By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.