Changers: Drew – T. Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper
12th January 2016, 288 pages, 4/5 stars
Initially, I thought that this book might be a little bit too much, but I am ABSOLUTELY going to be following this series! Ethan wakes up on his first day of high school as Drew, an attractive female. It is only then that he discovers he is a Changer, someone who lives out each of their high school years as a different person; the ultimate goal is to somehow make the world a better place. I especially loved reading about the female mind from a male perspective – we are really weird, and we make very little sense, even to ourselves! I also absolutely adored the scene where Ethan/Drew got his/her first period – it was hysterically funny!!! The whole book was just so much better than I could have possibly imagined – an easy, lighthearted read which touches on many gender issues; I’m already looking forward to the next change!
Firstlife – Gena Showalter
1st March 2016, 448 pages, 3.5/5 stars
In the world of Firstlife, life doesn’t end with death. In fact, a person’s Firstlife is more like a dress rehearsal for the Everlife – two realms (Troika and Myriad) wage an eternal war in the Everlife, and the two fight even in the real world, to recruit more souls than the other. Tenley Lockwood, the story’s protagonist, has been locked up in the Prynne Asylum because she refuses to blindly sign up for an Everlife with Myriad, the realm to which her parents have sworn. Ten is absolutely obsessed with numbers – it was a really cool character quirk, plus I learned quite a few wacky numerical facts! The romance was a little bit annoying, but not too bad – there are two boys, one of whom is a firm love interest, the other more like a brother. Archer was the greatest (he’s the brotherly one!). The book was also a little bit long – I got a bit bored in the middle, but the ending ensnared me once again. (I ALSO NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NOW?!?! Cliffhanger alert!) I am also still confused about the realms – I didn’t get a handle on their differences. But the action was so good by the end that I didn’t mind all that much. While the world-building could have been better, the action and the characterisation make up for its lack.