Oh my I really loved this book! I’ve had an ARC sitting on my shelf for a while and I’d been hesitant to start because of all the hype, I always worry it can’t live up to it. Boy was I wrong. As always, this review will be spoiler free!
Everless by Sara Holland
Published by HarperTeen on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
I loved loved LOVED this book. It is based in a fantastical land where time is currency that can be leeched from your body via your blood. We follow Jules as she takes desperate measures to pay for her and her father’s rent, which then develops as they story goes on. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, a lot you don’t know about the past which comes out slowly, tantalising you with bits and pieces as the story goes on.
The world building was on point, I really loved the whole time is currency thing. It was so well thought out and made logical sense (as much as time being drawn from your blood can make sense). I’LL TAKE A DASH OF TIME WITH MY CUP OF TEA THANKS. I wish! Well, no I don’t, the whole time currency thing is pretty horrific but I’d love more time to read! I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen, there were what I thought were hints to a really cliche’d love triangle but thankfully I was wrong again and again! The setting was beautiful, and so fitting considering I read it when we were having a huge snow storm here in Wales, it made it all the more magical.
Fast-paced and gripping, I honestly couldn’t put it down! I read it in a day and a bit and I’m still reeling. There are fairy tales and a very detailed history which is fascinating. I loved the story of the fox and the snake that kept cropping up, and of course of the Alchemist and the Sorceress.
I am always a sucker for monarchs in fantasy, especially when the MCs are in the servants quarters too. I always find it so interesting. There was a lot of foreshadowing but it was done really well so I was okay with it.
The final bit of the book was definitely set up for book 2 – though I am slightly nervous about it as it’s not going to be anything like the first book as too much is going to have to change.
I loved Jules, though there were a few times I wanted to shake her like, COME ON GIRL! She was very lucky she had some people on her side, as she kept sticking her neck out when she probably shouldn’t have and getting away with it. Gotta love a character with flaws though! I found her motivations believable, though she doesn’t really grow too much as a character, which is okay as that wasn’t really the point of the story.
I enjoyed Liam a lot, gotta love a bad guy! Roan- well we’re meant to love Roan. There were what seemed like some hints and foreshadowing that didn’t seem to come to fruition around Roan. Let me know if you noticed them too! Or was I misunderstanding? Caro was pretty cool, as was Ina, I have to admit I felt they were more developed than Jules at times, and I look forward to seeing more of them in book 2!
Have you read Everless yet? It comes out soon! Let me know what you think.