Author: Sara Holland
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
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.
This is one of those books that I feel like I read at the perfect time. Lately I feel like I’ve been reading books with the EXACT same plots and the exact same storylines, but Everless was such a refreshing read with a different concept. It’s a story about a girl named Jules who is desperate to save her father in the only way she can—time. It’s a world where time is currency, and the more you have, the better you are off.
I was very pleased with the motives of Jules character. She had true incentive to go looking for what she needed…and it made sense! As a reader I understood her desire to do things as she did, as well as her other human emotions that made me feel a connection with her. The way she felt during certain situations in the book could be perceived as a nuisance or silly, but there was a practical/realistic reason behind it. And we can’t expect book characters to be perfect, because then we don’t get to experience their development as the book goes on. (Although sometimes the truth was so obvious but it took f o r e v e r for Jules to figure it out…and made me want to scream!)
What I believe to be the strongest point in this novel, is definitely the set up to this world. Some of my favorite parts of this book was learning about the history of Everless and how they were able to make “blood-coins” that caused Sempera to be the way it is.
One of the main problems I had with this book, was the predictability. It’s also part of the reason I docked a star, because I felt like I could literally map out the story before those parts even happened. But I have to admit, there were definitely a few things that happened at the end that I was not expecting. I was pretty blown away. 😳
Everless is such a strong novel as a first book in a potential series, and I have very high expectations for the next book—mainly because the second half of this book is where the plot really took off. Yes, it still has that generic YA feel to it, (even though the story itself is different) but I really believe that it can be a book of its own especially because the idea is just SO interesting! After I hit that 220 page mark, I was flying through the pages.
I can’t wait for the next installment, Evermore, and I really think that this book deserves all the hype it’s getting!
Thanks for reading!