Author: Sara Holland
Publish Date: January 2, 2018
# of Pages: 368
(From Goodreads) 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.
Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 8
Pace – 7
Plot Development – 8
Ending – 7
Characters – 7
Enjoyability – 9
Ease of Reading – 9
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everless by Sara Holland is set in a world where time is currency, life is hard, and talks of a sorceress and and an alchemist are more than just a children’s stories.
This was such a cool book! From the first page, to the last, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.
Everless is beautifully written and deeply imaginative. Can you imagine living in a place that accepted time–actual hours and years of your life–as a form of payment? It’s a troubling concept that is well-executed, dreamy as it is startling in the book.
The pace of the book is decent. There were parts I felt were slow, but those moments were few and far between. For the most part, the book is swift in pace, full of action and tense situations.
The story concept is wonderful. I loved learning about the kingdom of Sempera, a place where aristocracy rules and a queen demands the utmost attention. Everything about the storyline and plot is neat. I especially liked how the story of the alchemist and the sorceress unfolds throughout the duration of the book. It is truly well done.
The ending seemed slightly abrupt to me, but that’s okay, because it’s the first book in a series. It ends on a “what happens next?” note, so now I’m eagerly anticipating the next novel.
I enjoyed the character development in Everless. My favorite two characters are Jules and Liam. Jules is strong and cunning, and Liam–well, there’s more to Liam than first meets the eye. I hope the next book continues to expand on their characters.
Overall, Everless was a very enjoyable read. If you haven’t read it already, this is a great book to add to your TBR shelf!
What did you think of Everless? If you haven’t read it yet, do you plan to read it?
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