Author: Sara Holland
Pub Date: January 2018
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.
‘Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. An intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology, Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time.’ Stephanie Garber, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of Caraval
Everless is bound to be a hit among many YA fantasy lovers. It is not something completely new, it doesn’t give us amazing new storyline, but it gives us an engaging plot that keeps you late at night reading just a few more pages. Everless is in some ways similar to many others YA fantasy novels, we have a young female protagonist that suffers a horrible loss at the beginning of the story, this loss forces her to pursue a somewhat dangerous path to find out the truth about herself. And all of this ends up in her finding out how special she is. Nothing new, right? The point of good YA fantasy is to make the details fresh and fun for readers, and Sara Holland did just that.
First of all, the idea of blood as a currency is great and makes the whole world of Sempera intriguing. How can your blood be used? How are the coins made? Why is blood linked with time? Can you extend your life? We get all the answers, maybe a bit too quickly and too many at the same time, but I didn’t mind it that much. I think the idea behind this world is compelling and makes the story engaging.
Jules is a likeable character, even though she makes all of the ‘mistakes’ of humans. I call them mistakes only because as I reader I can clearly see that those decisions are just means to an epic argument, dire situation or fight. So they are sometimes a bit annoying for me, but at the same time she just makes decisions based on her feelings towards other people. She makes the decent decisions, ones that are directed by heart, not brain. She’s nice to others, she loves and cares for her father, she is eager to help others.
What often bothers me in YA fantasies is romance. It’s too quick, too cute and just too much. Everless has none of this. There are clues here and there about the possibility of a romance, but it never comes to a full-blown love. Jules has feelings towards a guy, but those particular feelings are not the main drivers of her actions. I can expect a more focus on romance in next book in the series, but I’m happy it wasn’t a big part of this book.
Everless will keep you guessing who you can believe. I had complete 180 on few of the characters. It was fascinating discovering different characters together with Jules. What would next book in the story bring? I can’t wait to find out!