Another day another most anticipated read!
I have been super pumped to pick up Everless by Sara Holland ever since I learned about it late last year. What intrigued me the most was the notion of time being currency, an idea that is eerily similar to that of the real world, and the mystery of what danger sways Jules from greedily taking up the position at the Gerling’s estate.
Was the execution worth the anticipation? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Everless (Untitled #1) by Sara Holland
Publisher: HarperTeen (January 2, 2018)
Print Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
Narrator: Eileen Stevens
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 agree with many reviewers on Goodreads when they recommend going in blind. The first twist happens about one hundred pages or so in and after that point it all leads to a huge reveal. I could not have pinpointed it if I tried, and I’m fairly good at guessing where a story is heading.
What I feel comfortable in saying is that the magic system is one of the more unique ones I’ve read in the past several years. To deconstruct it to its basic form is to say that, in Sempera, blood is bled in order to create currency, blood-iron coins, and in order to receive more time you must ingest said currency. There are those who have know centuries and those who die before their baby teeth are all gone but everyone understands one thing, blood is power.
No one understands the need for time like Jules Ember. She was a wickedly smart protagonist whose actions through out the book were believable for someone in her situation. Also, Holland doesn’t weigh Jules down with a love triangle, which is what I thought was going to happen, but also gave me as a reader just enough romance to make me pick a side. I knew Holland had more of a story for Liam, nobody is that mean for no reason. He, like Jules, made choices that made sense for his character, slowly revealed through out the entire novel. I cannot wait to see his growth in the proceeding novels, because I have a suspicion that he’s going to be very important going forward.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Everless by Sara Holland. Have you read a unique YA fantasy novel lately? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.