Evermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland
Publisher: HarperTeen (December 31, 2018)
Print Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Narrator: Eileen Stevens
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
While Everless (Everless #1) left me breathless with its imaginative magic system and focus on world building, its sequel, Evermore, couldn’t quite capture my attention with its plot twists and emphasis on characters.
One of the reasons Everless completely swept me away was with its magic system. In the kingdom of Sempera, ones time is extracted to act as currency. It was unique and imaginative and the first book put an emphasis on this idea. In Evermore, however, the concept is barely brought up, and instead the plot is heavily character focused. This is generally the natural progression of sequels versus their predecessors, but I found the characters became mundane and repetitive the more the book focused on them.
The other issue I found that Evermore suffered from was pacing. The majority of the book is focused on learning the backstory of Jules and Caro through a series of flashbacks. But because so much time is focused in the past, by the time the reader gets to the last 30 pages the conflict is wrapped up into a pristine bow which makes it seem like there were no stakes at all.
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Evermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland. Have any YA fantasy novels you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.