Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: Orchard Books
Source: ARC – Thank you Team Bkmrk!
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 hadn’t heard of Everless until I went to YALC but from the moment I heard about it, I knew I had to bag myself a copy. Especially since Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval, had said how much she enjoyed it. Despite the fact that Everless wasn’t released until the beginning of this month, I would say it was one of my favourite books that I read in 2017. It was extremely good and I fully enjoyed myself reading it.
Please note: the cover above is the US cover. The picture below is the UK edition (although an ARC of it, it does have the same art but is a hardcover).
This book was really unexpected for me. I knew that others had picked this up at YALC and loved it, so I went into it with a little expectation that it would be good but I didn’t realise just how good it was actually going to be! I was really excited about the twists and found one of them to really be quite shocking. This book definitely delivered on shock factor in some places.
I enjoyed that this story had such a fantastical element to it. The premise of our life time being used as currency is a really take and I was eager to see how this was going to be shown throughout the book. Everless really demonstrates how important time is in this world, with mentions of people even stealing time, and how any time taken can be turned into coins.
So we follow our main character, Jules, who lives with her Papa in a small cottage, trying to just get by in life. Jules will do anything to keep him alive and so to earn some coin, she ends up going to serve at the dreaded Gerling estate, a place where herself and her Papa had fled from when she was younger. From her entrance to the Gerling estate, it’s clear that Jules is fairly worried about being recognised by one of the two brothers, Liam. When reading this, I felt that Liam, although he is made out to be horrible, I felt that there was something underlying. I don’t believe that he could be such a bad character so it was interesting to actually see him after hearing about Jules’ fear of him. It’s funny because Jules really aims to avoid Liam but has a totally different reaction to Liam’s brother, Roan.
Jules is a character with a peculiar ability which we didn’t really discover fully until part way through the book. It was something that had me really wondering what was going on, but it was surprising that Jules hadn’t really questioned what was different about her.
I quite enjoyed the writing in this book. There was one part where I felt that there was quite a bit of narrative, which is fine, but I prefer dialogue. I felt that the writing in this book kept up the pace, leaving you wanting to know more and see how the story was going to progress.
I thought that this was a wonderful debut for Sara Holland. I enjoyed Everless so much and am highly anticipating the next book already. I just hope that it meets my expectations!
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