AUTHOR: Sara Holland
SERIES: Everless (#1)
PUBLISHER: Hatchette Children's Group
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
RATING: 3.5/5 Stars
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.
What I Liked:
- The concepts in this book are really cool - especially the idea of time being a form of currency and the class war that creates! The book almost posed itself as a Dystopian, and yet it was actually much more fantastical with it's own folklore, magic and myth. It felt very fresh as a result.
- I liked the finale of this book! It was certainly very intense, with plenty of twists and turns, and I liked that the author didn't hold back on the shock factor either. I'm still invested in the series as a result!
What I Disliked:
- The plot felt a bit disorganised at times. There was so much build with an absolute ton of sub-plots that didn't really contribute to the end, nor did they really add a whole lot? Up until the final chapters, it all felt a bit messy and it wasn't helped by the fact that there was just a bit too much exposition and over-explaining.
- Jules, the MC, was a little lacklustre for me. She didn't have a whole lot of personality and that was a bit of a problem for me as it meant that I didn't really feel invested in her, nor did I feel convinced by the relationships she built with the characters around her.