| BOOK REVIEW | EVERLESS BY SARA HOLLAND

Everless

Everless
Author : Sara Holland
Series : Everless
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen

Synopsis : 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.

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This book was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018 and it didn’t disappoint. Even though I had a hard time to connect with the main characters, I really enjoyed the story !

Plot

In this book we follow Jules Ember in a kingdom called Sempera. In Sempera, the currency is lifetime. Yeah, you read it right ! Pretty original, right ?! The dark side of it is that it’s taken from your blood, because it’s bound to iron.

Rich people are consuming iron to add time to their lifespan while the poorest are paying their taxes by giving their blood.

When Jules realizes her father is about to die because he has been giving too much iron, she decides to disobey him and return to the last plast on earth she would want to be : Everless, so she can find a well paid job.

I know better than to be afraid of stories.

The pitch of this book is so original, so of courseit caught my eyes !

While Jules decides to go back into the viper’s nest, she is determined to avoid the royal family at all cost. I really enjoyed how we learnt about the incident and her past life little by little. The story didn’t take long to start, thanks to that.

The side characters felt real, especially Ina Gold. You can’t help yourself but like her, she’s too adorable and naive.

Finally, Jules still avoids one of the princes, Liam and the Queen but she reconnected with her childish crush, Roan, and found a sort of family thanks to Ina who is Roan’s fiancee and Caro, the Queen’s handmaiden.

The plot is thick, interesting and I had no idea how this book would end ! And of course, there’s a cliff hanger so it’s useless to say that I want the sequel ASAP !

Characters

  • Jules is an amazing character. She is devoted to her father, and so freaking fierce. I love her spirit !
  • Liam is probably my favorite character. He is so secret, seems ruthless but beneath his strange behavior, he is really interesting and has a soft heart.
  • Roan I wasn’t a fan of.
  • Caro is another interesting character. She is so nice and good to Jules but sometimes her behavior felt off.
  • The Queen made me feel uneased. Always behind a closed door.

Overall I really enjoyed this book !!

5 stars

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About the author

SaraHolland

Sara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel.

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