Everless by Sara Holland
Publisher: Orchard Books, Hachette Children’s Group
Published: 4th January 2018
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.
‘Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. An intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology, Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time.’ Stephanie Garber, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of Caraval.
Thanks to Netgalley and Orchard Books for my copy in exchange for my honest review.
The idea of this book is fantastic, and first impressions based on the cover is intrigue. It made me take notice, and want to know more and more. Do you ever get that feeling about a book that says it’s going to be huge within the reading world? I get that from just the first few pages of this book. On the other hand though, I think this book will be one of those that people either really love, or dislike. I’m sat on the fence.
While the ideas and mythology, the backstory and characters were clearly thought out, I don’t actually know if I liked the story. There was so much potential, possibilities but it sort of just fizzled along. It took a while to get anywhere and then when it did, it finished. There was plenty of build up to something spectacular but as it got there, it just sort of failed. It didn’t hit the peak I was expecting it to.
The idea of using Time as a currency is something new for me. I don’t think I’ve come across it before, and I liked the idea. It was different, it was sort of shocking to think that you actually have the length of your life in your hands. You can do anything to increase it, and decrease it while desperately trying to survive.
The world that Sara Holland builds is spectacular, and she has definitely left space for growth and more magical world-building. I don’t think we barely scraped the surface with this book, and that we will be in for one hell of a ride with any future books. The places, and characters, that we are introduced to have all got the potential to break out in a huge sense and make this series a whole lot more awesome, and I love the fact that she has left the room for it.
The twist I can honestly say I didn’t see coming, that was a surprise but I wasn’t as shocked as I could have been. I didn’t really believe what she thought was to be a lie, I didn’t think that a character who is supposed to so central to the story would end up.. well, in that position but it happened. Thankfully, it wasn’t a character that I particularly liked. I think that the character I liked the most was Liam which I wasn’t expecting. I suppose it’s because he was put across as the villain, the rotten apple. But we see a side to him that we do no expect. Jules was a good character, and she definitely has room to grow.
As you can see, there are things that I didn’t like, but there are more things that I did like. I think with a bit more oomph I will love this series. I’m relieved that there is room for so much more in this series, as I said at the beginning of this review. I definitely see that this book is going to huge. It’s a spectacular addition to the genre.
I give this book a 4/5. If it didn’t just dawdle along, I think it would have been an incredible 5. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, I hope it’s going to be a roller-coaster of a read.