I received an ARC of this book for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
Okay, how do I even start this review? Well from the blurb, I was pretty keen on reading this book as it was right up my alley in terms of YA fantasy and I wanted to start this year with a good read. What I got surpassed all of my expectations, to say the least. This has got to be one of my favorite books and let me break it down for you all as to why.
Firstly, the worlbuidling is phenomenal. No jokes about this at all. The idea that blood is time and a world based on the elite using blood money to keep themselves immortal while the poorer classes slave away in dusty villages was just brilliant. I also love the magic system in place. The backstories of the alchemist and the sorceress were neatly interwoven throughout the storyline. There was no info-dumping, unnecessary details or side plots. Everything that was mentioned was key to the storyline and its progression. I loved the richness of the world from the imagery to the descriptions. The book is very immersive without being too overwhelming or flowery.
Secondly, I adored the MC Jules. Her narration was raw, authentic and very emotive. I loved her relationship with her father and the ones she loved. I liked how steadfast and level headed she was throughout the story. I enjoyed reading about her struggles with poverty and how she tries to overcome her circumstances in life. She is very likeable and relatable. Even the minor characters were fleshed out really well. Each and every one of them plays a pivotal role in the story and add to the depth of the storyline.
Thirdly, the romance aspect is very realistic. It is a bit of a love triangle. There's also a kind of love-hate relationship between Liam and Jules which was fascinating to read. I loved his broodiness and the kind of nonchalant attitude that he has towards her. But I did enjoy reading their interactions. Roan, on the other hand, is the total opposite. He is like the preferred favorite and we get to see a bit of sibling rivalry going on as well.
Lastly, the writing style was flawless. The twists and turns that the book takes keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was sucked into the plot from the first couple of chapters. The story progression was seamless and the pace was brisk. Although some chapters were larger, I never once found it cumbersome to read. Sara Holland has a definite way with words. I liked the overall atmosphere of the novel - the juxtaposition of opulence to the decrepit state of the villages outside of Everless. Regardless of the splendor of the palace, there's an undercurrent of foreboding. The book deals with betrayal, secrets and lies. The heart of novel focuses on magic, family, love, justice and finding where you fit. I liked how the author depicts and contrasts the way the servants live with those of the upper classes. In a world where your blood is the most precious of commodities, how does one actually overcome lifelong servitude? All in all, I was completely enchanted with the book and I can't wait for the sequel. I would recommend giving this book a try if you love YA fantasy.
In Sempera time is precious. Time, when extracted from someone's blood, can be bound to iron, which is being turned into a currency that can be consumed to increase someone's number of years. However, for a lot of people this means they constantly have to bleed to pay their debts and therefore shorten their lives, while very few members of the country's nobility thrive and live for centuries. Jules and her father used to work at Everless, an estate owned by a noble family. For Jules Everless was home, until they had to leave because of an incident that made them outcasts in just a few moments. Now they're poor and Jules has to find a way to bring in some coins.
Jules's father has given a lot of his time away and is dying. Jules wants to save him, but the only way she can earn enough coins to make up for everything he's already lost, is finding work as a servant at Everless. She's several years older than the child that was sent away and hopes the problems of the past will be forgotten. Will she be recognized? When Jules is in Everless she discovers that her departure was surrounded by secrets. While her father warned her to stay away from Everless and the country's nobility, Jules is too curious to follow his advice. She knows she's in danger, but has no idea about the extent of it. What will happen when she discovers the truth? Will she still feel the same about the people who were once an important part of her past and does she have the strength to change her own future?
Everless is a fascinating and gripping story. Jules lives in a world where time is money, literally. Those who are poor won't live very long. I admired this creative idea and Sarah Holland's execution is flawless. Jules is a strong heroine, she loves with all her heart and she's incredibly generous. She will go far to save the people she cares about and I loved her fierce personality. She isn't afraid to put herself in danger if it means she'll get the answers she needs, which makes thrilling reading. I really liked Jules and was captivated by her difficult situation from the start. I read Everless in one sitting, because I couldn't wait to find out more about all the secrets in this amazing book.
Sara Holland has written a fantastic original story. I love her world building skills and was impressed by her beautiful descriptive writing that makes the story come to life in a terrific raw way. Jules lives in a twisted and cruel world and Sara Holland perfectly describes every aspect of her perilous and heartbreaking existence. She also knows how to divide tension, which makes Everless a fabulous story to read. It's a beautiful spellbinding book that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
Befoe reading this I hadn't heard anything about itt until i recieved it in a book box. Wasn't disappointed, it was a thrill to read keeping me encased in the fanstasy the whole time. A fantastic page turner that was detailed and thrilling. I for one will be eagerly awaiting the next