Today I present to you a spoiler-free review of one of the best books I’ve read this year – Everless by Sara Holland! Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The review is completely my own view of the book.
In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.
“All of these things are tied together in shifting and complicated ways, yet still nothing is clear.”
Woah. Just WOAH. What did I just read?
Right after finishing the book I was speechless and I literally didn’t do anything at all for half a day just because I was shook – Everless completely blew me away okay I just want the second book NOW
even though the first book is yet to be published. Guys, honestly, this book is gonna be the next big thing in YA Fantasy and I’m so so excited for y’all to read it! Alas, I’m so blessed to be sent an ARC of something I actually wanna read, so cheers for that NetGalley! Now let’s get on with my review trust me, it’ll be lit as.
To be casually honest with you – I’m quite happy just to disintegrate right now into a puddle of glittery feels and call it a day because this book NAILED IT – it’s original, perfectly paced, plot-twisting – and I adore this book so much it hurts. Before I continue though, I have to let you know that I’m still in that weird-post-epic-book stage so please do understand and I’ll try my best to sound coherent and sane.
The book basically is about a girl named Jules Ember who lives in a world where time can be drown from blood and is used as currency – in the form of blood-iron coins – and the coins can be dissolved in wealthy people’s drinks in which they consume to live a long live. In a world where time is bound directly to blood, Jules makes the difficult decision to return to work at Everless, an estate owned by the Gerlings, one of the most powerful families in the kingdom of Sempera. Jules and her father previously worked there, but thanks to an awful accident and threats from one of the Gerling sons, Jules father was absolutely determined to keep her from ever going back, in every way he could. But they need the money to survive. And Jules, being the dutiful daughter that she is, defies her father in order to save him from trading his last bit of time remaining – and back to Everless she went.
The world-building : It’s a very original and fascinating world and I can’t help but love it! The author also created several unique myths and legends that are crafted in the most intriguing ways that captured me almost instantly – and oh they were epic
and important I must add and is perfectly weaved into the storyline. The bloody magic system was fantastic and well-explored, I mean it’s SUCH A COOL WORLD!!!!! However, as a medical student, I do wanna point out on the unhygienic methods of blood-letting and I cringed at some scenes oh well Anyways, the synopsis is quite accurate too, so I’ll leave you to dwell on that, for now.
The writing: the novel has a consistent, strong and elegant prose – which I absolutely loved
and I wish I could write like that. The pacing was 100% perfect, no faults I could find. Everything in the book unfolded with just the right amount of suspense to keep me fully invested yet didn’t withhold information so long that I simply stopped caring and did the ‘meh’ thing. I don’t really have a complaint to be honest wait what other than the fact I don’t have the sequel right now.
“A strange feeling flowers in me, like I’m standing at the edge of a cliff, looking out to the green and blue sea, which I’ve only ever seen drawn in books, its waves sloshing and beautiful and endless – and from this height, deadly.”
The characters: Jules is great, I actually like her a lot! Unlike the several YA fantasy female leads that I was fortunate to read lately, Jules is headstrong, her actions freaking made sense and she does everything from her heart – and not just stumble her way through everything
ugh except, well, when she actually stumbled into some deep shit – which is expected when you work as a servant girl in a dangerous household right? And Jules also bonds with people of other ages – an older lady in the kitchen, and a little errand boy – that’s sweet to see because it completes Jules character: kind, determined and righteous.
We get to meet two
handsome Gerling bros: Roan – the sweet, smiley, blue-eyed dude, and Liam – the seemingly rude, moody, dark-eyed dude. If you are wondering about romance and potential ships, sorry but my lips are sealed on that. BuuUT, there’s a set up if it can even be called one for book 2 and i totally dig it so just fyi. The feels are definitely there (for me anyways) – so I have high hopes for book 2 and I’m ready for it right now. To keep in mind, this book is mainly on Jules self-discovery/development and laying of a strong foundation for the rest of series – which is crucial for a successful fantasy series! For those who are sitting on the fence about whether to read this book or not: there is zero instalove or time wasted on any love triangle , you’re welcome.
Bottomline: I ADORE THIS BOOK OKAY so I probably won’t shut up about it for the rest of year and the next. I wish I could tell you more guys, but this book is honestly such a gem and I would hate to spoil even the littlest of details! So I highly recommend you going in blind and you’ll find yourself a lovely feast of plot-twists and surprises. This book did give me a strong Red Queen vibe at the beginning (with the two rich, powerful brothers and blood being the main concern) – BUT – don’t let that sway you guys because it’s not like Red Queen at all – but fans of that series will surely be delighted by Everless! It’s one of the most spectacular books I’ve had the pleasure to read this year and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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