Everless by Sara Holland
Published: January 2, 2018 by HarperTeen
Series: Everless, #1
Source: Hardcover, 368 pages
Summary: In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything– even time. Ever since the fabled age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days, and years have been extracted from blood, bound to iron, and preserved in coins. Now aristocrats like the Gerling family flourish for centuries, while commoners live out their scant years in bitter resentment.
And no one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. She and her father were once servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate– until a fateful accident drove them away. Now, desperate to earn time, Jules returns to Everless amidst preparations for the wedding of Roan, the youngest Gerling lord to the Queen’s daughter.
Between Roan’s unexpected kindness, his brother Liam’s cruelty, and the chilling rumors surrounding the Queen, Everless holds more temptation– and danger– than Jules thought possible. The stories of her childhood begin to take on new significance, spiraling her deeper into a past she hardly recognizes and revealing a tangle of violent secrets that could change her future– and the future of time itself– forever.
Rating: I gave this 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads!
Thoughts: I absolutely loved this! This book was a highly anticipated book for me this year, and I am so happy that it was everything, plus more, that I wanted it to be! First of all, the cover is beautiful. Like, just look at it! The premise of this is so interesting to me. Their blood is literally their time. Blood is bound to iron to create their currency.
I know a lot of people say this is like the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake, and I guess it sort of is, just not. It is fantasy. This isn’t set in our future like In Time. This is a fantasy world that is written so well.
So yes, the storyline is one of the most interesting ones I’ve read! I loved the idea that time is money, and when you run out, you die. Our main character, Jules, just so happens to be one of the poor with her Papa. They literally bleed themselves dry just to pay rent. It is so sad. My heart literally hurt for Jules. At one time, Jules and her Papa lived at Everless, an estate owned by one of the most powerful and dangerous families in Sempera, and served, but due to certain circumstances and a nasty character, they were forced to leave, and therefore became poor. Papa refuses to allow them to return, but when Jules notices her Papa is showing signs of dying, Jules decides to return back to Everless to be a servant so that she can get paid a lot of time so she can help her Papa. And that is where our story really begins.
This book is so intriguing and full of mystery and more mystery. The story really builds as you read. Once I got through the world set up and some of the lore of the story, I was hooked. I could not stop reading this one. I was so invested in the story, and all of the characters. Holland has a really good thing going here.
Our main character, Jules, is so complex. She is a strong, stubborn girl who won’t stop until she gets what she needs. She won’t stop until she rights a few wrongs. I loved her. She was such a well-written character that you definitely will be pulling for!
Literally all of the characters here are so good. I have zero complaints about any of them, and that is odd for me, haha!
The biggest thing I loved about this book is that everything is definitely not as it seems. I could not predict what happened, no matter how I tried. I saw very few things coming, and I loved that. The mystery grows and slowly unfolds. It honestly seemed like the story found out things as the reader did, which was really fun to me. I feel like a lot of books with mystery elements has sort of a “I know something you don’t know” feel to it until the reader figures it out, but this one did not feel that way at all. I lovedddd it.
My mind was blown with this story. We ended on quite the evil cliffhanger, but please do not let that stop you from reading this. It is so good and so worth it. I am so ready for the sequel, and we don’t even have a release date yet. Waaahhhhh. 😦
This will be a long wait, but I am SO here for it!
Have you read Everless? What were your thoughts?
Thanks for reading! (: