Everless by Sara Holland

32320661In 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.

4 stars

I was very skeptical going into Everless. There were so many mixed reviews that I put off reading it until now even though I had the book sitting on my bookshelf since it came out last month.

I was swept up by this book! It held my attention from the get go. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. Wondering all the ‘What if?’ scenarios that could happen. In short, I loved it.

Everless is about a world where blood rules everything. It’s like currency. Blood is made into blood coins that can be used to give you more time in life. (I know I’m probably doing a terrible job at explaining)

Our main character Jules has been watching her father get sicker and sicker because he is giving more of his time to pay for their life. In order to keep him alive, Jules takes a servant job at the Everless estate. The same estate that Jules and her father used to live before they were chased away years ago. Even though her father has always warned away from Everless she goes anyway because they need the blood coins. Once she gets there, she realizes that the estate is full of secrets.

I loved the mystery of the story. I couldn’t predict anything that was going to happen! The twist in Everless really threw me for a loop. All the predictions I made were WAY OFF! Once everything came to light, it was awesome! I’m fangirling right now and I don’t care at all. I liked Jules as a protagonist. She was clever and didn’t back down from anything. I also liked brooding Liam. I couldn’t figure out what role he was going to play in this book. I hope we get more of him in the next one.

The only reason I couldn’t give it 5 stars was because of the romance between Jules and Roan. The story didn’t need it. Well I could see why they put it there, but I didn’t need it. It really seemed irrelevant to the story.

→ FINAL THOUGHTS

I loved it, I recommend it, and please go read it if you haven’t! Let’s talk about it!

12 thoughts on “Everless by Sara Holland

  1. My thoughts exactly regarding the romance. It just fell a bit off in my opinion.
    Did you get the mythical references? I must admit I’m utterly confused about the relationship part between the Sorceress and the Alchemist and about how they got captured and by whom. Maybe it was me though! 🙂

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  2. Lovely review – I’m glad to hear you overall enjoyed that one, even if the romance seemed a bit unnecessary. I love the concept of this and I definitely want to read it at some point, you made me eager to 🙂

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