Author: Sara Holland
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: December 27, 2017
Genres: Young adult, Fantasy
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: 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.
everless was so much better than i thought it was going to be.
i heard so many negative things about everless that i went in expecting to really dislike it. i read everless in less than 2 days, which for me is really good for me (it’s been taking me more than a week for most books ..)
the storyline was so good. sure it’s similar to other fantasy books in terms of a poor peasant girl getting a job in a castle and falling in love with 2 princes (one good and one bad). what sets everless apart is the plot twists. they were so unique and very unexpected. i didn’t like the use of blood/time as currency. it’s been used in in time and i didn’t particularly like it there either. i like the unique twist to it but i’d’ve preferred if they used actual money.
i quite liked jules, although she became a little annoying at some points (kinda special snowflake-y), but for the most part i thought she was an interesting character.
ina was my favourite. she was not what i was expecting – not a bitch like i originally thought she’d be. she was so nice and caring. i liked her relationship with jules and caro. i really enjoyed how the three girls got along without the “girls can’t be friends because they’re too busy being bitchy or jealous about one another”.
so there wasn’t much in the way of a love triangle, but it definitely felt like something was being hinted at (possibly in the sequel?). i hope it doesn’t end up happening, it’s been used way too much. especially the good guy vs bad guy trope (which is also apparent in everless)
overall, yeah please – pick up everless right away. it’s worth it, such a good read with beautiful writing.