Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Book Review → Everless By Sara Holland


★★★★
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.

I received this book in my December Fairyloot box and my first impressions were that the cover is stunning! I love the Hardback books that come with Fairyloot boxes, they always blow me away and this has got to be one of my faves. In regards to the actual story, I hadn't heard anything about it so was going into it with no expectations, just a hope for something a bit different - and that it certainly delivered on! 

The concept of time being currency and that a person's time can be drained or added to through their blood is something I've not yet come across so I was impressed at the author's originality to start with. A lot of Young Adult books these days are very similar, with the majority of stories being about faeries, vampires, witches, etc...and it can be difficult to break out of that pattern and write something unique. But Sara Holland really went for it and I thoroughly enjoyed the change. The world building was great and I really felt like I knew what was going on when they spoke about certain politics and culture which some YA books falls short on so A+ for that!

The main character Jules is very easy to connect with as she is doing what she can to keep her Papa alive and well, despite her past experiences in Everless that have kept her and her father away for so many years. She's brave, incredibly believable and really quite heroic in the sense that she is constantly warned to stay away from Everless for reasons unknown to her, yet knowing how desperate times are for her and her Papa, she sticks it out anyway. 

I loved the relationships she had with all the characters she came across; from the little boy in the kitchens to the woman who is to marry Prince Roan, and the mysterious undertones of a romance that strings you along only to surprise you at the very end. Not everything is as it seems - for a lot of the book you think you know who the good guys and the bad guys are but I'm telling you now, without spoiling anything for you, don't get too caught up on it. 

It's full to the brim of beautifully descriptive visuals, intricately layered and flawed characters that come from heart-wrenching back stories and keeps you rooting for Jules to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Everless and it's rulers. The Queen, despite having such a dramatic hype throughout the story, didn't do a lot for me as a character but hey, I loved pretty much every other character that was introduced so it's fine.

There's a lot of mystery, intrigue and unknown danger throughout the whole book and following Jules on her journey of self discovery was exciting, dramatic and a real page turner. It was refreshing to read a book that wasn't primarily based around a romance, but more on female friendships and Jules finding out about her past and present. There were a lot of plot twists and it left off on a pretty crazy cliffhanger that potentially sets up for more romance in the next instalment alongside another huge journey so I'm super excited to see where the story goes and how Jules handles the information she now has. 

If you're a fan of YA fantasy then I definitely recommend you giving this a read. I've read quite a few reviews stating that it shares some similarities with the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake which I wouldn't know as I haven't seen it, but please don't let that throw you off. It really is an interesting read which will keep you on your toes all the way through and throw a million plot twists your way right at the end that you didn't see coming... T_T 

Have you read Everless? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. I'm a bit fan of YA lit but tend to stick your your typical romance-style novels, fantasy has never really been my cup of tea. But reading your review has really tempted me to give this book a try, it seems like a good introduction to the world of the fantasy genre.

    Chloe x

    http://www.yourschloe.co.uk/

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    1. It definitely is! With no vampires, werewolves, faeries or the like, it's a great way to get into fantasy without having the mainstream stuff thrown in your face :) Hope you enjoy it if you read it, hun! xo

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  2. I hadn't heard of this book either, your review is really detailed and gave a really good insight as to what we should expect from the book! I'm not really into fantasy novels but this review may have tempted me if I ever get down some of my TBR pile I might give it a try! Also I agree that the cover is stunning!

    Jess xx
    foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, I tried to write it without giving away too many spoilers, think I managed, just about! It's not over the top fantasy so it would be a good introduction to the genre :) xo

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  3. Sounds a great book not a genre I’ve tried before but will definitely look out for this after reading your review 😍 thank you

    Lisa
    https://TVAddict2017.blog

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  4. I've not heard of this book before and it sounds quite interesting. I know there was a film a few years back called In Time and that had a "time as currency" theme (not seen it but seen trailers). I may have to give this book a try. Great review!

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  5. I haven’t heard of this book before but I really like the storyline. Your review is excellent and wonderfully detailed thanks so much for sharing .

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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  6. I haven’t heard of this book before but I agree the cover is stunning, I would definitely pick it up in a shop. It sounds like an interesting story and I like the fact that the author has tried something new and original. I’ll definitely bear this one in mind. Thanks for the great review Jess! 😘 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  7. This sounds like a really neat book. I love unique worlds and will have to look for this one!

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