Everless

Everless

In 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...

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Everless Reviews

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Oh, I loved this. Full of mystery, intrigue, and... well, more mystery.

    The plot was super fun and unique, and for the life of me, I couldn't predict a thing. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a page-turner here. I'm pretty sure I read the whole thing in almost 24 hours - I seriously couldn't set it down after the 20% mark.

    In a world where time is bound to blood, and people exchange blood/time currency to live, we follow Ju

    Oh, I loved this. Full of mystery, intrigue, and... well, more mystery.

    The plot was super fun and unique, and for the life of me, I couldn't predict a thing. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a page-turner here. I'm pretty sure I read the whole thing in almost 24 hours - I seriously couldn't set it down after the 20% mark.

    In a world where time is bound to blood, and people exchange blood/time currency to live, we follow Jules, the protagonist, as she makes the difficult decision to return to work at Everless, an estate owned by one of the most powerful families in the kingdom (and dangerous, I might add.) Jules and her father previously worked there, but due to a nasty accident and threats from one of the Everless sons, Jules father was determined to keep her from ever going back.

    But now she needs the money.

    Sooooo Jules returns and works as a servant, though she is quickly noticed by the two sons she knew as a child. All the while, she discovers some big secrets about her past and why she was really kept away from the Everless estate. Craziness ensues when the Queen arrives. Jules's father shows up and begs her to run away and stay far away from the Queen. BUT WHY?! So basically, we have a very confused Jules who keeps finding tidbits about her past and how its woven through a mysterious history linking back to when time was originally bound to blood iron. Which probably makes no sense without reading. Just roll with it.

    Anyway, I can't say anything else without giving up some major secrets, but I recommend going in blind. There are so many twists and turns, and wowzah, a major plot twist. I did NOT see it coming, and I always see them coming. I'm not even sure if I'm particularly happy with the direction, but I don't care because the concept was SO COOL. My only complaint is the magic system, while it was SO AMAZING, also felt a bit muddy at times, and the book was a *touch* slow in the beginning. Whatever, I don't even care because I loved it overall.

    Basically, all the stars for the crazy cool, totally original tale. One of the most unique magic system's I've ever seen. And if you're wondering about romance? Literally, anything I say will be a spoiler, but it was fairly minimal - but a really interesting set up for the sequel. I typically have to have a *smidge* of feels or someone to root for romantically, and you'll definitely feel that way here, so don't worry. And if you're someone who prefers romance to be minimal and not take over the plot, well... check. You'll be pleased as well.

    Needless to say, I'm ready for book two...

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  • Cait • A Page with a View

    Every so often I find a book that I simultaneously want to shove at everyone I see, yet also keep hidden & secret... because I just love it SO MUCH? I really don't have the right words to explain how much I adored this entire story. It's easily one of the best YA fantasy books I've ever read and totally a new favorite!

    Jules lives in a world where time is drawn from blood and forged into the currency of blood-iron coins, which the wealthy drink to live longer. Th

    Every so often I find a book that I simultaneously want to shove at everyone I see, yet also keep hidden & secret... because I just love it SO MUCH? I really don't have the right words to explain how much I adored this entire story. It's easily one of the best YA fantasy books I've ever read and totally a new favorite!

    Jules lives in a world where time is drawn from blood and forged into the currency of blood-iron coins, which the wealthy drink to live longer. This isn't just an idea that's casually thrown into the story like some interesting seasoning, though. The whole concept is fully explored and so deeply ingrained in every part of the story that it becomes.... aaah ok I really can't even begin to describe how real this whole world became. It was SO fascinating, though!!

    The book description is pretty accurate, so I think I'm just going to say what elements stood out for me. First of all, the writing is just amazing. It was almost mesmerizing at times and flowed really well. And the worldbuilding was complex, yet done so well that it felt simple. And I LOVED the winter setting so, so much. And the kitchens (yes, I'm predictable).

    But for real - this book seriously did everything right! I never once had to suspend belief to get into anything and never wanted to read faster or have the story go back to spend more time on something. The pacing was absolutely perfect. Everything unfolded with just the right amount of suspense to keep me invested but didn't withhold info so long that I stopped caring. I don't even know this author but I want to hug her.

    I know most of my review is talking about what the book

    do, but I think it worked so well for me that it really highlighted what's been lacking in many other books I've read lately. I've been wondering if I've just read too much YA fantasy and can't properly enjoy a book anymore or something. But this was EVERYTHING I wanted to read and I don't have a single complaint (except maybe that I don't have the sequel right now).

    There's a hint of a slow burn hate-to-love relationship with a brooding guy that's perfectly set up for the sequel, but Jules and her journey of self-discovery are the main focus in this book. There is zero instalove or time wasted on any love triangle. And I was expecting the main plot twists, but that honestly didn't matter in the end because the fun of the story was more in seeing

    everything fit together.

    I totally loved Jules, too. She was completely believable,

    , and all of her actions MADE SENSE. She never once irritated me and I was genuinely invested in her story. The fact that time does weird things around Jules never seemed like any special snowflake trope, either... especially by the end. I also liked that Jules had relationships with characters of all ages (like an older woman and younger boy in the kitchens). And it was so great to see how even the side characters felt like fully developed, complete people.

    The story vaguely reminded me of Red Queen at times (which I loved). But if you're not a fan of that series then just ignore that comparison because this really is a wonderfully unique story! I can't even imagine how many drafts it took to get an ARC that's this perfectly polished, but I am seriously impressed right now.

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  • C.G. Drews

    I was actually really nervous going into this because I'd seen a lot of mixed reviews. But I buddy read with my fabulous friend

    and we both ended up thinking it was pretty good!

    Nooo not unique, haha, I have seen In Time. But I loved the more epic-fantasy-esque spin to it?! And there was so much world building done around this that I was super impressed! Althoug

    I was actually really nervous going into this because I'd seen a lot of mixed reviews. But I buddy read with my fabulous friend

    and we both ended up thinking it was pretty good!

    Nooo not unique, haha, I have seen In Time. But I loved the more epic-fantasy-esque spin to it?! And there was so much world building done around this that I was super impressed! Although I really don't get why more people didn't get their time measured?? Because I mean, if you could, wouldn't you?? Especially before you drew money/time??? Anyway.

    She was just a bit...uninspiring. I mean, she was a Gryffindor and just basically flopped all about the place being a truly perfect and just heroine. (WHY DOES THIS MAKE ME SOUND EVIL? IT DOES. I AM. I'M SORRY.) I just like characters with more depth but Jules = good. The end. Plus lmao she made no sense some times.

    Actually what went down:

    Woman. You...you just...yOU JUST DON'T MAKE SENSE.

    Actually it had a lot of tropes, but most were done so well and originally (!!) which is just what I want to see. But THE SPWESHUL SNOWFLAKE™ REARS ITS HEAD. And personally I'm just done with it.

    • The villain reveals were SO GOOD. Like omg I was reeling and felt so betrayed!! EXCELLENT.

    • Seriously plot twists galore.

    • There is actually 80% focus on female friendships?!? Like good healthy ones that are fantastic.

    • Complex females everywhere

    • Looooook at them go! I'm literally giving it a whole star for this because I have been starved.

    • Liam was a complicated gift and I loved unpacking that

    • Everless, the super rich palace-like place of the nobles, was very interesting!

    • Romance was there, but actually very minimal and Jules put HER FOCUS ON THE PLOT!!!!!!

    • World building was A+ and I really got a sense of the world, dynamics, culture and politics which is AMAZING and also something I'm starved of

    • The moments were time slowed or were accidentally manipulated were really well written. Totally captivating!!

    It had so much going for it, and maaaaybe I didn't love Jules so much (I had this problem with

    with loving the story/world more than the narrator) but she was still interesting and a winning heroine! And THE PLOT TWISTS. Here for that.

  • Emily May

    I know you shouldn't go into a book expecting the worst, but these days it's hard not to approach any new YA fantasy without some trepidation. The genre is often tropey and unoriginal. Publishers churn out versions of the same old story again and again. It's hard to find the hidden gems among the pile.

    It's not a perfect book by any means and Holland does fall into some traps commonly fallen into by debut authors - namely,

    I know you shouldn't go into a book expecting the worst, but these days it's hard not to approach any new YA fantasy without some trepidation. The genre is often tropey and unoriginal. Publishers churn out versions of the same old story again and again. It's hard to find the hidden gems among the pile.

    It's not a perfect book by any means and Holland does fall into some traps commonly fallen into by debut authors - namely, the

    , and some

    that I didn't really understand for a long time. But it's okay. Because the mysteries here are interesting, the premise one I haven't come across before, and many things are... not what you first think.

    introduces a world where time is currency and a person's time can be drained or added to through blood. Punishments often involve bleeding a person's time from them, which in this world is the morbid equivalent of paying a fine. The richest, of course, have the most time and can, in theory, live indefinitely. While the poorest - like Jules Ember and her Papa - must literally bleed themselves dry to pay rent, cutting their lifespan down further and further.

    Jules watches her father sicken day by day as he gives up more of his time. In order to save him, she takes a job as a servant at Everless, the estate of the Gerlings - one of the wealthiest and most important families in Sempera. As we soon find out, though, Everless is a big part of Jules's past, as well as her future. There are many secrets to be uncovered and Jules must find out the truth of why her Papa always warned her away from the place.

    I found it extremely compelling.

    . The obvious romance was not as obvious as I first believed, and the villains came as quite a surprise. Don't be so sure who are the bad guys and who are the good guys.

    It is the kind of story that gets bigger and bigger as it moves along. The quiet mystery keeps on expanding and adding ever more questions. And I think the author really does this unique premise justice. She includes small moments, unrelated to the main story, that are deeply sad. Such as this:

    How awful to imagine a world where people bleed themselves, take years off their lives, to give their children a better life. How awful and how... believable. It is the perfect metaphor for what many poor parents in our world do for their kids.

    I thought it was a really interesting and engaging story. I enjoyed Jules's perspective and I'm excited by the hints of romantic possibility set up for the next book. I should warn you--

    ends on a particularly evil cliffhanger, but I wouldn't let that put you off. If you're anything like me, it'll just heighten the anticipation for the next book. Write fast please, Ms Holland!

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    December Fairyloot with link to close up pics ♥

    I was totally thinking this was going to be my first DNF book! Boy did it prove me wrong and I'm glad I kept going.

    At first I thought this was going to be like that movie, 'In Time.' Was that the name of it?

    BUT.......

    in this book you give your time in blood... gross!

    It's crazy and I probably have this a bit wrong, but the rich people take from the poor as usual. They can take their blood for whatever reason they can think up and they al

    December Fairyloot with link to close up pics ♥

    I was totally thinking this was going to be my first DNF book! Boy did it prove me wrong and I'm glad I kept going.

    At first I thought this was going to be like that movie, 'In Time.' Was that the name of it?

    BUT.......

    in this book you give your time in blood... gross!

    It's crazy and I probably have this a bit wrong, but the rich people take from the poor as usual. They can take their blood for whatever reason they can think up and they also use it as punishment. They can take enough to kill you or just take a few years off. I mean, who the hell wants to live forever anyway?

    Movin' on..

    We have Jules who goes to Everless to work for the Queen and Lady Gold (Ina). Ina is to be wed to Prince Roan and since Jules has had a crush on him all of her life, it makes her sad.

    Prince Liam is the evil brother that Jules loathes because he tried to kill Roan when they were little and Jules saved him. And he's just evil anyway.

    I like Caro, she was the what's it to the Queen and Ina. The head honcho so to speak but she was nice and fun.

    Jule's dad told her part of a secret and she's trying to figure out what in the world he meant by it. Then she starts having certain people telling her to get out of Everless, to run away and hide.

    And the plot thickens.

    Jules finds out she is not normal in the sense that we know it. She is something else!

    I freaking loved it and am looking forward to the next book because that freaking ending!

    PS-I said all kinds of things backward in this review to throw everyone off =) Read the book and figure it all out!

    Happy Reading!

    Mel ♥

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  • Lola

    I almost didn’t read this book, but then I discovered that my university has an online library through which students can borrow up to

    at a time. So when I found this particular title on it, I thought, ‘‘Well this must be fate.’’

    And indeed it was.

    Like everyone else, when I read the premise, I immediately thought of the movie

    . But aside from the fact that in both works time is literally money (how ironic), they are two very different unputdownable creatures.

    This

    I almost didn’t read this book, but then I discovered that my university has an online library through which students can borrow up to

    at a time. So when I found this particular title on it, I thought, ‘‘Well this must be fate.’’

    And indeed it was.

    Like everyone else, when I read the premise, I immediately thought of the movie

    . But aside from the fact that in both works time is literally money (how ironic), they are two very different unputdownable creatures.

    This is a story that caught my interest from chapter one. The world-building is original in a way that makes you want to know more about it, and you don’t get lost every time the author explores it further because the reader is in sync with Jules. We know as much as she does, no more, no less.

    I won’t lie, Jules is not going to become one of your favourite heroines of all time. She is reckless enough to infiltrate the house of the powerful family she despises, naïve enough to pin for a boy she hasn’t seen in ten years, and makes countless mistakes.

    But then again, she has a personality that comes off the page, which made it very hard to go to sleep at night, seeing that I was rarely bored. Not only that, but she is a likeable teenager. She doesn’t pretend to know everything, and more often than not she understands her missteps once she’s made them, but she’s willing to learn and ready to take control of her destiny.

    And never fear, while Jules does believe she has feelings for her childhood friend now grown up and ready to marry a princess, she doesn’t spend every waking moment thinking about him. And neither did I—certainly not when Liam was around.

    I know we’re all supposed to hate him, and as expected I did in the beginning and middle, but he’s one mysterious dude whose soul is not an easy one to figure out. Sara Holland knew what she was doing when she created him.

    A fast-paced YA fantasy book with a lush setting, a determined heroine, and intriguing family dynamics. I was ready to hate it, but I was bloody surprised time and time again. Oh, snap!

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  • Melanie

    Maybe I would have really enjoyed this if I hadn't read so much YA Fantasy. Maybe a younger Melanie would have ate this up and asked for seconds. Sadly, I’m just at the point in my life where I feel like I’ve read this all before.

    And the aspect of this story that is really cool and different is the everyone’s lifespan is their currency. In this world, you can bind your blood to iron to make coins. And they come in amoun

    Maybe I would have really enjoyed this if I hadn't read so much YA Fantasy. Maybe a younger Melanie would have ate this up and asked for seconds. Sadly, I’m just at the point in my life where I feel like I’ve read this all before.

    And the aspect of this story that is really cool and different is the everyone’s lifespan is their currency. In this world, you can bind your blood to iron to make coins. And they come in amounts of hours to years. Now this is absolutely amazing, and I love the concept completely, but my friend,

    , pointed out how similar it is to the movie

    starring Justin Timberlake and I just couldn’t unsee the similarities.

    The last negative thing I’ll say is that the romance isn’t very compelling, swoon-worthy, or even that good. It was very obvious, over the top, and added nothing to the story for me. And towards the end of this book, there was an opportunity for the main character to be like “I love and choose myself!” or even “I love and choose my family!” but instead it reads like she’s just picking another boy, and it felt so ungodly bad to read. Like, a rotten cherry on a mediocre sundae, you know?

    But I don’t think this is a “bad” book per say. And I don’t feel like the author is directly copying

    or is breaking any copyright laws or anything along those lines. This just wasn’t the book for me, personally, but there are ton of high reviews for this book so maybe take my review with a grain of salt.

    As for a synopsis, this is a story about a girl that has lived her life running from her past. Her and her father once lived in Everless, where her father worked as a blacksmith and she was able to play with the two royal brothers. But after an almost tragic incident, her and her father were forced to flee, in hopes to forever live their life in hiding.

    But the cost of living is expensive, and it’s exceptionally pricey if you pay in the currency of your life. Wanting to protect her father, our main protagonist, Jules, runs away to Everless to work among the people her father has continuously warned her against ever seeing again. Jules tries to stay undercover half the time, but the other half she literally doesn’t listen, or care, or forgets, or something. But regardless, we get thrown into a world of lies and deceit, and prophecies and old story book tales.

    Overall and again, I didn’t think was a terrible book by any means, it just felt like the same YA Fantasy story to me. Plus, it had an opportunity to be very powerful to young girls, and it just ended up reading like you always have to love a boy. Plus, I honestly couldn’t care less about any of the characters. Like, they felt so one dimensional to me, and Jules was the worst undercover character I’ve probably ever read about, despite her father’s very serious warnings. Again, I’m very much in the minority with my feelings towards this book, so hopefully if you pick it up you will enjoy it a lot more than I did.

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  • Em

    Ah yes, my first 1 star rating of 2018. I guess it’s that time of year again where I become 1% human and the other 99% is just crippling disappointment.

    I can’t overstate just how much I don’t care about this book. I’m looking at everyone’s five stars reviews and wondering if maybe we all truly live in different realities and the internet is the only commonly shared space which doesn’t change across universes, because how is it possible to have such astronomically different attitudes towards a th

    Ah yes, my first 1 star rating of 2018. I guess it’s that time of year again where I become 1% human and the other 99% is just crippling disappointment.

    I can’t overstate just how much I don’t care about this book. I’m looking at everyone’s five stars reviews and wondering if maybe we all truly live in different realities and the internet is the only commonly shared space which doesn’t change across universes, because how is it possible to have such astronomically different attitudes towards a thing unless we’ve read different versions of it?? I really tried to find something really nice and from my heart to say about this book but I just ended up sounding like someone who has only vaguely heard of human emotions or seen them play out once or twice!!

    Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for y'all but when I die and my life flashes before my eyes, 30% of it is just gonna be me staring at walls and wondering what the hell had I missed. No seriously, you know those renaissance paintings where people always look completely bored and disinterested through whatever significant scene they’re depicted in?

    The story is set in a world in which time is the ultimate currency and people consume blood-irons – alchemical coins that extend people’s lives by anything from hours to years. In this world, members of the rich aristocracy tax the people to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries and becoming essentially immortal, while the rest are left to beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day.

    A premise that seems magical, but the reality is quite depressing. I’ll never forgive this book for pretty much taking the concept from the

    movie and then not even following through with the revolution. Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried did not lead y'all to victory for you to turn away from battle.

    But anyway, moving on.

    At the top of the food chain, there's the Gerling family whom the heroine has vowed revenge against. Ten years before, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlin’s estate, until they were impelled to escape in the dead of the night from the Gerling prince. So when Jule finds out that her father is dying, she risks everything to return to Everless in order to buy him more time.

    An incredibly dangerous quest that's promptly forgotten in favor of ogling the hot mediocre white dude the heroine has last seen when she was 7 years old and for whom she still harbors feelings that she actually thinks are reciprocated, which was largely imaginary.

    I've already repressed memories from two days ago, but you want me to believe that she still feels a child's crush from ten years before? The second-hand embarrassment I felt then was literally the most powerful and intense emotion that I've ever experienced. Like, you might as well have taken my suspension of disbelief and shoot a damn cannon through it.

    She was presented with several opportunities to save her father, or at least extend his lifespan by a few days until she figures it out the

    . For instance, she could have snuck out; heck, her father literally came looking for her and instead of being like, 'well first things first, here are some of those blood-irons I carry around in an actual purse to prolong your life by a day at least', she only half listens as her father sputters a bunch of nonsensical riddles about the dangers that are looming over her head instead of, you know, outright telling her what they are. I mean, why be direct and frank when you can communicate badly for dramatic effect???

    Look, miscommunication as a plot device brings me ungodly amount of rage. No for real, I touch myself whenever I think about that scene. More specifically,

    because I get a headache from how awful it was. When the whole plotline could have been avoided if the characters just

    to each other, you know you have a problem. Honestly, I got secondhand exhaustion from the unnecessary drama in general. The plot twists were meh and didn't have any emotional impact beyond annoyance. I wish they could have at least given me some of that excess energy to do my college assignments and exercise and cook and just live in general.

    Moreover, there's also the matter that I still have no idea what the MCs look like. In fact, the only other character whose skin color was repeatedly mentioned was Bea, who's the only woman of color. And I'm going to be blunt here:

    Bad writing and little regard for her as an individual has led her to be a cardboard cut-out character with little purpose. Her potential was stamped on and her page-time minimized, and even worse, she was relegated to the pretty maiden whom the rich guy had slept with, which quite frankly pissed me off a lot.

    Look, if you're going to include POC in your narrative, don't push them to the sidelines, with little individual worth and even fewer lines and make their storyline unimportant and always in relation to their white counterparts. You just can't claim diversity by sprinkling in a few non-white extras that are only shown briefly. It's lacking, to be honest.

    Anyway, I'm currently feeling my body wracked with 3 million preemptive headaches just remembering how mediocre this book was. I have so many regrets and not calling it a

    is probably all of them.

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