Maybe I am a mystery— a secret— that needs unravelling…
Author: Sara Holland
Page Count: 368 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ .5
Publisher: HarperTeen by Harper Collins
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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, 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.
Lately I’ve been feeling a bit disappointed with some of the YA fantasy floating around. There’s been lots of overdone themes and everyone out there… we DO NOT need another Snow White retelling. Trust me. We have enough.
When Everless landed on my doorstep as part of the Indigo Teen Staff Picks all I could think was “wow that is an amazing cover”. Look at how gorgeous it is! Cover art is a whole new level of art. I just couldn’t stop staring at it. After reading the synopsis I was intrigued! A world where time is used a currency? How would that work? What would that entail?
IT KICKED BUTT. I loved Everless. The world building and the discoveries of the past weaving in with the present was so clever, playing on the idea of time again in another way. The descriptions of the way they use time as currency was really vividly explained and I could totally picture it. Now that’s some great storytelling.
The only reason I knocked a half star off was because there was a bit of a plot hole staring at me near the end. I was really surprised that wasn’t explained better because the rest of the story was so top notch! I’m going to have faith in Holland that she will bring that back into book 2, hopefully giving us a cool answer. Go grab Everless! Such a great start to a new series!
**Thank you to IndigoTeen for sending me a copy of Everless for an honest review, I honestly loved it!**