Friday 29 June 2018

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.


Review: I'm not normally a massive reader of this genre, I definitely have to be in the mood for it but when I heard the author talk about this book recently, I knew I had to jump in. And I was really pleased that I did. Although this book has fantastical and magical elements to it, the world is not too dissimilar to our world and so there are definitely things that I could recognise. Secondly, this author did such a great job of world building, I could picture exactly where the characters were in each scene and where they were referencing in their exchanges. 

I also really enjoyed this book because of the strong female lead. I am a sucker for a strong female at the helm and so, no matter the genre, if you've got that, you've got me hooked, Jules is a great lead, she knows her own mind and she is not afraid to take risks. If she needs to go for something, she is going to go for it no matter what stands in her way. There is definitely more to her than meets the eye and I can't wait to see what she gets up to in the next book!

One of the other things that I enjoyed about this book was Jules's relationship with her father. So often in Young adult literature, we have an absent father or a negative relationship between father and protagonist. These two have a great relationship in this novel and I believe that Jules would do anything for her father and vice versa. I really enjoyed reading about their history as well as their future and it is something that has stuck with me since finishing the book. 

I loved the concept of time being something which can be sold and which we have within us and the constraints that that brings society and I really want to see how this is explored further in book 2. This series is sure to be great and even if Evermore is the only other fantasy book I read in the future, I'm sure I will enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed Everless!

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