Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I liked Everless. Was it amazing? No, but it was an enjoyable YA Fantasy novel. I’ve been excited to read this book ever since I first heard its premise. The idea is so interesting, but unfortunately the execution just seemed a little under developed. The origin story of The Sorceress and The Alchemist, which is supposed to explain how the blood-irons came to be, was confusing and didn’t feel fully completed or fleshed out with enough detail. The first mention of it was confusing and hard to follow, and I just kind of accepted that it had happened somehow and moved on. They keep coming back to the legend, so I was able to figure out a little more every time, but I still didn’t feel like I had a full grasp on it. Background info aside, I did still enjoy the concept and the world of the story. I felt very indifferent about most of the characters. Jules was a very typical YA heroine, and her “love interest”, Roan, was super boring. I did like Liam and Caro and thought they were interesting and a little more complex. The plot of this book started off a bit slower, but MAN did it pick up towards the end. The last few chapters were awesome and had a bunch of twists that I actually didn’t see coming, which surprised me because the rest of the book had been pretty predictable. Overall, Everless was a quick and fun read, and after that ending I’m excited to see where the story goes from here!
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I was initially excited for this to come out, but have come to realize that my library obviously doesn’t mean to order it. However, I’ve seen many reviews suggesting it’s an average YA at best, so I guess my time is better spent elsewhere anyway.
Yeah, it wasn’t life changing. Enjoyable, but there are a lot of better books out there!
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Glad this was enjoyable, if not amazing. Great review!