Everless by Sara HollandEverless by Sara Holland

Everless

bySara Holland

Hardcover | January 2, 2018

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"Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time." —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

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.

Fans of Victoria Aveyard, Kendare Blake, and Stephanie Garber will devour this lush novel's breathtaking action, incredible romance, and dangerous secrets.

Sara Holland grew up between small-town Minnesota and the countless fictional worlds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. Visit her online at www.sarahollandwrites.com.
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Title:EverlessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062653652

ISBN - 13:9780062653659

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everless It went in a direction I did not expect and I liked it
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it A very unique story that kept me on the edge of my seat
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Good book, a little predictable. I am looking forward to the second one
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everless I like that it wasn't the same as all the other fantasy novels
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this book a while ago and never got around to reading it but when I finally decided to I could not put it down! I finished it in less then a day and am counting down until the next one comes out! If you like books such as red queen, the lunar chronicles, and the fire bird trilogy you will not be disappointed with this book!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very excited for the sequel I knew nothing about this book when I bought it but I was not disappointed. The story is very creative and the twists keep coming until the end. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth the read, but not excellent. This was a very good concept. However, the book was quite slow and the main character can get infuriating at times. Some parts were predictable as well. With that being said, it was pretty decent and I will read the sequel when it comes out!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the sequel! 4.5 Okay ya'll, 2018 is freaking killing it so far, what an awesome start to the year. Everless is such a unique and refreshing concept. Love the magic in the word, and Holland writing brings it to life perfectly. I will admit that this book did fall victim to some trappings that many debute YA novels experience - periodic info dumps, and slow starts - but it was amazing none the less. The last quarter of Everless made up for any of it shortcomings. The characters were so interesting, and I can't wait to see their developement in the books ahead, especially Jules and Liam. And daymn, shout out to that freaking ending. While I called one or two things, there were enough twists to shock me. I know we are at least a year away, but like, I need the sequel in my hands right now.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good idea The idea behind all this story is good, the characters are well presented, but the book in itself was not as good as expected. I'm still going toi read the second one, but I was hoping for something a little better.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fantastic concept, poor execution I'm so sad that this book was so boring. This was an anticipated read and it makes me so sad that I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. Everless takes place in a fantasy world where time is literally money. Time is extracted from our blood and turned into coins that are used as payment. The rich can live (practically) forever, whereas the poor die through debt. Jules grew up in the Everless estate, where she mingled with the powerful family who lived there, but her and her father fled after an incident happened. Her father always warned her to never go back there, but she must return in order to save her dying father. Curious things are happening at the Everless estate as Jules learns the truth about herself and her past. The thing that drew me to this book was that it had a fantasy world and plotline that focused on the concept of time and that time is literally money. I love time stories -- time travelling, time bending, etc. I think it's an interesting concept to see how something so ephemeral and vital will be used in stories where this sort of thing is reality. I really enjoyed seeing how it was used in the book, with the concept of "blood irons" which are the coins made of time that has come from blood. It can be dissolved into drinks in order to be consumed and extend life, or used as currency. There are also strange occurrences within the world where time has been disrupted or pockets where time runs differently have occurred. However, what disappoints me about this book is that nothing ever really happens until the end. I made it halfway through still being interested in what happens next with the hopes that something interesting will happen and it never really did until the end. The resolution of ongoing questions and problems really only happens at the end and it's over quite quickly. It does not bode well that i was bored while reading through the most violent parts of the book.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but predictable I don't know if it is because I read a lot of YA books, but this book was incredibly predictable. Unique idea with the time as money concept though.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plot Twists Galore This book was all over the place when it first came out, and while it looked vaguely interesting, I didn't pay much attention to it. I usually don't until the paperbacks come out unless I get an ARC, since I'm not big on hardcovers. But this popped up as an audiobook from my local library, and I figured it was worth giving it a go. At the very least, it would keep me entertained while I drove. This book was so good. It was set mostly in a castle, which is always a plus, there was all kinds of family drama, there was magic, and it was super entertaining. The way that the plot twists and turns around the characters and the magic is so well done, and the pacing is perfect to keep you completely enthralled in the story. Is it the most original story in the world? No. We've seen the whole time-as-currency thing before, and we've seen the million and one special snowflake plots before. But in spite of this, Holland has put together such a fun, entertaining story, and I'm so curious to see where this is going to go next.  As well, Jules was pretty meh as a character. Which is fine, because her personality is not overly important to the plot. But that would have taken this book to a whole other level, because the other characters were well done. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see where this plot goes next. If you enjoy the special snowflake sorts of books, magic that messes around with time, and stories that take place in castles, you should definitely check out Everless!
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Hype Unfortunately, Everless falls far short of the mark. The writing is mediocre and not very compelling, sometimes telling when showing is needed, and the characters all feel flat. The worldbuilding is not too strong either and I was able to guess all the twists in beginning of the book, bar one (which was not overly shocking or original anyways). In general, I thought the concept was interesting (not necessarily original, but what is these days?), but the execution was terrible, probably due to the fact that this is a debut (but I feel that her editor & others should've caught this though!). Unless there are marked improvements in the sequel (not sure if I'll even be interesting in reading a year later), I wouldn't recommend Everless.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grows on you At first I thought I had chosen badly and this book wasn't for me. I persevered and found myself drawn into a story of lies and deceit, of people who are not what they appear, and a story I thoroughly enjoyed. I hear there is a sequel!
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing breakout series An incredible debut for this author! I can't wait for the next installment
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review This review has been a long time coming, but I really don’t have too much to say. Everless is pretty much your standard YA fantasy. It was relatively well done, but it wasn’t anything special. I actually really think this would be a good book for someone new to YA fantasy. The world-building was well done in the way that I couldn’t find any fault with it. However, there were some major “info-dumps” in the beginning, which caused the story to brag a bit. I also just didn’t find Everless all that engaging. It had an interesting concept with time being used as currency, and it was a relatively well-written book, but it just didn’t capture my attention. I can see where others would enjoy it, but Everless was not the book for me. Overall, Everless had an interesting concept, but failed to capture my attention, earning it 3 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Idea The storyline of this book sounded fascinating to me. Unfortunately this book followed too many clichés and stereotypical character tropes to be a great read. That being said it was good enough for me to finish it.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book had all the things I love about YA fantasy but with a few unique features.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved!!! This book reminded me of why I like to read! Great! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Fantastical Read! Loving these books...each one is just so fantastical....and yet believable!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This book is exciting. It has many twists and turns some that you expect and some that are surprising. Can't wait for a book number 2 and the adventures it has
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Reading I didn't know if I would like reading this book or not when I started it. But from the first chapter it sucked me into the story and I ended up loving the story and characters. I can't wait for the sequel.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Magical Fantasy I am a sucker for good world building, and this grabbed me on the first page. Magical and immersive from head to toe. At first when I read the time as currency, I thought it's already been done. What a lie. Not only was the fantasy twist so much better, but the detail, history and myth Holland gives the concept was a breath of fresh air. There wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about this story. The characters were great, the world inspiring, and the story twisty. I tried to make my guesses as I read and every time I was wrong or only half right. It was such a fun reveal to read. The style of writing was also wonderful, and I think that's because it's somewhat similar to what I write myself. It was familiar and comfortable and really helped me fly devour this book. My only issue was the pacing in the middle. Man, was that kind of slow. It was almost as though the story wasn't sure where it was going until it reached the last quarter, and then hoo boy did it get good. In retrospect, I see that Holland is laying the stones for the rest of the story and the next book, but I think quite a bit of it could have been cut and streamlined. That said, bring on book 2! 4/5
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everless I loved the unique plot of this book, and the way the author took it.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly enjoyable I was surprised to enjoy this book as much as I did. The concept is unique, it doesn't highly focus on romance for a change (although I'm sure the sequel will and I totally dig that), and it's a quick enough read. I didn't find this book highly predictable compared to a lot of other YA novels I've read.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So cliché it hurt Basically, if you are annoyed by tropes found in fantasy, then don't read this. If you can't suffer an cupboard character who is literally too stupid to live, don't bother. I saw the "twists" for miles away, so there was really nothing left to enjoy.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It This is one of the most unique concepts in a YA novel I have read in years. I am impatiently waiting for the sequel.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! haven't read such a hooking YA book in a while! It was easy to follow and the uneven pages on the side of the book add great detail to it! not to mention- that cover!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book is amazing. Once I started it, I couldn't stop. Sara Holland is an amazing storyteller!
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and Fascinating Loved Everless by Sara Holland, well crafted and striking YA read, extravagant ending.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing A great story and strong characters. There is enough mystery and suspense to keep you wondering what will happen next.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Loved this book, especially the protagonist. Read this in one sitting because I couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so I bought this about a week ago. I really loved the idea and the world, but I simply couldn't bring myself to love our protagonist. She was quite reckless and it bothered me.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting! The book flows well and has a lot of twists and turns! The main characters' whole view of Everless is based on her childhood experiences and what her father has to say until she's forced to face it herself as a young adult in need of money. Very good writing in mixing memories and thoughts with reality, does not drag out as some books that have memory/back story flashes in them tend to. Great storyline altogether, I finished the book in a day.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised Bought this book online after reading 5 chapters of it in the bookstore. I really like the concept even though many people said that it was copied form a movie but I honestly could care less if it had the same concept. It was done differently, with different characters and the whole world was just different. Do not expect this to be a romance centered book disguised as fantasy. Although there is romance, I think I appreciated the relationship between our main character and the side characters. And there are plenty of them. The ending was pretty outrageous but it still gave me chills as I was reading it. I guess I should have seen it coming but seeing Jules discover who she is and her past was so exciting and I could not put the book down. I read this in one sitting and no one is more surprised about that than me.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was ok The story itself was interesting, but i found it dragged out..
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyed This One I've been wanting to read this for a long time and I binged it in two days. The story was great and I liked the world that Holland created. Some things were a little cliche but considering it's apparently the first in a series, that's only to be expected of YA Fantasy. Overall, very good.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I enjoyed this book very much. Sara Holland creates a world filled with mystery and intrigue. Jules Ember is a sweet girl and the reader can’t help falling in love with her. But … there is so much we don’t know about her. In fact, her entire past is shrouded in mystery. All we know is that for some reason, she had to flee her home of Everless due to a mysterious fire that almost killed her childhood friend. Since then she has lived on the run with her father, as he slowly wilts away before her eyes. She was young when they fled and everything is a bit of a haze. Except she knows that it is the fault of the eldest Gerling son that she had to leave. He all but banished her father and her. But now she is returning to Everless, to uncover the mysteries of her past and discover what her future hold. I couldn’t predict how this story would unravel and, for fear of giving away spoilers, I won’t say any more. But if you love fairytales and fantasy, this is a book you should definitely pick up.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW I was blown away with the creativity and versatility of this book! Time as Money!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Officially my favorite book! This was such a beautiful story and I could not put it down! I have not read such a good book in a long time...
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay It is a cool concept, but could have been carried out better
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! This was such a great book with an amazing story line! I could not put it down!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I bought this book and loved every bit of this
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from mo I was reluctant to order this book but I did! I should have gone with my but feeling because a few pages into the story I was disappointed.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So GOOD!! I got this book yesterday and absolutely loved it!! I couldn't put it down because the story line was so inviting. There wasn't a lot of romance which I loved and it focused on the main girl and the world she lives in. Ngl I can't wait for the sequel and probably should've read this later since I'll have to wait a year.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a good start to a series *I received an ARC of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* actual rating: 3.5 stars Read this in one sitting. A great first novel. I'm hoping for more plot and world building in the next book..I hope she expands on the world and the magic and that the characters and their relationships grow... but overall this was such a fun fantasy read! I'll be reading the sequel.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time is Prison - A Pulse Pounding Fantasy Everless by Sara Holland is the first book in a new fantasy series about a world where time is currency. The more you give the older you become and vice versa for the more you receive. It follows Jules as she desperately wants to help her dying father out with his debts. She takes up a servant job at the Everless estate where her father once worked in order to prevent her father from giving away all his time. What she doesn't know is that there is a bigger reason her father took her away from that castle and she is all too eager to find out why. As the first fantasy book of the year, I was ecstatic about how freaking good it was. Like hot damn! I was enamored from beginning to end. I loved the world, the characters, and the plot-line; so riveting. There is nothing more than I love than court drama and Everless does not disappoint. From the mysterious but ruthless Queen to the young Lord that used to be her childhood friend. Every character was set up so nicely. And we mustn't forget the Caro... she's the Queen's maidservant, but oh so much more! I quite enjoyed Jules as the MC in more ways than one. She has weaknesses and strengths and she really comes into herself as the story progresses and she finds the answers she never knew she needed. She's the type of character that you just can't help but root for! The plot-line was so interesting. Holland mixes her story with history and lore that was both dark and bleak. Nothing was ever as it seemed and I enjoyed that aspect a lot! There is so much more to be discovered and I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok it could have been so much better, and the hype just wasn't up to the standards.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Debut That Is A Must Read! What got my attention to start reading Everless is the summary and the cover. I was so engrossed in the pages that I wish that the end had more pages! The story is so twisted, the characters are even more interesting. There is so many secrets, mystery, hints of romance and danger at every turn. Sara Holland's beautiful debut will definitely an amazing read that will capture the readers attention and wish you had the second book in your hands. The Kingdom of Sempera is where time is the currency, which is extracted from blood and added to another's own lifespan. The Gerlings have lived centuries. Then we meet our main character Jules Ember. She is a strong female lead who is in need of saving her father who is her only family. After being sent away from Everless as a child, she must go back in order to save him. Jules is very fearless and smart. She cares more about helping others than helping herself. The ending will completely shock you as you won't be expecting it at all!! I was in total shock that I didn't even see it coming. There is betrayal and many secrets that Jules will uncover about the Queen, the Gerlings and and most of all herself. I will say that one character surprised me the most throughout the entire book and I was happy with who is was. I found that he was more firm with his decisions and kept to himself for many reasons. Overall, Everless was a fantastic debut to this series!! Now to wish for book two!!!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Debut! What got my attention to start reading Everless is the summary and the cover. I was so engrossed in the pages that I wish that the end had more pages! The story is so twisted, the characters are even more interesting. There is so many secrets, mystery, hints of romance and danger at every turn. Sara Holland's beautiful debut will definitely an amazing read that will capture the readers attention and wish you had the second book in your hands. The Kingdom of Sempera is where time is the currency, which is extracted from blood and added to another's own lifespan. The Gerlings have lived centuries. Then we meet our main character Jules Ember. She is a strong female lead who is in need of saving her father who is her only family. After being sent away from Everless as a child, she must go back in order to save him. Jules is very fearless and smart. She cares more about helping others than helping herself. The ending will completely shock you as you won't be expecting it at all!! I was in total shock that I didn't even see it coming. There is betrayal and many secrets that Jules will uncover about the Queen, the Gerlings and and most of all herself. I will say that one character surprised me the most throughout the entire book and I was happy with who is was. I found that he was more firm with his decisions and kept to himself for many reasons. Overall, Everless was a fantastic debut to this series!! Now to wish for book two!!!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Original Pulse-pounding Tale Everless was not at all what I expected. To be honest, I didn't have any expectations except hoping for an absorbing fantasy story which was exactly what I got but also much more. The world in Everless was entirely its own. I really enjoyed the concept of time being the currency traded in blood. Without having to say, we know the importance of having money. The story paints a really clear and perhaps brutal picture of the difference between the rich and the poor. It was a vastly unfair world but one that was well-established. The slow build up and small reveals in Everless were perfect. The writing was really compelling. There was always an undertone of urgency to the story that had my attention. It kept me reading. I desperately just needed to know. Jules was brave but also utterly reckless. I love the way she gave her all to people and things she cared about but I also think it would've done her well to have listened to other people (mainly her father). Her actions always put her in danger and if she wasn't so lucky to have had help, she would've been completely on her own. As it is, I'm curious to see how she will get by in the next book. I had a tiny issue with the climax of Everless. It came and went very quickly before we could fully comprehend exactly what went down. In the blink of an eye, everything was changed. However the twists and turns were quite the experience and some of the confessions definitely surprised me. There was very little romance in Everless with the majority of it focused on Jules's infatuation with her childhood playmate. I wasn't a fan of the guy because there was just something fishy about him. I'm glad fate (aka Ms. Holland) had other ideas though it was still a shocker to see how the puppy love was settled. Even now I'm not sure I quite believe it. I will say there seems to be a set up for another romantic possibility and that's the one I'm excited to see grow. Everless will get your blood pumping. The story is fast-paced with ever-changing characters, thick tension and unpredictable twists. This is definitely a debut to watch out for!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Oh my gosh. I don't even know where to start. I guess the first thing I'll say is that I loved this book a lot! I'm not one for the books or movies that deal with time, but reading this one was just so captivating! I honestly can't recommend this book enough :) Without further ado, let's get into the review! Characters: The main character, Jules, was a great perspective to read from. As she goes back to the palace she's filled with deceit, and lies, and she yearns to find the truth. As the truth is slowly revealed, it just gets crazier. I'll admit, a few things were predictable, but others caught me by surprise and I often wouldn't see it coming, or if I did, only a few seconds before. Jules was trying to find her place in this, and through all the different obstacles she faced, she was strong. Her Papa was kind, and loving, he cared lots about Jules. Roan Gerling was kind, and sweet, charming, but still not my favourite. Liam Gerling, on the other hand, was hated very much by the main character. As we see him now, 10 years later, and as we learn more about him, it was quite fascinating. He was mysterious, brooding, I guess you could say cold, but it all felt like a pretence to me. We meet many more characters as this story progresses, however, I don't want to give anything away, so all that I'll say is that some I grow fond of, and others, not so much. We see Jules come back to the palace after ten years, and as she meets many new people we learn more about the secrets of the palace. The characters were easy to get lost in, although some of them I couldn't care less about, others still stick with me even though I'm finished this novel. Plot: This book was so fast-paced and easy to read, it was so easy to just fly by. It just felt like it wouldn't slow, I could always pick it up no matter where I was and my interest would still be peaked. In this book romance takes the back seat, so we see a slow progression, but nothing totally romantic. Now, I know, that would be a relief to many people, however, I like when there's a romance in the book, so I wish there was just a tad more. That being said, I did really like the love interest and the romance itself!! As I mentioned earlier, this book captivated me. I love those novels where I forget that I'm reading, I feel like I'm witnessing a movie in my mind. This was one of those books for me, I lost myself in it, and pages would fly by but I wouldn't know until I put this book down. The pacing was great, and fast! I loved how everything connects in this novel. The writing was also easy to devour. The author's writing was amazing, I found myself getting lost in the book every time I picked it up. When the book finally came to an end, I yearned for more, sadly we have to wait till 2019! When I first heard about this book I thought instantly that it would be like In Time, which I didn't really like. Although some parts were similar to the movie In Time, the other elements, the fantastical ones to do with the palace and mystery surrounding the main were unique and the author combined everything nicely in this novel. Who I'd Recommend To: Anyone in the mood for a fast-paced fantasy novel. Also, I'd definitely recommend this book to those who love time-travel books or any book that has to deal with time! Time books are usually a hit or miss for me, however, I loved this one :) This book is fast-paced, with fantastical elements (not too heavy though). It has a mystery, and I just found myself wanting more at the end! If any of those things interest you, I definitely recommend to pick it up :) Overall: I loved this book. It was a great way to start 2018 because it was fast-paced, fun, and involved solving the mystery surrounding our main character. The whole time I'd be wondering if I could trust these characters or not, and I loved how at the end everything practically tied together. I found myself at the end of the book wanting to read more, so I'll definitely be waiting for the second installment! Hopefully you decide to give this book a try, and if you do, I hope that you enjoy!! Thank you all of you for reading this review! I hope that y'all have a great day :)
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't wait to read this! #plumreview I can't wait to read this book. Hearing so many good things from other reviews, and it sounds amazing. Definitely excited!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Premise, Beautifully Written Everless, a debut fantasy novel by Sara Holland, is set in the kingdom of Sempera where time has been bound to blood and iron and its inhabitants must sell it to survive. Jules Ember and her father have been expelled from Everless, the estate owned by the powerful Gerling family and now live in poverty in the village of Crofton. When Jules suspects her father is dying, she must do whatever she can to buy him more time, even if it means returning to the home of the Gerlings whom she holds intense hatred for. Jules is fiercely loyal and brave. She loves her father and is concerned for him as she soon discovers he is selling his blood iron to support them. She is willing to take enormous risks to save him and anyone else she cares about. Danger and intrigue await her at every turn, as not everyone she meets is who they appear or claim to be. The story has a unique and unusual premise – a world where time is taken away or added to through the blood. There is a description of villagers waiting in line to have their time extracted from them which made me shudder, as being bled brings them closer to death. The rich live for centuries in opulence, while the poor, having to sell their time to survive, live in squalor and fear. Everless is a compulsively readable, beautifully written novel with gorgeous imagery, lush settings and strong characters that kept me mesmerised. The details revealed of the history of the Semperans and their Queen are fascinating. I highly recommend this book and am anxiously awaiting the sequel! #PlumReview
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Debut Novel Jules Ember is just an ordinary 17 year old girl in her tiny village. She helps her father in any way to support the two of them. But unknown to anyone else, Jules has a unique and scary talent, she can stop time. She can freeze the world around her, though she doesn't know how or why. As it turns out, there are more secrets surrounding her. The only way to figure them out is to infiltrate the Gerling estate where she once lived with her father as a child before they were run out of town. Everless is an old kingdom ruled by a queen said to be over 500 years old. Not an impossible feat when you consider that blood is equivalent to time. A person can sell years of their life by extracting their blood and using alchemy to turn it into coin. Jude senses that she is connected with the Gerlings and their time wealth. She hopes she can find out how before they capture and punish her. This is a brilliantly written debut novel by author Sara Holland. She has created a country where alchemy affects the lives of all I was pulled into the story and Jule's life from the first pages. I was so captivated by her plight that I actually felt as though I was creeping along the darkened servants passages with her. I also questioned with her, how the Gerlings could have so many riches, while the common fold were so poor that they would even sell the last of their lives so that they could care for their families. The descriptions of the estate and the towns were so realistic I could almost see the snow covered streets with the smoke curling from the chimneys. There is a great cast of characters. From Jules fellow servants, the towns people, to the royals, they all came to life for me and I quickly liked may of them. This book would not let me go. I stayed up late reading and found myself early up the next morning to continue. My only regret in finishing is that I now have to wait for book to to read further about Jules adventures in her quest to learn about her mysterious past. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical and Twisty! *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I’m still struggling to separate words from the tangled mess that is my brain after reading this book. When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was expecting another exciting YA fantasy and the concept of time as currency sounded amazing. What I did not expect was to be completely knocked off-balance and have my expectations blown out of the water. This is not just another hype book and definitely deserves every word of praise. In fact, this book deserves a standing ovation with slow claps because it is jaw-droppingly good. When I opened the first page and started reading, I wasn’t sure I was entirely sold, but as soon as the first plot twist happened I lost my mind! Then another and another, until I thought I was going to explode with suspense. Basically the story starts with the protagonist Jules who has spent years in hiding with her father after being chased away from Everless by the terrifying Liam Gerling. She spends her days trying to come up with ways to help her father pay taxes and debt, until she decides to return to Everless to settle everything. As a servant to the Gerlings, she can save her father. What she doesn’t know is that returning to Everless holds more dangers than Liam. When tragedy strikes, Jules entire world is shattered in the span of a letter left by her father, warning her to stay away from the Queen. She sets out to find answers, only to find that the legends are true and people are not who they seem to be. If you’re looking for a straightforward fantasy with a heroine who breaks into the castle, falls in love, and saves the day then you’re looking in the wrong place. Mind you, there is a romance subplot, which I totally thought was going to become a weird love triangle, but it didn’t. This is so much more because it delves deep into myth and the history is expertly intertwined with the plot. Expect the unexpected is all I can say, because the book is so much more than it seems. There are endless cruel twists as well as so much betrayal and backstabby goodness. I was running out of characters to trust by the end and I’m still not entirely sure who the baddies are. The sequel seems so far away because this isn’t even published yet and I already need my next fix. Sara Holland has created a drug in the form of a book and I’m addicted.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Magic! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* I am so happy that I got the chance to read and review Everless! It has one of the most intricate magic systems that I have read about and the magic is completely unique in its genre. Jules is a strong female lead who will do anything to protect those she loves. I thought that I had the entire story figured out early on but I was wrong! There are several plot twists near the end that I did not see coming in the slightest. Not to mention I simply adore the cover art! This book cautions readers not to take their time for granted, as it is a precious thing. It also touches upon adoption and child abandonment. Recommended for fans of The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding Debut! Everless is absolutely spellbinding! Holland has a spectacular sense of pacing, especially considering that this is her first novel. No matter how many times you think you know what's going to happen, you don't. I was blown away by this sparkly, moving dip into a fantastical world so distinctly formed that it feels real. Though the novel's tension builds to an unexpected crescendo, the suspense carries through the end of the novel and left me madly Googling for the release date of Book #2. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-11-12

Editorial Reviews

“Holland’s debut is set in an intricate and immersive fantasy world. The concept of Everless is refreshing and unique, and readers will be desperate to figure out Jules’ history as she unravels it.”