Author: Sara Holland
# of Pages: 362
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.
BEWARE: This book review contains spoilers. You have been warned.
Despite being a smooth read, I did not find Everless as enjoyable as I had hoped for. There were a few things I liked, but there were too many issues I had with this book. I was conflicted on my feelings about the range of characters we experienced. I found Ina Gold to be my favorite character. An orphan, raised by the Queen, did not come across as entitled as you may expect. She felt genuine. Ina had sincere friendships with Caro and Jules, two important characters within the story. However, there were many individuals that I felt were underdeveloped. The main character, Jules, fell flat. She wasn’t interesting at all. One more and this one is so cliche. Roan, the charismatic prince that everyone adores.
Emphasizing on this, this book was full of cliches. Very overdone. For example, let’s talk about Roan. He is the definition of a cliche. The good-looking, charismatic prince that everyone loves. Another cliche that comes straight to mind is Jules finding out she is a secret princess. Other cliches present in this novel include;
- Love triangle
- Mean guy might actually be a good guy
- Twins separated at birth
- Girl sacrifices everything for family.
I will end it there. I think you can get my point. Another matter I would like to point out is the amount of info dumping at the beginning of the story. Having this been a reread, I was able to realize how much emphasis was placed on the legends of the Alchemist and Sorceress. You could easily predict that these stories would be of importance as you made your way through the novel. I found the book and some of the plot twists, to be quite predictable.
Because the book was an easier read, I am being a little more generous in my rating.
Have you read Everless yet? What did you think about it?