Everless by Sara Holland
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 2, 2018
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.
5 Things About Everless
1. The premise is incredible – and the book lives up to it. Blood can be drained and turned into money – how cool is that! So the rich live for centuries and everyone else kind of fades away; time is literally money. And it doesn’t disappoint. I feel like the author did all the cool things you can do with this premise so well! I loved it.
2. The characters are awesome. I was rooting for Jules the whole way through the book. I really liked how flawed she was – and she grows so much throughout the book. The other side characters were great too. I cared about all of them, and I liked how each character had a distinct personality. I also, surprisingly, loved the romance! The romance is not a big part of the story at all – it’s just kind of there in the background, but it’s also very surprising, and different from your average YA romance. Even talking about it is a spoiler so I caaannn’t, but it was interesting! And I can’t say too much more about the characters because *spoilers,* but let me just say the villain(s?) were epic.
3. The worldbuilding and how everything works is so, so cool! There was just a little infodumping in the beginning of the book, but whatever; I didn’t really care, because I was so interested in everything that was happening. Holland reveals the workings of her world slowly; after a while, everything makes sense and it’s all so gripping.
4. Everless is full of twists and turns. Everything is a surprise. Nothing in Everless is what it seems. The characters are not quite right. This awesome mysterious estate is not quite right. The ending had me reeling. I’m dying for the sequel!
Have you read Everless yet? If not, do you think you will? Have you read a book yet this year? Let me know in the comments!
Content Guide: Some (non-gratuitous/very mild) depictions of draining one’s blood.
**Thank you thank you to my local indie bookstore for providing me with an arc of Everless in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.**