Happy day everyone! As always, if you see any glaring mistakes tell me. I hope you are having a lovely July and Summer. I know I am. I went on a vacation this weekend, which is why no posts on Friday or Saturday. Double up posts this upcoming week.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Everless by Sara Holland
Synopsis From The Book
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.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Okay, so have a limited edition cover of this book, but the more I look at the original, the more I like the original better. If I really love this series, I’ll be tempted to get the original, that is for sure.
Time is an interesting concept, and having decided to read this after Before the Broken Star, it’s simply because time is on my mind. And why wouldn’t it? Going in blind, is always the best, no?
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Yes that was very good. I need to read this second book asap. I was not sure what I was getting into, and I’m happy I didn’t. The whole mystery of it was not hard to follow but what really kept me in was the love triangle, which for once is not something that destroyed me. The mystery of that relationship is what kept me reading, and for once I’m pretty happy with the answers behind it.
Jules has lived with her father far away from their first home, for years. They were forced to flee when Jules saw one prince push his brother into a fire, and Jules saved his life. Since then they have been living in debt and scraping to get by. Her father’s life is being drained for their living expenses and in an effort to save him she goes back to the place that banished them: Everless.
Everless is the home of the Gerling family, and Jules disguises herself as a servant. Everless has hired more servants for the Queen, and the upcoming wedding. Her father comes to stop her but she does not listen. When he dies, she hesitates to heed his words not to be seen by the queen. However the lure of mystery revolving around why, and the fact that her father was not her real father, leads her deeper in.
Jules befriends Ina, the Queen’s adopted daughter and becomes the Queen’s hand maiden. She and the other hand maiden Caro, become sort of friends. All the while, Jules is dealing with her crush on Roan — her long lost friend from a time long ago — and Liam, his brother who she despises for kicking her from Everless all those years ago.
Ina, searching for her truth and family, leads Jules into more understanding, and when Caro tries to break into a family vault, Jules uses her blood to try to save her. Only it backfires as Jules’ blood has special principals. Searching for answers, Jules learns of a name, flees to a city caught in time, and learns of her truth. She was born there and Ina is her twin, but the Queen came for them — for her– and she was placed into hiding.
Roan and her speak on emotions, and Liam tries to whisk her away to save her, all while revealing that she is the Alchemist of their legends. The Alchemist stole the Sorceress’ immortality, and for that the Sorceress wants to destroy the Alchemist. Additionally Jules realizes that Liam had not meant to push his brother into the fire, and that Jules had reversed time so that it never happened. They had fled because Liam knew her secret. Instead of fleeing as Liam wants of her, Jules returns to try to save Ina from a horrible fate.
Instead Caro reveals she is the Sorceress, and kills the queen. The only way to get back her powers is to break Jules’ heart and kill who she loves: Roan. Roan dies, but Jules’ heart does not break. The guards come and take Jules away for their murders. Liam jail breaks her, saying he will go with her but she refuses. She must do this on her own.
What I Liked:
Jules; I did like her. She knows how to be a serving girl, though I wish her gifts for the other things her father taught her came in handy. In general, her love for her family is so great. I really hope Ina doesn’t hate her for something that was not her fault.
Liam; I knew I was gonna like him. It’s always the bad boy that ends up with the girl. Something about him seemed off, from the way he acted with her when she first spoke to him.
Roan; I really liked everything about him, from how perfect he was to how charming. I was wondering in the back of my mind, the entire time, if there was something wrong. If he were evil and couldn’t be trusted. The answer was there was nothing wrong. His fate saddens me.
World; I like the idea of using time for money, and having to bleed for it. It seems like the most beautifully written way of showing how corrupt the monarchy and world around us could be.
Sorceress and Alchemist; This story is full and pretty interesting. I want to know so much more about it, and I figure that the second book will lend itself to more than just the legends. Or at least I hope it will.
The love triangle; I knew it was coming from the moment I saw two brothers. The resolution of it, was not something I saw coming. In many ways it was never even a full on love triangle, not from Jules’ perspective, though I do believe she will love Liam in the end.
Secondary and Tertiary Characters; Ina, Caro, The Queen, they are all such interesting characters with their own motivations that I just want to know more about all of them. Caro, as the sorceress, specifically is the most fascinating. I just hope that Ina’s pure heart is not tainted by Caro and her lies, and Roan’s death.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Roan and Jules; A bit more development on this would have been nice. They had a lot of information in the past, but just in general, for the present they did not have much. I just needed a bit more on how much Roan missed her.
Time Taken To Read
“The mind flows from the vein as well as years.” – A common saying in Crofton, pg 95