Sunday, 8 April 2018

Review - Everless (Everless, #1) by Sara Holland

Title: Everless (Everless, #1)
Author: Sara Holland
Pages: 368
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 4th January 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. 

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

Jules lives in the land of Sempera where the rich control time by turning blood into coins.
To stop her frail father from giving any more of his blood to pay their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, an estate belonging to the Gerling family. Jules used to live at Everless with her father until an event led to them having to leave.
Jules's childhood friend and crush, Roan Gerling, is to marry the heir to the throne, but with the queen's arrival comes danger.
Why does Jules's father want her to stay away from the queen?
What secrets has he been keeping from her?

There's a lot of hype concerning Everless, so going into it I was worried that I wouldn't like the book as much as everyone else (which is usually what happens), but this time I wasn't disappointed!
The concept of turning blood into coins that you can melt in a drink was really interesting. I liked the stories of the Sorceress and the Alchemist.
Jules was a good protagonist, but there were times where I questioned what she was doing or things she said. However, given certain events that happened, it's understandable that Jules wouldn't be thinking straight at times.
There were several characters that I liked and I wanted to find out more about them.
The plot was very interesting. There was action and lots of twists that I didn't see coming.
The writing style made Everless very easy to read and follow.
I'm intrigued to see what happens in the next book.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.