4 Stars, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Review – Everless by Sara Holland

I was busy during the April 24 hour TBR Knockdown but I wanted to get through at least one book, so I was lucky enough to have the audio available to me

PicsArt_04-15-04.07.16.jpgTitle: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Genre: Fantasy

Age Classification: Young Adult

Publisher: HarperTeen / Orchard Books

Format: Hardcover / Audiobook

Release: January 2, 2018

This is a story of a girl trying to save her father and herself in a world where the time in your blood is currency.

Jules is the main character. She is a bit odd, has questionable morals and is kind of an annoying character. She does not truly listen to people and seems to only accept help from the worst possible places which, of course, simply leads to trouble. It seems her heart is in the right place, but everything else about Jules is borderline disastrous. Her first fault is trying to stop the debt collector from basically killing her father. Should there not be a law against killing people for rent? Anyway, this experience leads Jules back to Everless.

Living in Everless is the guy Jules is all dreamy eyes, Roan Gerling, who is about to be married to a princess. However, while his princess feels she is living a fairytale, he seems to want other things. There is also Liam Gerling, Roan’s less liked older brother, who seems to be the villain in Jules story. He does not do anything obviously evil, but she has grown up believing he is the reason her and her father had to leave Everless when she was a child.

While I enjoyed the reading experience, there were just a few too many things I did not like about the story from a more critical point of view. The plot is odd, to say the least. The concept of blood containing the time a person has left to live and it being the currency is cool, though what happens when they get sick? This system would make any doctor requesting a blood test a time thief and donating blood would be the most dramatic experience.

There is also everything that seems to be happening at Everless in the lead up to the wedding and the stories surrounding the Queen of Sempera that are just strange. I cannot go into much detail without sharing some serious spoilers, but there were multiple times I reacted with one of the following:

  • WHOA!
  • Really!?
  • You have got to be fudging me!
  • Oh for flip sakes!
  • No blooming way!
  • What on Earth is happening right now?!
  • I am just going to sit in a corner and process this information.
  • Of course *eye roll*
  • I should have seen this coming!
  • Great! Now I have to wait for and read book two!

It was an interesting story, it was written nicely and it sounds good as an audio.

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆

This one is more a 3.5 for me, but I did enjoy it so I decided to award the higher rating. Unfortunately, it is one of those books that I have mixed feelings about, but I am hoping I will enjoy the sequel, Evermore.

Have you read Everless and what were your thoughts?
What are your thoughts on using blood/time as currency?

Let me know in the comment section or on my Goodreads review!

Until next time bibliophiles!

Amy x

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