Everless

Everless

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one's own lifespan. The rich aristocrats like the Gerling family tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember; she and her father were once servants at their estate, Everless, until an accident drove them away. After discovering her father is dying, Jules is desperate to earn more time for him, and returns to Everless amidst preparations for the wedding of Roan Gerling and the Queen's daughter. Caught in a tangle of violent secrets, Jules must change her fate-- and perhaps the fate of time itself
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062653659
0062653652
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Holland, S 100.1 2018
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 22 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader UG 5.8 14 193937

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PimaLib_ChristineR Oct 12, 2018

5 ⭐ - I shouldn't give this book five stars. I really shouldn't. And yet, I can't help overlooking some flaws for something that's a TOTALLY ORIGINAL IDEA!! (I haven't seen In Time and I'm not likely to so if you think this is a ripoff of that movie, be my guest). In Sempera (like that play on the Latin there, Holland!), time is literally tied to the blood and used as currency. Those who can't pay their taxes, like the majority of the peasants, have to visit bloodletters who turn their blood into coin, coins that represent the time that has been bled from their lives. The rich, like the aristocracy who live on the estate of Everless, have the luxury of melting golden years into their tea, extending their lives into centuries.

Our heroine, Jules, was raised on Everless, as the daughter of the smith, playing with the sons, Roan and Liam, of the estate owner, until she and her father are ejected after a fire in the smithy. Jules knows that time does not always run the way it should around her, but time is such a strange thing in Sempera, she thinks nothing of it. As a royal wedding is announced at Everless, Jules takes the chance to return to Everless as an extra servant, hoping to make enough coin to spare her father his monthly bloodletting, at least until she is old enough to pay in her own blood.

The mythology that Holland builds up as the scaffolding for this story is amazing, and while it may not make sense at the beginning, it is expanded upon sufficiently to support the overlying story. The backstory behind the queen and her adopted daughter, Ina, is intriguing. And the village that Jules finds is absolutely jaw-dropping. This was a book that I wished I had waited to read until the next one was out so I didn't have to wait. Holland also does a lovely job of building up creepy tension between Jules, Ina and Caro. Ina and Caro seem to want to be Jules' friend but they each have ulterior motives that slide in and out of view.

Why I shouldn't have given it five stars: Jules' father tells her she must at all costs stay away from Everless and especially the queen. One guess on what she does... I'm sorry but these kinds of warnings are becoming a trope in themselves. Tell someone not to do something and of course it's the first thing they do. Secondly, Jules still has a crush on Roan, and still believes the older brother Liam is the reason her family was sent away from Everless in the first place. In this little triangle I felt like I did when reading The Cruel Prince, screaming at the page "Are you blind?! Or just stupid?!" I'm getting a little tired of these women who seem so bright about some things and then ignore everything in front of them to create an artificial romantic tension.

In the end, I think this story is so unique, and the twists and turns so intriguing that these missteps, that I might take more exception to in another story, can be safely overlooked in light of the whole. I NEED the next book.

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Linyarai
Aug 09, 2018

This book was phenomenal, it was a wild ride with everything I could ask of a YA and now that I'm done I physically miss it. This will take some time to process and I cannot wait for book two.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 28, 2018

Everless had a lot of potential. The idea and premise were incredible, and the main character seemed irrational but brave. This ended up being a disaster, in more ways than one. Everything came easy to her, in the most unrealistic way. Characters like Liam were initially enticing, but fell short near the end (like most things in this book). I had such high expectations, and saw so many ways this could go, but it ended up just going towards a fail. It makes me angry just thinking about the potential that was lost! The beautiful cover is pretty amazing, though. If only the inside was the same. In this story, time is currency, and royalty has the most money. But royalty has a few secrets of its own. Rating 2/5 @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

"Time is a prison. She is the key". WOAH, talk about amazing plot twists... The book is set in a place known as Sempera. In this world, time is added to lives in the form of blood turned into coins. Those of power and greed live on for centuries to come, while others diminish slowly. Jules now has an opportunity to return to Everless castle, after ten years of staying away from the palace and she takes the opportunity. Once at the castle, she works as a maid and befriends Ina, the soon to be queen. Throughout the story, Jules encounters secrets, cruelty and most of all, friends from her past she never thought to see again. But things at the palace aren't what they seem, as Jules begins to uncover secrets from her past about her true life. I purchased the book from TARGET, and it included a bonus feature from the story, which was a little confusing, but a great add!! So overall, this book was great from the cover to the end, and I especially LOVED Liam. BUT, there were some parts in the book that seemed kind of slow and confusing. I rate this book a 3.5/5, so thank you Sara Holland for this really good book :) OH AND ALSO I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE COVER...just wow!
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

OPL_KrisC Mar 07, 2018

What first drew me to this book was the gorgeous cover and then I found the story very intriguing and couldn't put it down. I found it interesting that time was currency in this book and that people could sell time by having it extracted from their blood and bound to iron. And then in turn, people (almost always the rich), could then add to their own lifespan by consuming these blood irons. This fantasy without a doubt drew me in and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Cutie_Panda_99
Feb 20, 2018

I would've finished this book in one sitting if I could. It was a great read! This book had about 2-3 plot twists, and the only reason I saw them coming was because I accidentally stumbled upon some spoilers online while hunting for reviews... I thought it was quite refreshing to see a new style of descriptive writing, like the one presented in this book. Like some others have said, this book really does bring a new meaning to the phrase "running out of time."

My only regret is finishing this book so early because now I have to wait patiently for the sequel (grrrrr). Otherwise, I loved it!! I hope the next book is just as interesting :)

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bookycakes
Feb 15, 2018

Well, I finished it and I guess that means something? I just....I read a review where it said Everless has all the usual tropes but plays around with them and makes them interesting. Another said that there was no love triangle and no instalove. All false. The plot was decent, though often transparent, and I could have done completely without the Rowan obsession entirely. I hate trying to guess the endings of books ahead, but this one was almost impossible NOT to figure out save one pleasantly surprising twist. Otherwise, it was about as thrilling as any of the generic fantasies saturating YA the past few years. It's been a long time since I read a fantasy, so it wasn't too tiresome, and the addition of running out of time in your blood was a nice change, but there's a reason I've been skipping fantasy novels lately. Read it if you still enjoy those, but if you're tired of the same tropes and predictable plotlines, look elsewhere. The writing doesn't make this one stand apart.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 09, 2018

Everless was an incredible YA book that I didn't want to put it down. When I had time to read it the story went by so quickly as if time had sped up for me too. I had no idea how fantastic this book was going to be before I read it but I'm so glad I did. The beautiful cover drew me in at first and from the brief plot I read it intrigued me but the actual story just blew me away. Everless has an interesting idea behind it, great creativity and also friendships that were so much better than romantic relationships but there was even a little romance going on that was a great addition to the plot.

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OPL_KrisC Mar 31, 2018

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Feb 20, 2018

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Cutie_Panda_99
Feb 20, 2018

"Wick studies it with a businesslike air, glancing briskly between the flame and his stopwatch. But as the seconds tick on, he slowly lowers the timepiece, and a deep frown furrows his face. Though I've never seen timeletting before, I know from his expression that something is wrong."

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