I am very excited to kick off the Everless paperback Blog Tour and thanks to Glasstown Entertainment, I am hosting an international giveaway of the book today on Instagram.
As you can see from the Blog Tour Graphic, the next stop in the tour is at The Bookish King, so do check his blog out as well.
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication Date: January 2018
- Paperback: 362 Pages
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This book introduces us to a mythical land where blood is time and time is money. I found this concept really interesting. The prologue is intriguing and hooks readers right away.
This is author Sara Holland’s debut novel and although, this is not a spectacular debut it does shine in some parts. The reader doesn’t have to read long to get pulled into the plot and the heart of the action. Jules, the protagonist, is seen heading to the Everless estate and straight to dangerous ground.
Seventeen-year-old Jules Ember is desperate to help her ailing father, put a roof over their head and stay out of debt. Despondent, Jules arrives at a decision to sell her blood for coin but due to a commotion at the bloodletters’, she is forced to flee home. Later, Jules makes the difficult choice to take a job in the Everless estate, the place she grew up in when her father was the blacksmith. Jules and her father had to flee the comfort of the Everless estate after being witness to an incident between Lord Liam Gerling and his brother Roan, Jules’s friend.
Jules’ life starts crashing down after her arrival at Everless. She loses someone very close to her and on the top of that, she receives an ominous warning to stay away from the Queen at all costs. As expected, Jules doesn’t heed the warning and gets a position as the Queen’s handmaiden. Now, Jules can get access to all of the Queen’s secrets like finding out if the Queen really eats the heart of her daughters to stay alive.
There is an indication of a romance, but it is unexpected. Roan, Jules’ friend, is also her crush, but he is to be married to the Queen’s daughter. Here comes the bad boy Lord Liam, whom Jules hated to the fiber of her being, but is ambivalent towards him now.
Besides the romance, we can also see some tragic albeit almost-realistic situation happening in some chapters. There is a vast difference in the way of living between the aristocrats – residing in Everless- and the people living in the surrounding towns. While the aristocrats use the blood coins daily, using them as a sugar cube in their tea; some people can barely get by living as they have to sell what’s left of their time to earn a meager living.
Everless ended with a cliffhanger and left the reader wanting to know the future of Jules, the kingdom, and a possible romance.
Overall, Everless is a good YA fantasy book. I would recommend it to someone who has trouble with finding a suitable YA book because this isn’t filled with bad language or adult situations. I still hope to read Evermore, the next book in the planned duology because of the cliffhanger in the end.
About Author :
Sara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERMORE is the sequel to her New York Times-bestselling debut novel EVERLESS.
If you have read Everless ,let me know your thoughts ! If you haven’t ,will you add it to your TBR?