Rating – 4.5 out of 5
Everless by Sara Holland takes place in realm where time has a gruesome price. Jules Ember grew up in the shadow of the most powerful family, but when tragedy struck was cast out of the castle with her father. Now as an adult she returns to the city to find her fortune and uncover what happened all those years ago. As time goes on, mysteries around Jules start to unravel leaving her with questions about who she is and leaving the stability of time in the balance.
“Maybe I am a mystery— a secret— that needs unravelling…”
― Sara Holland, Everless
Why I liked Everless by Sara Holland
A new book for the new year! While Sara Holland just released Evermore, the sequel to Everless, I’m a little behind the times. I am happy report that I will be reading Evermore after reading the first book, and SOON! I need to know what happens!
Everless by Sara Holland is set in a mythical land where time is the currency of the land. I have to say that the mechanics of that was a little hard to understand at first mostly because it is ~magic~ but also because Holland does not go into great detail when it comes to world building. My biggest critique of this book is that she does not spend as much time on the world as I wanted her to. I can tell by some of things that happen later in the book that she has a fleshed-out world in her head, but it did not always come out on paper. I felt the same way about the characters. They seemed like real people, but we did not see all that was going on. The plot is based upon the main character not knowing many things (a good mystery!) but it just was not enough for me. I could see this book being a couple hundred more pages and a great deal more exposition, and maybe I would have been satisfied then.
The ending was amazing. Everything that I could want in a good cliffhanger. It is amazing when you come to the end of a book and you honestly do not know how the story is going to continue, but you know that you want more! I was at the edge of my seat for the last 50 pages! Holland uses an epilogue, which should be deployed more often, to give us the start of the next part of where the story will go from here. I think the next book will start to give us a greater understanding of some of what happened in the last. I cannot wait to see what Holland has for us in the future!
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