by Sara Holland
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.
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.
Okay. I think we should take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the US cover of this book is. It’s not often that I prefer a US cover to a UK one but the detail is gorgeous.
ANYWAY. On to the review! Everless was another one of the ARCs that I received from Deptcon3 (you’ll probably hear me saying that about a few of the next books I read ;)). And at first, I wasn’t that eager from the look and sound of it. It sounded to me like a Red Queen rip-off and we know how quickly that series went downhill on me (Still have to read King’s Cage…)
But my first impression was proven to be entirely wrong. As soon as I began it I started to fall in love with our main character of Jules Ember. She was a female protagonist that was similar to characters like Katniss Everdeen, Celaena Sardothien and Mare from Red Queen, yet she immediately had her own distinctive, unique feel to her. I felt as well throughout the book Holland wrote in some well-known fantasy tropes yet she sort of weaved them into her own. She played with them, resulting in many plot twists from start to finish.
I was really hooked on this book from page one. It was really easy to get engaged in, and fascinated with this new world. The idea of time being used as currency hasn’t really been touched on before (apart from that one movie that I can’t think of the name of!!!) so I felt like it was a really original story I was reading. The ending shocked me and I loved the dramatic reveal, the mystery and the magic that this book had in store. I’m really excited for the next book even though this one isn’t even out yet! It’s release date is in two days time, the 4th of January… so keep it noted in your calendars!