Author: Sara Holland
Read: January and February 2018
This was one of my favorite books of the year so far.
I love fantasy. It’s probably my favorite genre. And when people write new worlds with concepts like this? I am all for it. Not to mention this is also a debut novel and I am so excited for the sequel!
Everless is about a teenage Jules who lives with her father in the land of Sempera. They’re just getting by and are running out of ways to survive. The currency in this world is blood-iron. So I don’t really know how to explain this but I’ll try.
The people in this world have like time in their blood and when the blood is drawn it can be turned into blood-iron, which are money pieces, and used as currency. Depending on how much blood is drawn, you can have money pieces for shorter periods of time or long periods of time. There’s a way that they change it from blood and make it into iron but I don’t really remember what it is. (I can’t remember if it was thoroughly explained or not.) The reason it’s used as currency and is so valuable is because people can “eat” it and have time added to their life. So, drawing blood is bad because it takes years off and consuming the blood-iron is good because it adds years on.
Everless, a nearby estate, is the home to the rich Gerling family. Jules and her father once lived and worked at Everless, but for unknown reasons they had to leave. To pay their debts, Jules takes a job there despite her father forbidding her to go back to Everless and finds herself in the middle of the two Gerling brothers and trouble ensues. There’s something going on within Everless and her forgotten past is the key to saving herself and the people around her.
I make everything seem so dramatic. lol.
I really just loved this book. Before starting Everless, I actually didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. I didn’t really have high hopes for it and I don’t know why. It might have been because there wasn’t a lot of hype and I didn’t know anything about it beforehand. The idea of blood being time and used as currency was so interesting. It’s such a cool idea and the author just blew me away by getting me so hooked on this story right from the start.
To be honest, there’s not really anything too special about this book. The writing style didn’t stick out and the characters didn’t stick out too much either. The entire book as a whole is what I loved. I’m usually drawn to plot-driven novels with some character development on the side (or en equal balance of both) and I think this book is like that. Jules as a character is pretty much the same throughout the novel, but since she started out as a good character anyways I was fine with that. The book has so many “wait, what?” moments and I was never really sure what was going to happen. Plus the book kind of ends on a cliffhanger and that’s always a way to get me interested. It’s not an intense cliffhanger, but it leaves a few strings untied.
Even though I said Jules gets caught between the two brothers, I didn’t mean in a love triangle. One brother is sort of interested in her because they were once friends and the other brother is just kind of nosy and won’t leave her alone. I don’t like love triangle so I was happy about that. But Jules kept annoying me whenever she would go out of her way to see her old friend and it was clear that she was wanting to be more than just friends, but she is supposed to be staying out of sight and making money to pay off debts to save her and her dad. I was like, “girl, get your priorities straight!”
I love that a lot of the characters are not what they seem. There are people who Jules thinks are her friends but you begin to question who is on her side and who is just using her. And so much starts to happen and little details here and there start making you question what is going on at Everless. How is Jules involved and why does she find herself in the middle of everything?
I also love the creation of the myth/legend/history of the blood-iron and how it came about. I love all the little details of this world and it makes the story so much better. It’s not a challenging book, but it is fun and sometimes complex.
I gave this book four stars on Goodreads. I liked it and enjoyed myself while reading, but it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read. Still, I am eagerly waiting for the sequel!