Everless (Untitled #1) By Sara Holland [Review]

Everless (Untitled #1)RELEASE DATE: January 02, 2018
AUTHOR:
Sara Holland
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy.
PUBLISHER:
HarperTeen
SUMMARY: 

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

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MY REV (Copy)

Well, this was a good fantasy read but nothing amazing as I hoped.  I enjoyed the book, but still I had some issues with it. What makes it different from the typical YA fantasy books was the unique concept in it but the plot seemed a bit predictable for me. It also has some overused tropes that I’ve seen before in many books. Nonetheless it wasn’t so bad. I can understand why so many people loved it because I found it pretty entertaining too. I really loved the concept of time used as a currency where time is extracted from the blood and turned it into blood iron coins. Jules is a good protagonist but sometimes she’s too naive and reckless.  I actually had a hard time rating this book because I really liked it, but sadly it was missing the wow factor. However, for a debut I think it was a great start and I really hope the sequel is even better than this one.

The story is set in a land of Sempera where time is used as a currency, extracted from the blood and bind into iron coins using alchemy powder that turns blood and time to iron. Jules and her father were servants in Gerling’s family estate  but after a fateful accident, her whole world turned upside down. She and her father were forced to flee from Everless. Ten years later, they’re living a miserable peasant life and Jules father is in his last stage because he sold most of his time for their survival. To save her father before his time runs out, she decides to go to the time lender who’ll extract time from her blood. Her father forbid her to do that but It was her last hope. When her last hope was destroyed, she decides to work as a servant at the Gerling’s Everless estate  for the upcoming royal wedding. Against her father’s wishes, she goes back to the place where all her childhood memories were buried in every corner. At the Gerling’s estate, she meets her childhood friend, and also her enemy who’s responsible for their miserable life. When buried secrets were slowly unveiled, Jules begins to search for more answers and what she finds at the end will change her entire fate.

Jules was  pretty likable character but she’s definitely not my favorite protagonist. I liked her determination but sometimes she was too naive and easily trusts others. She was supposed to hide her identity but she gives away her secrets very easily. Another thing that annoyed me about her was her weird attraction to Roan, Gerling’s younger son and also her childhood best friend. Last time she had seen him was ten yeas ago when she was only seven years old and now she acts like a girl in love. On the other hand we have Liam, Gerling’s older son and heir to the Gerling’s Everless estate whom Jules despises so much. He was a broody and mysterious character who warns Jules at every turn. I really liked his character and It would’ve been great if the author gave a bit more focus on him because I really wanted to know more about him. Ina Gold, Queen’s adopted daughter and also Roan’s fiance is a very interesting character. I hope to see more of her in the next book. There is a light romance in the book which I didn’t enjoy it but thankfully It wasn’t the main focus of the book. I loved the father-daughter relationship between Jules and her father Pehr. They really have a great bond and her desperation to save him was very admirable.

The Plot was entertaining but It really wasn’t unique. The Alchemist and The Sorcerer tale, and the interesting currency concept are the only aspects that makes it different. To be honest, I enjoyed the story but I really expected more from it. The pacing also seemed a bit slow with Jules searching for answers and the main part of the story is found at the last ten percent of the book where things started to get pretty interesting and all the secrets are finally revealed. Some parts were pretty predictable but few twists came as a surprise for me too. I liked the writing style of the author, it was pretty good and easy to understand. The story was told in Jules first person pov but I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if it was told in multiple perspectives. The world building was amazing! It was another aspect I enjoyed in this book besides its unique concept and I really would love to explore more of this world.

Overall, I liked this book! Despite issues, I found this book enjoyable and I would definitely look forward to the next book. With everything finally revealed, I really hope there’s some action in it.

Recommend it?
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I would recommend this book to every YA fantasy lovers but I would advise you to go with low expectations and you might enjoy it more than I did.


MY RATING:
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23 thoughts on “Everless (Untitled #1) By Sara Holland [Review]

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate January 12, 2018 / 1:34 am

    I’m glad you were still able to enjoy this despite everything. Not connecting with the protagonist can sometimes be a deal breaker but thankfully that wasn’t the case either.
    Amazing review, Raven!

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  2. Beware Of The Reader January 12, 2018 / 1:54 am

    Exactly my thoughts Raven. I need more Liam and I had a hard time connecting with Jules. But I enjoyed my read and the setting was imaginative.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 15, 2018 / 6:06 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Yeah, we definitely need more Liam. I hope we get to have more of him in the sequel. I can’t wait to read it!☺️

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  3. Kelly G January 12, 2018 / 5:29 am

    I’ve been waiting to read some reviews of this one before I get to it, but from what I’m seeing, it seems as though it’s quite an original plot, even if it does use quite a few tropes that are a bit…overused? I’m glad you were able to enjoy the book despite your issues with it, and I’m pretty excited to pick this one up.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 15, 2018 / 6:12 am

      Despite the tropes, it was a good read. It has an interesting plot and unique concept. So many people has totally loved it and I really hope you love it too! Happy reading! 🙂

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  4. Ruqayyah @ Salmah's Book Shelf January 12, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Good to know! I really want to read this but I’ve also spent a lot on books this month so I was debating waiting to get it at the library. Now I think I shall just wait 🙂

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  5. Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd January 12, 2018 / 11:06 pm

    I was going to read this book but then I talked about it with a friend and she said how it’s very predictable and she didn’t like it as much! I don’t think I’ll pick it up any time soon but I’ll definitely keep it on my TBR! Great review though, Raven 🙂

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  6. Marie January 12, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    Oh I’m glad to hear you overall enjoyed this one, but I’m sorry to hear that it did not blow you away. I’ve been seeing great reviews for this book everywhere, and I like the currenty concept, it sounds interesting. I think I’ll lower my expectations a little bit before getting into that one 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 15, 2018 / 6:22 am

      Yeah, this book definitely has an Interesting concept and good characters. I really hope you enjoy it more than I did. Happy reading! ☺️❤️

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  7. Caila January 13, 2018 / 4:43 am

    I’m glad that you liked it, I’ve been wanting to read it since I heard about it’s concept, I’m hoping to read it sometime in the next few months.

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      • Caila January 15, 2018 / 10:15 am

        I’m probably going to get it on Wednesday, that’s going to be the soonest.

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  8. Candid Cover January 13, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    This one has been on my radar for a little while now. The concept does sound really interesting and different. I am sorry that it didn’t meet all of your expectations. 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 15, 2018 / 6:28 am

      It’s not a bad read. Majority of people has loved this book so do give it a shot. You might enjoy it more than I did. ☺️

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  9. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer January 15, 2018 / 1:02 am

    Hmmm… I was kinda bummed not requesting thi# book (I didn’t have room on my reading line up) but it only sounds okay. I’m glad it wasn’t a bummer for you though Raven! 😄

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