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Everless by Sara Holland

New York Times bestseller!

"Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time." —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

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.

Fans of Victoria Aveyard, Kendare Blake, and Stephanie Garber will devour this lush novel's breathtaking action, incredible romance, and dangerous secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062653659
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 7,174
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sara Holland grew up between small-town Minnesota and the countless fictional worlds 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. Everless is her debut novel. Visit her online at www.sarahollandwrites.com.

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Everless 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everless by Sara Holland is the first book in a new fantasy series about a world where time is currency. The more you give the older you become and vice versa for the more you receive. It follows Jules as she desperately wants to help her dying father out with his debts. She takes up a servant job at the Everless estate where her father once worked in order to prevent her father from giving away all his time. What she doesn't know is that there is a bigger reason her father took her away from that castle and she is all too eager to find out why. As the first fantasy book of the year, I was ecstatic about how freaking good it was. Like hot damn! I was enamored from beginning to end. I loved the world, the characters, and the plot-line; so riveting. There is nothing more than I love than court drama and Everless does not disappoint. From the mysterious but ruthless Queen to the young Lord that used to be her childhood friend. Every character was set up so nicely. And we mustn't forget the Caro... she's the Queen's maidservant, but oh so much more! I quite enjoyed Jules as the MC in more ways than one. She has weaknesses and strengths and she really comes into herself as the story progresses and she finds the answers she never knew she needed. She's the type of character that you just can't help but root for! The plot-line was so interesting. Holland mixes her story with history and lore that was both dark and bleak. Nothing was ever as it seemed and I enjoyed that aspect a lot! There is so much more to be discovered and I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Anonymous 12 days ago
sweetsciencewriter 4 months ago
Everless, by Sara Holland, was an engaging story with an intriguing premise. Set in a world where time can be collected, through the draining of blood by alchemist who then convert this time to coins which can be consumed by others, the result is a society where some people live for hundreds of years, while most people spend their lives desperately trying to stay alive. The main character, Jules, is someone who grew up in the main castle, only for her and her father to have to flee, spending ten years hiding from the main ruling family. Overall, the story was an entertaining read, one that kept going to unexpected places. My only critique is that some of the actions and friendships in the story felt a little rushed, serving more as plot devices. But overall, an intriguing story, and well worth the read.
Falln2books 5 months ago
I'm going to be honest here... I put off reading this book for a long time because my dad as sick for 5 months (in the hospital the entire time) and died on January 9, 2018. I just didn't know how I would handle a book about a dying dad. Therefore, it took me longer to read and review this novel than it normally would have. My grief is still there, of course, but it's more under control now, so I felt brave enough to attempt reading this book, and I'm so glad I did. There isn't a ton of focus on the dad's condition, so it didn't crush my soul, and this is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. I couldn't put it down. I was up until 3am reading, and I haven't done that in forever. I couldn't stop reading until I found out Jules' secrets, though. The characters in this novel are heartbreakingly wonderful. They are richly painted and easy to relate to. While some are more privileged than others, none has a perfect life. Jules, our main character, has had a rough time, and things just seem to keep getting worse for her. For the most part, Jules is a fantastic leading heroine. She is strong, resilient, determined, focused, and cares about the people around her. Her faults (and let's face it, we all have them) are that she's stubborn and doesn't always listen to people who know more about a situation than she does. In her defense, she really had no idea what was going on for the majority of the novel, and the big reveal shocked me (that doesn't happen often). In her position, I can't say that I would have done things very differently. My main problem with her is her wishy washy feelings about one character. It made her seem like she lacked depth, and I would have liked to have seen her reactions go a bit differently. My favorite male character is Liam, and I can't wait to find out more about him. The writing is beautifully done, and I could picture the world that Holland created perfectly in my head. The world-building is top notch; this is a complicated universe, and I felt like I had a good understanding of it after reading this first novel. I know it has more mysteries, but I didn't feel lost like I do in some fantasy novels. The plot is intricately woven and unravels at the perfect pace. I was kept on the edge of my seat about something throughout the whole book. I don't understand why a couple of things had to happen at the end of the first book, but I'm interested to see how that sets up book number two in the series. For now, I'm trusting that Holland knows best and there is a reason behind everything that happened in those last few chapters. Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a unique fantasy novel. I have never read a book quite like it. The world is one-of-a-kind, and the characters are relatable. Like I said when I started this review, I read this novel in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. Give Everless a try. You won't be sorry.
penpapersalt 6 months ago
Reading Everless is like eating artisan chocolate - decadent, nuanced, and you will immediately want more. Everless is not new, but it is new to me, so pardon my belated fangirling. On one hand, I'm appalled that I waited this long. On the other hand, I guess that's less time I have to wait for the sequel...? Time magic is the name of the game in Everless. A long time ago, two godlike figures known only as the Sorceress and the Alchemist altered the nature of time, binding it to the iron in blood. Now, time can be extracted from the citizens in Sempera by bleeding them and turning their blood into coins. Time from one person can be eaten by another person, creating this huge class divide where the poor are taxed literally for their lives and the rich live for hundreds of years, feasting on a stockpile of hours and years. I devoured this in two sittings. Our protagonist, Jules Ember, is compassionate, angry, restless, unforgiving - overall, a compelling narrator with a fascinating character arc. The story itself is equally gripping. There's a big feeling of mystery and unanswered questions. You get the sense pretty early on that something is Not Right and the Rich People Are Hiding Something. Just when I thought I had guessed the Big Secret, so to speak, the situation evolved yet again. No character is quite whom they seem to be, with masks peeling off left and right towards the climax. The last few chapters had me biting my nails. It's a ride, y'all. There is an element of romance but it's not super sexual, which I appreciated. (I have nothing at all against sexual relationships, I'm just ace, so reading just romance is refreshing.) Truly, Everless has all the ingredients of a stellar young adult fantasy, wonderfully presented and a delight to read. It reminded me of Red Queen, but honestly I liked it more. Red Queen took a while to pick up, and back-loaded all of its action to last fourth of the book. In comparison, Everless is more evenly paced. If you enjoyed Red Queen, try Everless. You won't regret it. Pick this up if you're seeking books about... strong father-daughter relationships time magic/blood magic toxic class divides old legends that aren't what they seem Trigger/Content Warnings for this book... They talk often about "bleeding time", which involves cutting the skin, often on the forearm or palm, so tread with caution if that affects you
Anonymous 9 months ago
I was pleasantly surprised with this book! I really enjoyed how unique it was and read it very quickly, wanting to know what happens next. I did feel like there wasn't enough action, just a lot of build up. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I think it was setting up the rest of the story that'll come in the next book. This was one of those books that were slightly predictable when it comes to its characters and who they turn out to really be in the end but I still had a lot of fun reading it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Totally enjoyed it. I can't wait to find out what Jules does. And If she fall for the brother whom has been there the whole time.
WhatANerdGirlSays 11 months ago
This book has been hyped in my mind for quite some time, considering it just came out a few weeks ago. It seemed that no matter where I turned, it seemed to pop up! The cover draws your eye automatically and I found myself intrigued every time I saw it. Finally I caved and got it in my hands (thank you Meghan!). I had no idea what it was even about, I hadn’t even read a synopsis. But I will say this: this book lives up to all the hype that surrounds it. Sara Holland writes a beautiful, dark, compelling and romantic fantasy that left me practically salivating for more. I really enjoyed the world that Sara built. It was a beautifully built world and the magic was smooth and dangerous and intriguing. The idea that blood is tied directly to time was incredibly interesting and I immediately bought into it. Its a luxury, and the more of it you have, the better off you are. You are paid in time and you pay debts with time and it just made so much sense to me and it was seriously so interesting, while at the time, insanely scary. The idea that you could throw the time of your life around like that, losing and gaining, depending on what your life was like, was so dark. Next, let’s talk characters. Jules is just the tip of the iceberg in interesting characters in this novel. Every person you meet in this novel is their own mystery. I kept getting distracted with each person that came on the page and I fell in love with all of them. There was something dark, dangerous and romantic about all of the characters. Jules and Liam and Ina and the queen and Caro and on and on. Each character stood out so much. They each could have their own novel and I would devour it. They were genuine, familiar but at the same time, mysterious and full of secrets. They are what keeps this novel addicting from beginning to end. I felt like each page revealed something new about a different character. Lastly, I loved the story that the world and the characters built together. Every moment mattered, and when things started coming together, folding into each other and bringing together the bigger picture, opening doors and revealing the answers to questions asked earlier, I was even more intrigued. Sara was so good at keeping the mysteries hidden until the right moment and she knew the right moments to reveal just enough to make you want more. I finished this book so mad that it just came out because that means its going to be AGES before the next book comes out!
Anonymous 12 months ago
This story is so rich, the characters are enchanting, and there is so much to uncover! If this isn't on your to read list do yourself a favor and add it!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I was amazed
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book? I really did! I read it every free chance I had and probably would have finished it in a few hours if I didn’t have children, work, or other such obligations. For me, the premise of this story is new. I haven’t read anything like it. Time is currency . . . and that currency is made from your blood. Jules Ember once lived in Everless, but she was forced to leave with her father. But because her father was running out of time, she had to go back. For me, Everless wasn’t action-packed, but it moved and kept me questioning. I kept wondering why Jules wasn’t supposed to go back, why she was warned, why things happened around her. I loved how some characters were pretty straightforward and others were not who I thought they were. I love it when books do that, when they make a character different than they first appeared. Everless had a few characters who surprised me. Everless was a wonderful read. I didn’t want to put it down, and it left me with a serious book hangover. Even though I have some answers, I still have some questions. Mainly, when will the next book be released??? Would I recommend it? Yes, I would! Definitely. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have read this book in one setting if I had the time. It was a great story, magical. Cant wait for the story to continue
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Sara Holland creates a world filled with mystery and intrigue. Jules Ember is a sweet girl and the reader can’t help falling in love with her. But … there is so much we don’t know about her. In fact, her entire past is shrouded in mystery. All we know is that for some reason, she had to flee her home of Everless due to a mysterious fire that almost killed her childhood friend. Since then she has lived on the run with her father, as he slowly wilts away before her eyes. She was young when they fled and everything is a bit of a haze. Except she knows that it is the fault of the eldest Gerling son that she had to leave. He all but banished her father and her. But now she is returning to Everless, to uncover the mysteries of her past and discover what her future hold. I couldn’t predict how this story would unravel and, for fear of giving away spoilers, I won’t say any more. But if you love fairytales and fantasy, this is a book you should definitely pick up.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book This book was such a treat! I was surprised at how quickly I found myself completely immersed in Jules' story. I kept expecting to lift my face from the pages and find myself in the halls of Everless. (Sadly, it never happen.)
 One of my favorite aspects of this teen fantasy was how fresh it felt. It wasn't the same old storyline with different faces. I loved this idea that time is currency and it's in your blood. The stakes are constantly very high, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it.
 And, of course, I loved the characters. Well, not all of them. I kind of hated some of them, but I loved that Holland made me feel such strong emotions toward everyone. That always makes a book stand out for me: a strong emotional reaction to the characters and storyline. 
So, yes, you need to read this book. Every time I sat down to read it I lost track of everything going on around me. And now I'm crying inside because I'll have to wait until 2019 to read the next installment and find out what happens next. Because this one ends with a killer cliff hanger.
 P.S. I loved this book so hard that I went out and bought a copy despite having the arc. It's a must-own gorgeous piece of fiction. Have I mentioned that I think you should read it?
Jenna Grodzicki More than 1 year ago
Unique and engaging story about a world where blood can be turned into time currency. The main character, Jules, is relatable and her story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I can't wait for the sequel.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I know a lot of people loved this story and when I first read the synopsis, I was fairly excited. Somehow, when it came time to read it, I was never quite in the mood for it and as the days after the release days passed, I decided to just sit down and start it. Jules is a decent enough MC. She’s loyal and curious and I did like her, but didn’t love her. She’s sort of bland and forgettable; perhaps that’s on purpose. There are several other characters, but no one really stood out to me and the maybe-romance didn’t do a thing for me. Plot wise, it seemed slow. Sure, things are happening, yet several scenes felt repetitive. I never got the jolt of excitement I was looking for with such a unique storyline. As the ending got closer and several back to back reveals happened, I was fully invested. The last 15% is what made this a 3 star review, instead of a 2 star. Overall, it’s an interesting concept. The execution didn’t really work for me, but the epilogue and the set up for book 2 were intriguing enough to get me to read the next book. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I drank this up like a nice hot cup of tea. Definatley recommend, and cannot wait for the sequal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book from a list of new YA novels to read and I loved it so much. I thought it was going to be another boring YA romance but the twists were so surprising and interesting. I read the book in less than 24 hours. And can’t wait for the next one. (Although I might have to wait awhile since it came out two days ago.) I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a fantastically detailed world and a plot line filled with twists and magic.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of the movie In Time, in the world of Everless, time is, literally, currency. And much like In Time, the system works to keep the poor poorer and with short lifespans while the rich can live for centuries. Only this is fantasy and the time is in their blood, which means a bloody business to sell and make money for yourself. (You’d think it’s only about replenishing blood, but the magic ties to your lifeline – you can only see how many years you have left to live) Jules, our main character, has to go work for Everless estate to save her father from death. Being back there after a decade (when she and her father were chased off) means she is stepping back into a world she hates, but the thought of her childhood friend Roan consoles her. However, soon the Queen visits the estate and Jules gets caught up in their business – and her plan to get vengeance on the estate have a significant role in the ladder she climbs. Jules is a bit naive and sometimes I really wanted to shake her. She goes into a plan half-prepared and only her ability flaring up to protect her saves her skin most of the time. On a plot standpoint, she is trying to uncover a mystery and that mystery has a slightly Gothic feel to it – there’s this manor and there is a lot of secrecy involved and a vault that is not to be entered. Time and an age-old story play a part in directing the actions around Jules. The story of the Alchemist and the Sorceress gives most of the details and connects all the weird events in the book, but there are some things which are still left unexplained, like the source of the magic (apparently even hedge witches can wield time) and Jules’ ability to alter the flow of time. Also, first the Alchemist is designated as male in the stories but the names of the Alchemist are all female-sounding? Also, why do the young nobles consume blood iron if they don’t need it (assuming they already know how much time they have in their veins). And more importantly, I don’t think we’ve explored the possibilities of a world where you literally know how much time you have left?! So, on a plot level, the story is good. But the world building needs more work – it wasn’t until like the last quarter than the economy of blood iron even made sense. And I still don’t get why they had to start to use that as currency, though, if they already had a system in place (presumably) prior to it. As for characters, I think it could’ve been better in explaining the ties between the female characters? Ina feels important in the start and then she is practically out of the picture. As for romance, well, it has little to no romance element. She is interested in Roan but well, he is not the right person for her. Liam felt like another character I want to shake – dude, like how about NOT being so emo and moody? A little communication would’ve done both him and Jules some good. Overall, it’s an interesting story, and I’m interested in how the events of the epilogue work out. It was certainly entertaining, but also a bit predictable. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the sequel. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harper Teen, via Edelweiss.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Everless by Sara Holland is her debut novel, and I am happy to say it was slam bang of a beginning. Everless is a fantasy novel, with a different world building that I have never encountered before. It is a world where time is currency, and people can pay from their life time (years) in blood for money. In the kingdom of Sempera, the rich Gerlings and the Queen have the most time, which allows them to live indefinitely. Their servants are paid through coins of life, and any punishment is loss of time through bleed outs. Jules Ember, our heroine, used to live in Everless with her father years before. 10 years later, with her father close to dying, Jules is forced to return to Everless as a servant to help her father. She has not forgotten her friendship with her childhood crush on Roan Gerling, the now Prince, as well as his brother, Liam, whom she hates for having driven her father from Everless. Once Jules begins to work on the estate, where she will meet new friends, and discover many secrets. Jules will come face to face with both Roan, who is betrothed to the future Queen; and Liam, who recognizes Jules right away, and despite his attempts to make her leave Everless, and stay away from those above her, she continues to try and find out the truth about her childhood past. Jules has always had nightmares, and also hides that she is able to stop time for a short period; something which she has no idea why, but knows she needs to keep this a secret. Jules was an amazing heroine, and as she learns more and more about herself and her magic, she becomes stronger, but also finds her life in danger. Rather than tell too much more would become spoilers. There are so many twists and turns, with a few surprises that were totally unexpected. Who could Jules really trust? Who was real and who was the evil betrayer? I have to say towards the end, I was a bit shocked as we raced to the finish, and had me breathless with each mind blowing reveal. Everless is an exciting & different fantasy story line, which had a great heroine, and some excellent secondary characters. Sara Holland has done a fantastic job writing this story, especially being her first novel. I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but this one was a doozy. Well done, Sara Holland, for your super start in what I imagine will be a great career.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“Fox,” said Snake, curling slowly around her friend’s heart. “It’s time we face the truth.” This book was so fantastic and just absolutely perfect for a winter-y read. There’s this kinda desperate tone and eerie calmness that just fits. Everless is a truly unique and captivating magical world where time is bound to blood and metal, and used as currency. Jules Ember is running from a mysterious past she doesn’t understand, but she starts to seek answers as she returns to her childhood home to work as a servant in the Everless Manor, of the ruling Gerling family. Jules begins to uncovers secrets and faces more dangers than she could have ever expected. Things I Liked I just really loved the tone of this story. There’s a that desperation is clearly established early on and creates a lot of tension and suspense throughout the story. There was also this overwhelming sense of dread that made me want to keep reading. I couldn’t get enough. This fantastic tone also setup quite a few surprises that I did not see coming, but they all really worked and felt natural in the story. The tone and the twists really kept me engaged. I loved getting all of the worldbuilding about the history of the Sorceress and the Alchemist. I liked getting the different local legends from the servants, and getting more scholarly information from books and other characters. It was nice to see how different classes interpret and pass on the information. The magic system was another highpoint. It’s so unique and creative - and I lived the inclusion of alchemy in the story. Jules Ember was a strong main character and I really liked her. She gets to be mad, scared, vengeful, and hopeful. She really felt like a full character facing hard challenges and trying her best. I could also really feel her history at Everless. It gave her some nice backstory and set the tone for a few relationships. Things I Didn’t Like I felt like some things in the story were a little muddled. There were really only two instances where I noticed it, but I did have to reread a few paragraphs and really focus. This story was just so great and I loved getting back into fantasy. The characters, the relationships, the worldbuilding all captivated me and made me want to read. Everless is a fast-paced and thrilling story of secrets, truths, and power all wrapped in a desperate setting. I cannot wait for book 2! I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Sara Holland's Everless was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. Not only was the cover exquisite but also the premise sounded unique and fresh. Time as currency? I was definitely intrigued. As the praise and rave reviews began pouring in, the larger the hype grew and the more excited I became. Thankfully, Everless was everything I had hoped it would be, and much, much more. Everless is intoxicating as well as spellbinding. It was so incredibly easy to lose myself within its pages - ten more minutes would become an hour and an hour would quickly become several and before I knew it I was at the end. World building can make or break a fantasy, in my opinion, and thankfully, it made the book in this case. Sara Holland has created such a lush world within the pages of Everless. It was incredibly easy to picture the kingdom of Sempera, and I also enjoyed the detail she put into the Gerlings and their aristocracy as well as the alchemist and sorceress. Actually, the story of alchemist and the sorceress was one of my favorite parts of the book, and I especially enjoyed the way in which Sara Holland presented it through whispers and long passed down stories. It added a questioning, suspenseful edge to the novel- Were the stories correct? How much was fact and how much was fiction? Were there hidden clues to be found within? Additionally, I found the characters to be well developed and likable. Jules is a woman on a mission, and nothing - not even the cunning, tricky Gerlings - can get in her way. Jules is headstrong, determined, and dauntless. She'd do anything to save her family, especially when it comes to the father she loves so dearly. Over the course of the book, Jules deals with a fair amount of change - scenery, family dynamic, friends, etc; however, never once did Jules falter in the sight of the unknown. She embraced it, and I appreciated that about her. It was fun to see her on her journey and it was even better to see her pull in wins. In addition to Jules, I also liked her father. He was incredibly caring, the type of person who'd give his last shirt up to keep someone else warm. Seeing him and in turn seeing his relationship with Jules made it crystal clear why Jules would risk everything for him. He was her world and she was his. I also enjoyed the power players encountered in the castle. The queen was twisty and chilling. The princess was reckless and easy to trust as well as love. The two princes were like day and night. Roan was warm and welcoming while Liam was foreboding and staunch. While Roan should have been the easy favorite, Liam was the one I was drawn to. He had a twisty, dark past, but I had a sneaky suspicion there was more good to him than met the eye. The plot of Everless best described in one word? Thrilling! Once the story got going and the adventure and thrills started churning out in rapid speed, I was one hundred percent hooked. I loved the court drama, the sabotage that kept peeking up, the bad that came with the Queen's arrival, and the feeling that something incredibly sinister was at play. I read this book way faster than I would've liked, but I couldn't help it. I also appreciated that while there's romance, it isn't a huge part of the book. There's a slight touch here and there, which ended up being plenty. Additionally, I liked that the romance wasn't what I had expected - the ending of the novel truly managed to surprise me! In all, Sara Holland's Everless is a stellar debut.