Everless

Everless

by Sara Holland

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ISBN-13: 9780062653659
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 30,206
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 and is followed by Evermore. Visit her online at www.sarahollandwrites.com.

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Everless 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 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 6 days ago
I really enjoyed both everless and evermore the storyline and plot were unique and intriguing for those who said they didnt think the character or story was explained or relatable halfway through the book, they should continue. Its that way for a reason. Id read more by this authoe
Bluemoons 7 days ago
Sara Holland's debut YA novel Everless is about seventeen year old Jules, who in order to care for her sickly father, becomes a servant at the Everless palace, home to the rich and powerful Gerling family and a place she has sworn to never return to. From the synopsis, it seems Everless is your typical YA fantasy. A young girl, who struggles to survive day by day and look after her family (or what's left of it), moves to the palace in hopes of a better life but discovers much more than that and becomes embroiled in something bigger than she could have ever imagined. Things aren't what they seem and danger, secrets and romance ensue. Although it does seem that way, Everless is a YA fantasy which though does not surprise, still manages to engage the reader. It depicts the inevitable cliches well and revolves around the refreshing concept of blood as time and currency. The characters are written with depth and felt real, but I would have liked even more development of them besides the main character, Jules. However, this meant that her character was easy to understand and relate to which is important in the book. The pacing is very good - there was never a slow patch and the climax at the end quickened the pace a lot. To be fair, I did find myself skimming or skipping some of the descriptions at times, but that was because I felt that I already had a picture of Jules' world in my mind. The novel overall is quite light on the fantasy but it does set up nicely for the sequel, which should have more developments on the magical aspects. In terms of plot twists and suspense, this novel doesn't really have much of either. However, it did a good job in making me feel like there was always something going on and that I had to read more to find out. It also manages to drop hints towards the big reveal, which made it fun to guess. This did mean I saw some of the connections coming but fortunately not all. If you're someone who is not big on romance or fears it will overshadow other aspects, I am glad to say this book doesn't do that. If you read the synopsis it does mention romance, but it's not a major part of the story. The novel focuses mainly on Jules and the things she uncovers about herself and her past. If you read to the end, you do realise why the romance is needed and how it plays into something much bigger. The novel sets up the romantic relationship that will develop in the next book. Overall, I am very satisfied with Everless, and especially the world it has introduced me to. I was particularly fascinated by the idea of blood that could be turned into coins and then consumed to lengthen one's life. I would highly recommend this novel as the writing is lovely and flows well, and I haven't been this excited about a novel for a long time.
Anonymous 10 days ago
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Anonymous 19 days ago
So the book was very predictable. I could have told you what was going to happen by chapter 18. However I am a chronic reader so maybe it’s just that I had seen the patterns early on that the author had laid out. Anyway the main character was a whirlwind of emotions and some of them were just down right annoying. At the very beginning she was strong, fierce honorably to her father but when she reaches Everless she becomes a shadow of herself. Of course this could be due to the events that happen within the book leading up to and after that moment but it doesn’t make her one of the favorite characters in the book which is a shame because we are following her story. I gravitated more towards Liam. He had the most grit to his character that made me want to figure his whole life out and what made him the way he was. Honestly that’s probably one of the reasons I kept reading Everless. It’s a good book don’t get me wrong. I’ll probably read the second one in the future. Hopefully the main character has more story building and creates an instinct for survival that utterly fails her in this book.
Anonymous 25 days ago
I love books that can trap you in a story. Ones that make you think about the characters even when you put the book down. This is one of those books! The author has an amazing ability to catch the reader up in the story. Never wanted to put it down.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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TheLiteraryPhoenix 8 months ago
While Everless seems to get a pretty good reception on Goodreads, I've found a lot of the blogs I follow don't think very much of it. It goes to show that readers are very different beasties, and what pleases one will abhor another. I, for one, really enjoyed Everless. I'm not going to give it any brownie points for being a groundbreaking work of art, but the plot had a charming, twisted Hansel and Gretel quality to it. The story moved along at a brisk pace and I found myself being drawn in deeper and deeper until I was tangled in its pages. Plus, it only took a couple hours to read. I love myself a good, quick fantasy that leaves you wanting for more. The characters, on the other hand, were less impressive. You could pretty much sniff out the bad ones from a mile away, so a lot of the plot twists weren't terribly surprising. My favorite character in this one was Ina, and I'm patiently waiting for her to show her hand. After all, none of the other characters have been so simple and flawless, so why should she be? There were scenes where the setting is really strong - like the garden - and other places where I was left wanting for more (Blackmoor). I think that the ending felt a bit rushed, and there was a lot of traveling folded into it with very little time. I would have liked a bit more of a slow burn, but that is my personal preference. Overall I appreciated this as a quick read. You don't get a lot of light fantasy these days, and you definitely don't get a lot without a romantic relationship gumming up the works. There was a little romance here, but not a lot. A flirtation. I appreciated that, too. I think that Everless will most likely suit readers who have enjoyed The Hazel Wood or even Reign of the Fallen. There's a similar darkness in all three books, and all three can swallow you whole.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't particularly sure that I was going to enjoy the book from the first couple of chapters. However, once I had settled in to it I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Although, it must be said right up front that Jules is a very frustrating character and I did spend a lot of time tutting and mentally shaking my finger at her as she continued to make silly assumptions and not see what was right in front of her face. Don't you hate it when characters do dumb things! The world building here is exceptionally good and it is not just the blood-iron coins and how the whole upper classes rely on "stealing" time from the lower (although this has been meticulously thought through) but the actual places in this world are rich and real. Although, they do have a sort of Sherwoodesque Medieval feel to them this is nto necessarily a bad thing. At the very least it means that we are in a fantasy world that looks and functions much as ours does, this makes it easier to slip in to the story without pesky details about what would seem anomalous features yanking us back out. The basic tale here is of Jules and her attempts to earn some blood coin to save her father having to donate his last time to keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately this means a return to Everless, where she was brought up and from where her and her father where exiled. Backed in to a corner Jules has no choice but to try and become a servant at Everless now The Queen is coming to visit for the celebration of her ward to one of the Gerling Princes of Everless. A Gerling Prince that Jules knows all too well. The plot itself moves along at a good pace and is full of quirky little details and odd little coincidences that point the reader in the direction of the truth whilst leaving the characters themselves in the metaphotical dark. I was quite pleased to have guessed at most of the major plot points before their big reveal but it may have been more fun to find them out with Jules. I did have a great deal of fun reading this book though and I am looking forward to Evermore being released.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't particularly sure that I was going to enjoy the book from the first couple of chapters. However, once I had settled in to it I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Although, it must be said right up front that Jules is a very frustrating character and I did spend a lot of time tutting and mentally shaking my finger at her as she continued to make silly assumptions and not see what was right in front of her face. Don't you hate it when characters do dumb things! The world building here is exceptionally good and it is not just the blood-iron coins and how the whole upper classes rely on "stealing" time from the lower (although this has been meticulously thought through) but the actual places in this world are rich and real. Although, they do have a sort of Sherwoodesque Medieval feel to them this is nto necessarily a bad thing. At the very least it means that we are in a fantasy world that looks and functions much as ours does, this makes it easier to slip in to the story without pesky details about what would seem anomalous features yanking us back out. The basic tale here is of Jules and her attempts to earn some blood coin to save her father having to donate his last time to keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately this means a return to Everless, where she was brought up and from where her and her father where exiled. Backed in to a corner Jules has no choice but to try and become a servant at Everless now The Queen is coming to visit for the celebration of her ward to one of the Gerling Princes of Everless. A Gerling Prince that Jules knows all too well. The plot itself moves along at a good pace and is full of quirky little details and odd little coincidences that point the reader in the direction of the truth whilst leaving the characters themselves in the metaphotical dark. I was quite pleased to have guessed at most of the major plot points before their big reveal but it may have been more fun to find them out with Jules. I did have a great deal of fun reading this book though and I am looking forward to Evermore being released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sweetsciencewriter More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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**