Today Kim is reviewing the Everless Duology by Sara Holland. She read Everless last year not realizing (like usual! 😉 ) that it was part of a series. Her review for Everless is below along with the picture she took:
Kim’s review for Everless.
Books in the Duology:
Published: January 2, 2018
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.
Published: December 31, 2018
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars
This duology is great! I read Everless last year, without realizing it was part of a series. Thankfully, Evermore came out without too much delay and I was so excited to read the series again and find out what happens. I was not disappointed. Jules Ember is an excellent protagonist that I enjoyed rooting for. Her attitude about men gets a little ridiculous sounding in Everless, when she seems to put her feelings for Roan above everything else. Of course, I admit, I preferred Liam the whole time anyways. That’s the only reason I’m giving this series 4 stars.
The story is unique and easy to follow. These are the books that you read thru 50 pages without realizing it. Everless sounds like a beautiful place to live and I liked seeing the connections between it and the characters. Jules managed to separate Everless and its owners. She loved Everless and always felt that it was her home, no matter who else was there. I can’t say too much about Evermore, because I don’t want to give anything away . . . In fact, I probably shouldn’t say much more anyway, y’all just need to read it!
The story is great, the characters are believable and mostly likable, the setting is beautiful, the covers of both books are gorgeous, and I think this duology is completely appropriate for teens. I definitely recommend it to those who like fantasy!