Synopsis: In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever…and possibly the future of time itself.
Author: Sarah Holland
Publisher: Orchard Books
Pub Date: 2nd January 2018
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire.
There is a formula to the perfect YA. It usually includes:
- One unassuming female protagonist that comes into her own throughout the novel.
- One (normally two) love interests, often at the same time
- An evil queen/king/empire
- A few sidekicks
- Numerous twists and turns.
And Everless had them all!
It’s not possible to review this as a literary piece. There is no point trying to break it down and claim it unworthy, simply because it wasn’t made for that.
It was made to put you on the edge of your seat and not let you relax till the end. This is the kind of book you whizz through because you can’t bear not to know what happens next. It is book that, once you’ve finished, you’ll jump straight on to Goodreads to find the second in the series, only to scream in frustration when you realise you have to wait nine months to get your hands on.
If YA is your thing, then you’ll love this.
To be honest, even if it’s not your thing, but you enjoy a fast-paced, quick read, you’ll probably love this too.