ISBN: 9781408353394. January 4th 2018. Orchard Books. I received an Ecopy through Netgalley, but also a hardback copy from my December Fairyloot.
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.
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.
Abbey, Sara and myself chose Everless to be our second group read of the year, and it was such a great choice of book!
First of all, I thought both the UK and the US covers were gorgeous, however I am glad I got my favourite cover of the two. The UK cover.
The premise of this book, time as part of the blood, the ability for it to be extracted and turned into currency, is a unique fascinating idea. The writing flowed so easily that we were able to binge it in three days, with regular intervals to chat about what we had read.
I struggled to follow the plot at first, what with Jules going back and forth with her choices (what’s good and what’s bad), but I quickly got into a rhythm and even guessed the big twist at the end. This is not a bad thing, I found myself hoping that it would be the case and was over the moon when I was right because it was written even better than I could have hoped.
I wasn’t sure of Jules at first. Jules made decisions that would effect those around her without thinking about the consequences, and on some occasions couldn’t make her mind up about things. Having said that though, Jules grew into a character that I absolutely loved. Her character arc was great. I also wasn’t sure of Roan and Liam, and even though I saw how their relationships would go with Jules I was cheering it on the whole way. I’m not usually a love triangle fan, but I enjoy love to hate stories so much. I really wanted to like Roan, but something felt ‘too good’ about him and didn’t want to get attached to a character that I was worried would turn evil. Liam, on the other hand, I wanted to hate as much as Jules did, but there was just something that kept me from crossing that line. I loved his character so much.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. I need to read it like now ❤
This book fully deserves 5 out of 5 stars!
You can buy it here.