Everless by Sara Holland

Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2nd January 2018
Rating: ☆ ☆ .5

The novel, pitched as Red Queen meets Downtown Abbey, is set in a kingdom where time is a commodity that flows through the blood and is hoarded by the rich, and centers on a 17-year-old girl who becomes the next handmaiden at the Everless Estate only to find herself at the heart of a centuries-old rivalry over the secret to immortal life.

1507201345324So this was kind of…blah. And I hate saying that, because ‘blah’ isn’t a good review is it? But how can you describe a book that makes you feel nothing?

Everless is pretty much a textbook YA court fantasy story. I knew what would happen, and it felt horrible that I didn’t care. My mind began to automatically skip over sentences that weren’t dialogue until at one point I didn’t even know what was going on and had to force myself to go back over it. It still didn’t make sense.

There seems to be a half formed plot about Jules’ past that makes her obviously ‘special’, but what it is is half-assed and doesn’t make for much of a shocker moment. Yeah, of course she’s special, yeah of course she’s the only one who can save the kingdom. The rest of the characters? Kinda boring, a bit 2D. I only gave it 2.5 stars because the beginning didn’t at least drag and I kind of enjoyed the magical ‘blood-iron’ system that allowed people to pay in time.

Something very refreshing in this story however was the inclusion of LGBTQ characters within the world. While it was unfortunate that they were side characters, or extras just passing through, it really showed the kind of worlds that Holland will be writing in the future. Inclusive, diverse, and different. It’s so hard to find historical-esque fantasy that will include dragons but find non-straight people ‘unrealistic’, and so I am pleased that we’re finally building the blocks to a more well rounded genre.

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  1. Megan

    October 28, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Aww I wanted this one to be good. Now I’m glad I didnt get the arc 😜

  2. haifabulous

    October 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Have you tried reading The Raven Cycle series?

      1. haifabulous

        October 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm

        I’m currently reading the second book. So far so good. Who’s your favorite character from the book?

        1. hollie (hollieblog)

          October 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm

          Gunna be really obvious and say Ronan 😂 you?

          1. haifabulous

            October 30, 2017 at 3:51 am

            Ronan’s my second favorite. Mine would be Gansey 😁

  3. vanessawolfe

    January 11, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Ahhhh. I gave up at 40%. I did not have the patience. The pacing was just too slow and the “suspense” felt poorly executed and rushed. I wish I had read your review before I bought it. I thought I was crazy for giving up.

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