Book: Everless by Sara Holland, Narrated by Eileen Stevens
Published January 2018 by HarperAudio|Length: 9 hours, 59 minutes
Where I Got It: I borrowed the audio book from the library
Series: Everless #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
I really liked Everless! I really liked the idea of time being currency, and how how they go about getting time from people.
Some of the characters weren’t what I expected. You think you know who the goods guys and the bad guys are, and then you’re taken off guard because people are not what you thought. It did make the book interesting, because I liked that things weren’t what they seemed.
I also really liked the world-building. It was a little confusing at times, particularly towards the end, but I think a lot of it is probably because I was listening to the audio. I felt like I needed to write it down to figure it out, which would have been a bad idea because I was driving. Maybe I’ll check out the print version and re-read it to see if it makes more sense. Anyway, I did like that we learned things as Jules learned things, and I think that’s why things weren’t what they seemed. At the same time, though, I think it also made things feel a little bit muddles because I wasn’t completely sure what was going on mythology wise. And I think there is a lot to explore, so hopefully we’ll learn more in the next book.
Jules is definitely different. There were times I thought she was really reckless, and she did put herself in harm’s way on more than one occasion. I have the feeling not everyone will like her, and while I didn’t hate her, I also didn’t love her. I felt bad for her, but overall, I think I’m neutral towards her. I did like the friendship she had with Ina, and she didn’t seem jealous of her, considering Ina was set to marry Rowan. That was nice for a change, because I feel like it would have been really easy to do the complete opposite.
The book did feel a little slow at times, particularly in the middle, but I got through it. I thought Eileen Stevens did a great job narrating. I did feel like she was Jules, and she did pretty well with the different voices. While I’m not running out and adding everything she’s narrated to my audible wish list, I also wouldn’t mind listening to a book she’s narrated if it was something I wanted to read.
4 stars. I really liked Everless, though I thought some of the world-building/mythology a little confusing. I’d still recommend Everless, and the concept is pretty cool.