2018 Reading Challenge, Book 29 – Everless

Hi, Hey, Hello!

So, let’s just get some blog admin done, I went quiet over the weekend, one because I actually got a life and was out on Thursday, I had a thing to do on Friday and then went to see Heathers on Saturday which meant that I kind of didn’t really look at my blog and I was hit with an epiphany to just not post every day.

I’ve been pretty shit at it these past couple of months anyway because it just stopped feeling doable. And well I have the power to just stop doing it. So I am. I’m switching to 4 days a week, Monday through to Thursday and then weekends off. Which will give me a chance to actually write the content for the week and also to take a bit of a break.

Now that the admin is out of the way, let’s get back to what today’s post is about shall we?

It’s a book review.

Of Everless (with special guest star below, my Wicked oyster card holder).

2018 Reading Challenge, Book 29 - Everless
2018 Reading Challenge, Book 29 – Everless

I was excited to read this book because it was playing with idea of time being a commodity and what that would entail. And also it came with some added royalty which I love.

And I really enjoyed this book.

It really built itself up the more that it moved and it became something that I didn’t really expect it to. I don’t quite know what I expected but it wasn’t what happened.

For one the underlying ‘romance’ of the book was not the one that I expected it to be and I loved that. it added an extra layer to the story and also made Liam a much more interesting character then I what I first thought he would be when he made his first appearance.

I really enjoyed Jules’ perspective. It was kind of similar to Mare’s to be honest, although the situations that the two characters were in are very different there were some similar vibes there.

I really liked that you never knew more than Jules because it wasn’t the kind of story that you could predict. So you are almost just as confused as her as she finds things out about  her past at Everless and also the mystery of her father.

I found the flippancy of the way in which some people treated time and the blood iron so fascinating and Holland did a great job of conveying the varying attitudes to time and also of just how tragic the world that they are in really is.

So I quoted the romance part of my sentence a couple of paragraphs ago because it was such a sideline to the narrative which for the most part was about Jules. She’s just trying to figure shit out and make her way in the world and learn about who the hell she is once her dad dies. And yeah there were some potential love interests and there is definitely something that will evolve in the future I imagine.

Beyond Jules I really liked that there wasn’t a non-fully fleshed out character in this book. You could get a sense of them from Jules. Especially Caro and the queen and Ina and even her dad who isn’t even in it that much in the grand scheme of things but is a running thought throughout the book.

It’s been a while since I read this book and as such I have only just remembered what the ending to this book was. It was a cliffhanger that only clicked into place with me as I read the damn thing happening in front of me. It was one hell of a cliffhanger.

There were so many aspects of this book that I loved and Holland has a really great way of telling her story and I loved her world building and everything that was laid out in this book. I loved getting to know Jules and weaving through this narrative and story with her. I loved how it was almost a version of a coming of age story in some ways and how Jules still has so much to learn. I loved the concept so much and how that was woven into the world and made it all seem so real. I loved the characters and the twists and turns.

Where there small parts of it that I wasn’t a fan of? Sure. But they were so few and far between and honestly once you got past the first few chapters that were full of most of the information that you were going to need to know for the rest of the narrative I just found myself so engrossed in what I was reading that I didn’t even notice them.

Which is the sign of a good book I feel.

4/5 stars.

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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