Everless by Sarah Holland

Overall 5 stars

Get ready for me to gush about this book!

It was my first read of 2018 (even though I started it in 2017 but shhhhh). What a good reading start to the year with 5 stars!

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(Look how gorgeous the cover is!)

(And sorry for the slightly Christmas themed photos)

I was ill one day and literally devoured the whole book. It’s the first time I’ve actually done that, which means it’s already a winner. The beginning was fast paced and actually sucked me in straight away, which isn’t something I’m used to. Even some of my favourite books have slow, slightly dull beginnings, especially as you’re getting to know the characters and world, but this book had no such problem (for me at least).

‘At the sight of his sharp features – so long an object of my nightmares – anger rises in me, quick as the flames from the kitchen hearth’

The premise of the book, that time is money, reminded me of that movie In Time (it’s such a good movie, go watch it if you haven’t) which I really like, so I was pretty excited to read a book about a similar concept. The book is actually nothing like the movie, and the storyline is very different.

‘…winding towards Duade’s door with its burnt-in hourglass symbol. Behind it will be the flash of the blade the powder that turns blood and time into iron.’

In Everless, time is held in your blood, and then to make it into coins you have to be bled. This makes for some rather chilling scenes of people queuing up to be bled so they can pay rent. In fact, there were some beautifully written scenes which I found creepy, like the one in Briarsmoor but I’ll say no more about that.

There’s romance obviously but it’s not the main selling point of the story at all. There are some great female friendships that we see formed which is always wonderful to read about, although I do wish more was made of Jules friendship with her old friend Amma and I’m hoping more will come of that in the next book.

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Jules is a likable main character. She’s not too annoying or whiny which is my pet hate for female protagonists, and she’s strong when faced with problems. This starts early on when she goes to Everless to help her father pay the rent. It’s hard to really say anything about this book without giving away spoilers, just because everything that happens is exciting and not what you’d expect. So, I can’t really say anything more about it, apart from you should go and read it!

I do, however, have to say something about THAT ENDING! I need the next book immediately! It was so unexpected and amazing!

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Tower of Dawn

Overall 4/5 stars

 

I will start of by saying that Chaol was not my favourite character. I didn’t dislike him, but that said, I didn’t really like him either. So, when I heard that there was going to be a book written from his point of view I was not particularly excited. As it is written by Sarah J Maas I knew I would enjoy it, but even so I kept putting it off. It just sat on my shelf looking very long and so it kept getting further and further down my TBR pile. But I finally picked it up and I’m glad I did! It’s safe to say that after reading Tower of Dawn I like Chaol a lot more than before.

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Tower of Dawn revealed a lot of key parts of the Throne of Glass story (one of them genuinely had me in shock! SJM you genius!) which I’m sure will be vital in the next book.

The best part of this book had to be Yrene Towers (Tower of Dawn – get it?). She was another beautifully strong woman for this series, but she’s a different type of strong from Aelin and other female characters from the series. She’s a healer (one you may remember from The Assassin’s Blade?) who is compassionate, strong willed and doesn’t take shit from anyone. Even Princesses (cough Hasar cough).

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It may just be me, but I found it refreshing to have no fae in this book. I love fae and could read about them all day, but it was nice to read about vulnerable, flawed humans because let’s be honest, they are a lot more relatable. I thought Chaol’s disability was well represented, and I think his mental and emotional distress, at being in a chair, but also from the events of the last books was well crafted. It showed his vulnerable side and was probably what made me like him more, rather than the emotionless man I remembered from the other books.

I did  find a couple of problems with this book, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. One of them being I just don’t care about Nesryn. I found I didn’t really know or remember much about her from Queen of Shadows, and so I just found myself not caring about her or her life at all (I know, sounds harsh right?). Which was not great for scenes from her point of view. Her scenes in the beginning of the book are so dull, and I really struggled to read them. I wanted to skip past her scenes and get back to Yrene and Chaol a lot of the time. It’s annoying because I wanted to like her.

Another thing I really didn’t care about: Nesryn and Chaol’s romance. What romance? This is possibly completely my fault because I left it so long between reading Queen of Shadows and Tower of Dawn, and so I didn’t really remember anything about this, and I’m sure if I had read them closer together I may have found certain scenes in TOD more emotional, but I didn’t.

However, Nesryn’s scenes towards the end of the book became a lot more action packed and gripping. Plus, she uses a bow and arrow which is my all-time favourite weapon. I still don’t fully care about her like I do Lysandra (I mean she’s just awesome) or Elide (must protect at all costs) and now Yrene but I will be emotional if she dies. Or gets hurts in any way. Ok so maybe I do care about her, and knowing me, when the next book comes out I will probably be raving about how Nesryn is my favourite character.

My other problem was the length of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love long books! More time with the characters? Yes please! But I felt like this one was unnecessarily long. I’m pretty sure the story could have been told just as well with 200 less pages. I feel as though there could have been less of Chaol getting angry at Yrene, or Yrene getting angry at Chaol, or them getting angry at each other. In fact, they spent an awful amount of this book being angry at each other.

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So that’s enough of the bad. Back to the good bits! New romances! I won’t spoil it, but I loved the romance in this book. They were more subtle than other Sarah J Maas books but still believable and undeniably cute.

SJM has also created the Southern Continent beautifully. It’s culturally very different from the Northern continent which could have been badly done, but I really like the new addition to this world. I found the beginning slow as there is world building and new characters and me being forgetful and not knowing what happened in Queen of Shadows, but once I got the hang of it, I loved the new characters and felt like I had always known about the Southern Continent.

Overall, I enjoyed this read and would recommend it, especially if you want to continue the TOG series as it contains vital information.

What did you think of this book?

 

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