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!
(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.
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!