Everless by Sara Holland

Everless

Everless by Sara Holland

Published: January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen

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 was extremely excited when I got my hands on this book. I loved the premise of this book and I was excited to see that other people had loved it as well. However, this book just didn’t live up to the hype for me. I was expecting something more than what I was given and I was left feeling relatively disappointed.

This book was extremely slow. I felt like it plodded along at a glacial pace and nothing seemed to be happening at all. Various things that were revealed as the book continued didn’t all come together until the last sort of 100 pages and I felt like things could have happened before this point to really help kick start this book. I had already guessed what was going to happen and who Jules was, so the ending wasn’t all that shocking for me either. There was one aspect of the ending that I wasn’t expecting and it didn’t really affect me in the way that it was probably supposed to because I had never felt a connection to that particular story plot (Don’t want to give away too many spoilers).

The whole thing felt extremely repetitive. Jules was doing things that a normal castle worker/person in her job would be doing and she was constantly getting angry at things that she was making no attempts to change. I felt like it was on a bit of a loop and it started getting old relatively quickly. I struggled to connect with her because I found her to be whiny and annoying – so I didn’t really care about what was going to happen to her.

There was one aspect of the book that didn’t make sense wen it tied into the ending. A good portion of the book is spent with Jules fawning over someone she can’t have but has been attracted to since they were children – basically written in a way that she was in love with him. So when the ending went down in the way that it did, I was extremely confused because it went against everything else that happened within the book and the other character relationships etc. It felt a bit whimsical and fickle in a sense.

I was drawn to Liam, more than his brother, from the beginning of the book. I have a thing for dark, broody characters (apparently there is something wrong with me?) and I didn’t really care for his more light hearted brother – who I felt that we were supposed like. I had guessed what Liam had done relatively early on, so when it was revealed at the end, it also didn’t surprise me as it probably should have done.

All in all, I found this book to be a bit predictable and slow – I was expecting better based off of the hype. I loved the premise and the idea behind blood being tied to time, but I really wish that something more had happened. I gave this book 2.5/5stars

 

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a great new year. How is the start of 2018 going for you? Reading wise, it is going terribly for me. I started and finished my first book yesterday, but it was only a short book. I feel like I’m in a slump XD

Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a book that I feel like everyone either wants to read, or is reading!

Everless

Everless by Sara Holland

Published January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen

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.

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Hey guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! This is the beginning of the last few days of me being 22!! Which I find crazy… where is the time going?!? Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a book that I have had on my TBR for years now and I am hoping to be able to grab a copy this week! So, we shall see!

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Published: January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

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Hey guys! Can you believe it’s the end of March?? I’m going to be 23 next month :-O … Let’s just run away and pretend it’s not happening! Anyway! This weeks Goodreads Monday is a book that I actually went to 2 different bookstores to find over the weekend… AND THE DIDN’T HAVE IT! Looks like Amazon is going to have to be my trusty friend again!

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

I have had this on my TBR for ages now and I am so looking forward to finally getting a copy!

Waiting on Wednesday

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Hey guys! It is time for another WoW! This weeks pick for me is a sequel to a  book that I was actually pretty disappointed about. I was convinced by the ending, however, to add this sequel to my TBR, so I am looking forward to seeing how the story continues.

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Expected Publication: September 19th 2017 by HarperTeen

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

I do love this cover, however! What books are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine

Hey guys! This weeks pick is a recent find and it sounds so fun! I absolutely cannot wait for its release later this year!

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Expected Publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

I love A Christmas Carol, so I cannot wait to see what the author has done with this story!

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Hey guys! So, I was scrolling through my TBR books on Goodreads and I found this weeks book! It is actually one that I completely forgot about and I can’t even remember adding it to the TBR! In short, it got buried alive! I absolutely love the cover and, after reading the blurb again, it sounds really interesting!

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Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Published: October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

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Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

This sounds really interesting and I am glad that I managed to dig through my TBR and find it again! Also, I absolutely love that blue on the cover!

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Published February 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

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In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

I just want to start off by mentioning that I have been waiting for this book for AGES!! I was one of the people that really enjoyed Glass Sword (despite the mixed opinions), so I was really stoked for this book! I had my hopes for this book and, some of them were met, whilst others were just shot down… painfully so! This book did have a couple of issues, but I really enjoyed myself whilst reading!

This book basically starts off where the previous one ends. Mare is stuck in the clutches of Maven (by the way, I should mention here and now that I am a #TeamMaven fan right here… even after this book!!). What I did love about this book was the fact that we got multiple POV’s instead of just Mare’s – this way we could see what was going on with Mare in the castle and what was happening back with the Scarlet Guard. I really enjoyed the switch back and forth and I found it really easy to keep up with who I was reading at any one time.

So, I was hoping for some more Maven time in this book because we received very little of him in the previous one – only from a distance. I wanted to see more of him and what made him tick – I personally don’t believe he is inherently evil and I think there is definitely some form of redemption in there somewhere! I loved the relationship between Mare and Maven because it is so twisty and turny and you have no idea what is going to happen next! I really enjoyed the way that Mare brought a side of Maven into the light, which we would never normally get to see because he likes to keep himself closed off! I actually felt really sorry for him in certain parts … can I adopt him? I also liked MAre’s indecision with him because she says that she hates him, but finds herself feeling other feelings for him in certain parts.

I also really enjoyed Mare’s development as a character. I definitely think that she should not have been subjected to what she was, but at the same time, it changed her in certain ways for the better! Especially when it came to her other relationships with members in the Scarlet Guard – they improved after her ordeal and I think that is definitely going to be an interesting factor going forward! I feel like it also made her more likeable as a character herself? I could feel myself empathising with her throughout most of the book!

I was getting pretty annoyed through some of the book because my ship was sinking faster than the titanic!! I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers etc. But I really didn’t feel the connection between Cal and Mare (and I haven’t since they first started their rendezvous right at the very beginning) and I just wanted to smack both of them! I do, however, still have really high hope for my ship and I think something will happen to make it work!

As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed the POV change in this book. I feel like Cameron’s voice was a great choice because she remains unbiased when it comes to Mare’s situation and it made for an interesting read. I loved getting inside of her head and watching the events unfold from her perspective! I was also really surprised with the couple of chapters from Evangeline’s perspective. I actually really disliked her as a character throughout because she seemed really cold and heartless… but then we started reading things from her perspective, and some of her actions redeemed her in some ways, even if she is still horrid sometimes! I can understand why and how she justifies what she does!

Can we just mention that really bittersweet ending? I mean, I am kind of glad that it happened because of reasons (which you will understand if you have read both the book and the other parts of this review), but at the same time I am really excited about what is going to happen next! Especially because they revealed what they are planning on doing and I am kind of intrigued to see who does what first…

I do have to say, though, that considering this is a published book – there were quite a few typos and it actually really bugged me! It would have been ok if it was just one or two, but they cropped up a lot throughout the book and I feel like this could have definitely gone through another round of proof reading!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book! I definitely cannot wait for the next instalment and I really hope there are less typo’s in it! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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Hey guys! It is time for another Goodreads Monday! This weeks pick is a book that has been on my TBR for ages now! I have heard some really great things about it – so I need to get a copy!!

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Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Published: July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

I have had this on my TBR for ages, as mentioned, but I really cannot wait to get a copy!!

What books do you guys have on your TBR’s?? 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Published: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

I really wanted to love this book… but I was overly disappointed. This may have been my own fault because I hyped this up a lot to myself. I’m upset that I ultimately didn’t love this much as I wanted to, but the last 15% of the book is actually what gave it an extra star! There is a lot more wrong, for me, then there is right…

Firstly, there were WAY TOO many characters being introduced all at once! It made for a really confusing beginning, especially because I kept forgetting who everyone is, what their roles were and where they actually were. When I put the book down to do normal every day things and then came back to it, I actually had to go back some pages just to figure out where I was in the book – as well as who was who. I found it way too easy to forget which characters were with which queens and where these queens were in general geography of the book.

Another major issue I had with this book was that the plot was too slow for me. The book sort of plodded along at a less than average pace and it took ages for anything substantial to happen. Sometimes there would be something interesting, but it lacked the explanations to go with it, which then made it slow and confusing. I feel like there was definitely not enough information given about Beltane and I would have loved to have known more!

I also felt like the characters bled together sometimes? I sometimes forgot which characters I was actually looking at because the individual voices weren’t always there. This can become a major issue when dealing with so many different character voices and this definitely became an issue in this book for me!

The last sort of 15% of the book had me hooked all over again. I was questioning whether I had actually read the book right in the first place because it seemed to jump up quite a few notches pace wise! Things got really interesting really quickly and there are now so many misunderstandings that could be used to form the most amazing plot! Especially the twist at the end! I cannot even begin to tell you guys who exciting the twist as at the end… mostly because I was not even expecting it in the slightest! I am interested to see where this author is going to go with this!

Mostly I was underwhelmed by this book in a major way, which is a shame! I wish I had loved it more – which may have been the problem to begin with! I was hyping it up way too much! I’m glad I didn’t call DNF about half way through like I was planning, just for that ending! I gave this book 2.5/5 stars.