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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  23,539 ratings  ·  4,374 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 362 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen
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Jessica Laurie I thought of the same thing! haha. While there are a lot of similarities, in my opinion, Everless was lights years better plot-wise. I got bored…moreI thought of the same thing! haha. While there are a lot of similarities, in my opinion, Everless was lights years better plot-wise. I got bored watching In Time. I never got bored reading Everless.(less)
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Emily May
What if the person to be feared is me?

I know you shouldn't go into a book expecting the worst, but these days it's hard not to approach any new YA fantasy without some trepidation. The genre is often tropey and unoriginal. Publishers churn out versions of the same old story again and again. It's hard to find the hidden gems among the pile. But Everless really surprised me.

It's not a perfect book by any means and Holland does fall into some traps commonly fallen into by debut authors - namely,
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Chaima ✨ شيماء

Ah yes, my first 1 star rating of 2018. I guess it’s that time of year again where I become 1% human and the other 99% is just crippling disappointment.

I can’t overstate just how much I don’t care about this book. I’m looking at everyone’s five stars reviews and wondering if maybe we all truly live in different realities and the internet is the only commonly shared space which doesn’t change across universes, because how is it possible to have such astronomically different attitudes towards a th
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Miranda Reads
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Maybe I am a mystery— a secret— that needs unraveling...
Or maybe, you are just one of a million special snowflake heroines.

I really, really wanted to like this one.

The premise is absolutely amazing - just riddled with poor execution and even poorer logic.

Jules Ember lives in Sempera - a country where time is literally money.

Lifetime can be extracted from blood and then is condensed into "blood-irons". The time can be re-absorbed or transferred if the coins are consumed.

Most of the rich ea
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Lola
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lola by: Liz
I almost didn’t read this book, but then I discovered that my university has an online library through which students can borrow up to thirty freaking e-books at a time. So when I found this particular title on it, I thought, ‘‘Well this must be fate.’’

And indeed it was.

Like everyone else, when I read the premise, I immediately thought of the movie In Time. But aside from the fact that in both works time is literally money (how ironic), they are two very different unputdownable creatures.

This
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Oh, I loved this. Full of mystery, intrigue, and the best kinds of twists.

The plot was super fun and unique, and for the life of me, I couldn't predict a thing. Friends, we have a page-turner here. I'm pretty sure I read the whole thing in almost 24 hours. I seriously couldn't set it down, especially after the 20% mark.

In a world where time is bound to blood, and people exchange blood/time currency to live, we follow Jules, the protagonist, as she makes the difficult decision to return to work a
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
December Fairyloot with link to close up pics ♥



CLOSE UPS



I was totally thinking this was going to be my first DNF book! Boy did it prove me wrong and I'm glad I kept going.

At first I thought this was going to be like that movie, 'In Time.' Was that the name of it?





BUT.......

in this book you give your time in blood... gross!



It's crazy and I probably have this a bit wrong, but the rich people take from the poor as usual. They can take their blood for whatever reason they can think up and they
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Teodora
3.35/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

First things first, this world that Sara Holland has created is kind of untouchable. It is an interesting concept of a timeless world in which the most valuable thing is, you guessed it, time. People are born with time in their veins, time that can be extracted, materialized into blood-iron and then ingurcitated like it is effervescent vitamin C. Quite an interesting concept, I might say I declare myself a fan. But the whole atmosphere is just
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Melanie
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Maybe I would have really enjoyed this if I hadn't read so much YA Fantasy. Maybe a younger Melanie would have ate this up and asked for seconds. Sadly, I’m just at the point in my life where I feel like I’ve read this all before.

And the aspect of this story that is really cool and different is the everyone’s lifespan is their currency. In this world, you can bind your blood to iron to make coins. And they come in amoun
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Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
DNF @157

This conversation probably will happen when I have grandchild in the future.

Me: *reads a book on a couch*

My Grandchild : Grandma!

Me: Yes, my dear?

My Grandchild: Will you tell me a story, please?

Me: *puts the book down*

Me: Alright, I'll tell you a story.

My Grandchild: *sits down on a couch beside me eagerly*

Me: Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved reading books so much or rather too much. She spent all her free time by reading books, because she thought there was no better co
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Katerina
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, fantasy
A widely imaginative story, with awfully bland characters.

Everless was one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, I was really looking forward to reading it. My expectations were partially met, because Sara Holland delivered a unique, original story that managed to stand out amongst other YA novels, but there was something amiss that didn't allow me to become fully invested in the fates of her characters.



Once upon a time, in the country of Sempera, the Alchemist and the Sorceress bound time to b
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C.G. Drews
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know what most captivated me? The PLOT TWISTS HOLY WOW. I was actually really nervous going into this because I'd seen a lot of mixed reviews. But I buddy read with my fabulous friend Danielle and we both ended up thinking it was pretty good!

+ OK so the premise about turning time into money is REALLY awesome.
Nooo not unique, haha, I have seen In Time. But I loved the more epic-fantasy-esque spin to it?! And there was so much world building done around this that I was super impressed! Althoug
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
3 1/2 Stars. Okay. I fully admit that this is not the Most high quality thing I’ve ever read. But god, if it wasn’t entertaining. This is like... a better Red Queen. And honestly a whole lot wilder.

This is an odd book because it has some tropes but isn't completely those tropes - Everless sets up a few tropes and then proceeds to play with them, instead of falling into them so much that it feels predictable. I had several guesses as to plot twists at the beginning, but as the book continued, I
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Elena
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
i remember being so excited for this when i heard about it. luckily, my library had it, so i decided to check it out today.

i read it in one sitting.

here i am now, wishing i got another book instead.

no review to come.

i don’t wanna waste my time writing a pointless review for a pointless book. cause let’s me honest, my review will be pointless because it’ll just me ranting. that’s pointless. it’s me wasting my time writing a review for something i didn’t like. see my pointless point?

i got better
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF. Sorry, I can't do it. I know this review is going to be wildly unpopular, seeing as this book currently sits at a 4.17 average rating and most of my friends seem to be loving it, but I could not get into this book to save my life. The only "unique" thing about it was the whole time = currency aspect, which I hesitate to call original, seeing as I seem to be one of very few people who remembers that Justin Timberlake/Amanda Seyfried movie In Time. The writing feels trope-y, and I just couldn ...more
alana ♡
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I’m just sitting here STUNNED y’all.

I FEEL BETRAYED BY THE AMOUNT OF PLOT TWISTS THE AUTHOR THREW AT ME.
The last 80 or so pages are just plot twist, after plot twist, after plot twist, after, you guessed it ANOTHER PLOT TWIST.
Yes, there were that many. While I did see a few of them coming the vast majority I would have never guessed.

Things I liked:

-Liam. Honestly at this point is anyone surprised with me?
I knew there was more that meets the eye with him
If he was portrayed as a villain for t
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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

“It’s possible to feel joy and grief at the same time.
It’s possible to look forward to the horizon while mourning what you’ve lost.”


Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
In our world time is money. But what if money isn’t bound to our time, but our life. What if every drop of blood makes us weaker, older? What if we can give a few years to someone we love only to make us die younger?
In Jules life her family is losing time faster than anything. So she decides to go back to the place she ones lived - Everless - and he
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megs_bookrack
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
**3.5-stars rounded up**

In a world where the old adage, time is money, is more than just a saying, Jules Ember is watching her dear Father slowly waste away.

His remaining time is quickly being drained to pay for things as simple as rent and sustenance. In this world, you see, time literally IS money.

He won't allow Jules to help him but she refuses to stand idly by while his time slips through their fingers.



When an opportunity presents itself for Jules to make a lot of time relatively quickly, s
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Ben Alderson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this story. I have not read a fantasy in a while which feels unique. This ticked that box!
Nadhira Satria
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS!!!!
Buddy read with someone who hates Roan's timestopping eyes

Everless is one of my most anticipated release of 2018 and boy was the wait absolutely worth it?!!?!?
I finished this so fast and I was sucked right in from the very first page. I honestly need the next book right now like wtf

What I liked

1.The world-building
YASSSSSS YAS YAS YASSS I LOVE THE PLOT AND THE STORY AND THE WORLDBUILDING I LOVE IT SO MUCH I MEAN TIME AS MONEY? YES YES YES

2.The mystery
I was so invested in what i
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Yusra  ✨
Okay. I think I’m ready to write this review. *takes a deep breath*
My plan is to write this as a letter to the book. Not to the author, mind you, I’m not a bitch like that, but to the book itself. Here it goes. (Mild spoilers ahead but nothing too revealing )

Dear Everless,

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I could sit here and cry for days about how good the world building was, how interesting the premise was, and how haunting some of the scenes were. This was a good book, you know? Time is money? How did you even think of
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Heather
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Hmmm I felt like this was a very interesting plot but it could have been executed better.
The characters weren't very remember able and the book kind of drug on.

I may be getting burned out on YA fantasy though..
Jules
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This won Book of the Month on my blog for December 2017:
https://littlemissnosleep.wordpress.c...

Firstly, I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous. If it hadn’t been for the alluring cover, I may not have even been tempted to read this book. This thought now shocks me!

I don't read a lot of fantasy or young adult fiction, as my love for it seems to be a bit hit and miss. I sometimes find young adult fiction too shallow or angsty, and my ability to connect with fantasy really depends on how well d
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Tan Markovic
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reviews can be found at: www.booknerdtan.wordpress.com

***Thoughts now that I’ve simmered down a little and my brain works***

Holy.


This book originally caught my eye a while ago with its’ interesting premise (and beautiful cover, let’s face it) and as soon as I started reading it, it drew me in SO rapidly I inhaled it in less than 24 hours.

Now, fantasy for me has never been one of my favourite genres. I usually find it a bit daunting learning new worlds, words and the mythology that comes with it
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Ishmeen
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everless was my last read of 2017 and boy am I grateful that I am ending the year with such a great read 🌟The world building in this story is absolutely phenomenal and so unique y'all I loved the concept of combination of time into fantasy - science fiction and fantasy are two of my favourite genres and although Everless was purely fantasy, I still enjoyed the incorporation of time into a world of queens and magic very much. A big thanks to Netgalley for offering me an ARC for one of my most ant ...more
Laura
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Imagine a world where time is used as currency, extracted from the blood in your very veins (turned into blood-iron coins). A plethora of ideas may pop into your head including the possibility of robbers in the form of bleeders to steal time from you. The world building here is fantastic as Sara Holland creates a world where the rich tax the poor, ultimately having centuries to live while the poor are continually struggling to get food on their table and pay their taxes or rent. The issue is..i ...more
Beth
Meh... The more I think about it, the more it's a 3 stars...

Mini spoiler free review.

Buddy Read with Jasmine

So... I'm just going to give a mini review because like I said, I feel so ill at the moment. The basis of the book was really interesting a persons time was represented by blood money, so often the poor would die young and the rich would live for many years. In the first few chapters a lot of information is thrown at you with different back stories and it was a lot to take in at some point
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
WHY EVERLESS MADE ME WANT TO RUN AT IT WITH A PITCHFORK

1. Cardboard cut-out characters
Jules, the heroine, is another Special Snowflake who was blind to any sort of practical reasoning, and decides to disregard everyone's advice because she thinks she knows what's best. The side-characters aren't developed AT ALL and basically have zero personality. We're always told about their characteristics, but never really shown these. *coughs* *coughs some more*



2. Typical storylines
Sure, we're given some
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Rae
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
What. A. WONDERFUL surprise. I absolutely adored this masterpiece of a novel. When I try to think of what book I want to read next, a weekly occurrence, I immediately think back to this story time after time after time. I read this the first week it came out, yet I’ve been backlogged horribly on time with which to write a review it so rightfully deserves (I was sick, then husband, then daughter-then fast forward and daughter gets it again and BLAH just TOO MUCH)…so I waited. And I waited. And I ...more
Eliza
3.5/5

This was such a unique story! Seriously. The whole idea of being able to "drink time" to live longer was something I've never read about before. So yay for originality. However, the biggest downside was how the story started slowly; however, luckily, it picked up towards the middle and end.

Since this is Sara Holland's debut novel, I'm quite impressed with her originality. Normally, all YA fantasy novels have similar qualities (an obvious romance, similar plot, characters, etc.). Not with th
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Sara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel.

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