Het meisje en de alchemist
De familie Gerling is rijk: ze hebben tijd in overvloed door de hoge belastingen die ze eisen van de arme bevolking. En niemand haat hen meer dan Jules Ember. Toen ze klein was, woonde ze met haar vader op Everless, het landgoed van de Gerl ...more
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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, ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
Every so often I find a book that I simultaneously want to shove at everyone I see, yet also keep hidden & secret... because I just love it SO MUCH? I really don't have the right words to explain how much I adored this entire story. It's easily one of the best YA fantasy books I've ever read and totally a new favorite!
Jules lives in a world where time is drawn from blood and forged into the currency of blood-iron coins, which the wealthy drink to live longer. Th ...more
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?
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 al ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 bl ...more
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 ...more
+ 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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.”
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 hel ...more
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 ✨
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
I was so invested in what i ...more
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 )
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 t ...more
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 ...more
***Thoughts now that I’ve simmered down a little and my brain works***
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The twists and turns kept coming. There were several interest ...more
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