Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved this book! The setting at the beginning sort of reminded me of a mixture of Red Queen and The Hunger Games, and I did worry in case Everless was just going to be another typical YA fantasy. But I needn’t have worried because this book can definitely hold its own!
The main thing I loved about Everless was the idea of their currency being made from a person’s lifetime; the amount of time a person has in their life is extracted from their blood, and turned into blood-Iron coins, which can represent an hour, a month, a year of someone’s life.
Sort of takes the phrase “blood money” quite literally, doesn’t it?
And the rich people of Jules’s world can actually melt the blood-iron coins down in their tea to add time onto their life. And if you aren’t rich? You use your own time to pay your taxes, cutting short your life.
It’s fucking wild. And a bit scary. But wild.
That concept alone gave this book two stars; add in brilliant writing, a strong female MC and a good amount of twists and turns, and we’re good to go.
While there isn’t really any romance in this book, I think it’s set up nicely for book two. All I’m saying is that I’m a total sucker for a brooder *wink wink*.
Jules is definitely the main focus of Everless. She’s so focused and determined, journeying through her grief to find out more about who she is, what her abilities mean, and where she came from. She’s also fiercely loyal (even if it is to the wrong person and I WAS FUCKING SHOUTING AT HER BECAUSE IT WAS SO OBVIOUS). I can’t wait to see her character growth in book two!
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book*