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.
Everless follows 17 year old Jules on her journey to find herself and through losing pretty much everything she cares about. This book is not easy on her at all. She's got a hard life. Something else I must admit, the premise is better than the execution. I enjoyed this story, don't get me wrong! It's just... to me, the hype hurt this book. I expected more with how everyone was raving about it. It really lags in the middle and nothing really happens until the last 40-50 pages (give or take).
The world building was fantastic. Top notch for sure. Jules is very well developed but some of the other characters I thought fell flat, namely Roan. He was so under used and then when he died I felt nothing... he was just some character we barely cared about and he died. So what?
Honestly, it seemed that with Everless that the females more so much more developed than the males. Liam wasn't badly developed but there could've been more. Her father was the only one that was even half way fleshed out for a male.
Maybe we will see more of that in book two. Who knows. All in all, not a bad book but not great. If you can push through the boring stuff in the middle and get to the end, you'll enjoy it.