Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review - Evermore (Everless, #2) by Sara Holland

Title: Evermore (Everless, #2)
Author: Sara Holland
Pages: 352
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 31st December 2018

Blurb from Goodreads:
Return to the intoxicating land of Sempera, where the rich live for centuries and the poor bleed time to pay for a loaf of bread. At the end of Everless, Jules Ember discovers the truth behind her ability to manipulate time - and her link to the ancient myth that defines the kingdom and its violent history. Can the Alchemist overcome the Sorceress once and for all?

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

- Contains spoilers for Everless (Book 1) -

After discovering the shocking truth about herself and her powers, Jules must evade the evil Sorceress and find a way to stop her once and for all.
Is there any truth to the rumour of a weapon able to kill the Sorceress?
Will the returning memories of Jules' past lives provide any clues?

It isn't often that I enjoy a sequel more than the first book in a series, and I definitely didn't enjoy Evermore as much as Everless.
I liked Jules as a character. She had been through a lot and being on the run would be so stressful.
The romance wasn't one of my favourites that I've ever read, but I didn't dislike it.
The concept of blood-iron coins is one of my favourite things about the duology.
I enjoyed finding out Jules' past lives and her origins as the Alchemist, but it did become a bit repetitive after a while. The memories took up a lot of the plot and I feel like a lot more could have happened in-between them, and that Evermore didn't quite reach its potential.
The writing was easy to follow most of the time, but some of the sentences could have done with being reworked so that they flowed easier - however, these might have been changed for the finished, published book. There were also a couple of times where I missed something and had to go back.
Unfortunately, Evermore was a bit of a disappointing read for me, but I would be interested in returning to the world of Sempera.

Overall this was a mostly enjoyable, but slightly disappointing read.


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