The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Series: Everless #2
Author: Sara Holland
Publication Date: December 31, 2018
My Rating: ★★★★
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a review copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
1) Everless: ★★★★★
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
The fate of Sepera is tied to yours…
If you die, we are all lost.
Content Warning: Guilt, Grief, Loss/Death, Greed
I have to admit, the first quarter of this book, possibly the first half, had me nervous. I felt like the plot kept circling around. Perhaps it was intentional, seeing how time mimics the same pattern. Even so, it felt somewhat redundant in nature. I thought Evermore had a case of second-book syndrome. The further I went on, however, I found that my worries were ill-informed. This book was simply beautiful.
I’ve had eleven chances to defeat the Sorceress, and failed every time. That as far as we know, this is the Alchemist’s final chance.
This book, actually included everything that I had hoped for. The budding romance at the end of Everless never took front and center. The lore of the fox and the snake, the Sorceress and Alchemist are basically the only focus in this book. Their story is fully dissected throughout the plot, answering any questions that Everless may have created, as in, why the fox and the snake?
”I’ve always thought that maybe if we know the past, we can change the future. But you, Jules, are in a unique position to do exactly that.”
There are several themes throughout this plot, but the main one is pure friendship. I say pure friendship because everything about this series reflects what unadulterated friendship looks like. It is definitely heart-breaking. But what isn’t heartbreaking about honesty, truth, and putting another before oneself? There will be sacrifice.
Too late, the Sorceress realized that the Alchemist had indeed tricked her–he had stolen her heart.
I feel like the depths of this book are endless. It offers so much for the reader to ponder. It is so much so, that I fear some people may miss it’s true meaning at heart. I advise to read this book slowly, and let it sink in, especially the end! Of course, this book may not suit everyone, but it’s definitely worth reading!
After all of that, I believe the ending could have had more, and didn’t need to end where it did. But, I felt that it ended in a way that best suited its purpose…as vague as that sounds. Without wanting to give anything away, I will say that I wish the ending had been drawn out a bit more, and had, maybe, some more explanation in general. It is for this reason alone that I’m giving Evermore four stars, instead of five. But don’t let that discourage you–this duology is truly one of the best I’ve read!
Sexual content: Minimal.
Violence: Moderate, as topics like death arise.
My Rating: ★★★★
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