BEFORE THIS CONTINUES: THIS POST AND REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR EVERLESS BY SARA HOLLAND
The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestseller, Everless!
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
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. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
I’m honestly at a loss to review this. Like, I have no words. But I’m going to try, so we’ll see how this goes. This book is the perfect follow up to Everless. If Everless tore my heart out, this book crushed it, stomped on it, and rolled it in broken glass, then shoved it back into my chest. Am I being a little dramatic, maybe? I’M NOT EXAGGERATING YALL. Not being over dramatic. THISSSS BOOK.
The writing style of this is glorious. All at once at has the feel of an old magical fairytale, a heart pounding ya fantasy, and it just feels beautiful and magical and shattered.
This book handles the whole “suddenly revealed that mc is an old magical being or princess or something and she didn’t know it” really well. SARAH J MAAS, TAKE NOTES. I really love how this book deals with it because rather than having her suddenly change personalities and go by a new name(*cough*aelinashryver*cough*), Jules is still… Jules. She also Antonia, and the Alchemist, but she’s still the character we feel in love with in Everless.
Can I just say I LOVE the magic system in this story? The idea of time magic is just amazing, honestly, and the blood iron system is something I’ve never seen anything even remotely like in any story. Blood magic isn’t new, but this currency, time style of it is completely original and so absolutely interesting.
Ahem. *taps mic* is this thing on? We all know my obsession with slow burn romances. I love reading them, writing them, watching them…. it’s an addiction(one I’m completely fine with, no issues here! xD) WELL THIS HAS A SLOWBURN ROMANCE THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF(probably in slow motion, tbh) I am OBSESSED. it’s just like an unspoken connection. Everyone can see it, even them probably but they literally ignore it on purpose for most of the story. Can you say denial?? It’s so slow burn but so satisfying when all the hours of reading and shipping FINALLY pay off. SO. FREAKING. SATISFYING. This book also does changing the love interest in the second book so so so we’ll (SARAH J MAAS, LEGIT, START TAKING NOTES. NOT EVEN KIDDING TBH)
I loved loved loved loved loved all the different friendships in this. There’s Ina, and Amma, and Liam, and Elias, and then there’s friends from Everless that aren’t in the book but they’re not like suddenly forgotten now that so much has changed for Jules (*cough*sarahjmaasplstakenotes*cough*)
This book handles amnesia so well too! Rather than just having it go like normal fantasy novel character amnesia goes, Sara Holland makes Jules really fight to remember anything, and while Jules isn’t an unreliable narrator, she’s very driven by strong emotion(wow me too ayyy), so there are moments and chapters of frustration of fear and sometimes it feels very much like an unreliable narrator(best of both worlds wow)
There’s so much depth and complexity to the villain and the relationship between Caro and Jules. It’s not just black and white, like she’s evil and Jules is good. There’s so much more there, so much the unpack. And by the way, the ending scenes are absolutely beautiful.
There’s usually a portion of a review of a sequel where I compare the second book to the first, to see how it measures up. That’s so hard to do with this one, because both books are so completely different. The first book was like the tip of this iceberg, this book IS the iceberg. It’s stunning and well written and driven and romantic and soul crushing and just really really really great OKAY
there’s also so much pain in this. Like wow, Sara Holland DID NOT hold back. Not a freaking smidge. LIKE WOW. I may have cried.
This book is an absolute stunner. It’s beautifully written and (IT WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT) has the feel of a classic fairytale with a modern YA spin. It’s amazing, and you absolutely have to read it(so you can be in pain with me ahahaha)
What’s the best sequel you’ve ever read? Like, one that was even better than the book before it?? Let’s chat!