Evermore (Everless, #2)by Sara Holland Published 31 Dec 2018
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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.
"Evermore (Everless, #2)" Reviews
Ah! This was everything I wanted.
First - a special thanks to the publishers for sending me this arc! I recently received some fun goodies such as character cards/etc that I'll be showing off on my Instagram (link below) very soon, so stay tuned! Pst... they are gorgeous!
Light spoilers for book one. Beware!
I was super excited when this landed in my mail - but also a bit nervous, because I wasn't sure where the story was going. I had such high hopes after L O V I N G the first book. That happens to me often, where I'll get super attached to the first book in a series, and my heart feels like I've leap off the edge of a cliff when I dive into the second. So, naturally, after the whack-you-in-the-face ending of Everless, I was thrilled, and yet... my favorite character tiptoed out the door (not dead, relax). I was nervous he wouldn't even be in this one, or if he was, that he'd be more of a ghost of a character.
Dearly beloved, I am gathering you here today to announce that Liam, my dark and broody darling, is a constant presence in these pages. Yes, that's right. He's everywhere.
And I'm not complaining.
Alright, moving on. We're thrown right back into Jules world head-first, and there isn't much time to catch a breath. Jules has returned to Crofton, against a certain-beautiful-someone-who-I-mentioned-above's wishes. But Jules wants to find Amma, who we briefly met in book one. Except, a very dangerous certain-someone-else is waiting for her. I think you can all guess who. So, our dear Jules is quickly captured and thrown in prison.
But see, Jules has friends.
I'm not going to spoil anything else, but I can give you little hints of what's to come. Jules needs answers. Even though she knows the truth of her identity, she's just beginning to understand it - and she needs those answers if she's going to defeat the Sorceress. And it isn't just one past life that she has to dig through, it's twelve! Ah! Luckily, our dashing Liam happened to study all things Alchemist-related, so he's able to help. But not for everything. Jules must retrace her former selves to search for clues, and the journey isn't an easy one.
SO! You can expect blood, eerie memories, and a mad dash through time. And maybe a little somethin' somethin' else but I'm going to shut up now.
What really makes this series stand out for me personally is the super creative magic system. I'll admit that at times I got a tad lost, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it because it was all-too-cool to picture. I loved the cinematic descriptions (oh, dude, this totally should be a movie or TV series).
Which brings me to the writing! I love when a book balances on the edge between commercial and lyrical - where the pacing is fast but the writing remains lush.
And I'll leave you with that! If you were a fan of Everless and are wondering about the second - I say take the plunge!
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Can I have this book, like, NOW?!!! Why do I have to wait a YEAR for the sequel?!!! I pray to God that I can have an arc soon. A year feels like centuries (pun intended😉)! 2019 can you come already?!😫
update (1/16/18): Will this just be a duology? I see potential as a four-book series😍
update (6/13/18): HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS COVER I’M CRYING!!!!!😭😭😭
update (7/6/18): Okay but, like, THE UK COVER IS ALSO AMAZEBALLS GUYS I NEED BOTH EDITIONS IM DEAD❤️☠️☠️☠️❤️
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
“The only way to kill pure evil is with pure love”
🌟 I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue this series or not, but while I was doing my Edelweiss guide post, I wanted to give an example and thus requested this book. I was approved in literally 10 mins! So I decided to read it after all and I am glad I did!
🌟 Now many readers loved book 1 and some didn’t (I though it was like half good, half bad) because it kept being compared to the movie “In Time”. I saw many similarities in book 1 but here is where things start to get interesting, this book was more creative with better world building, better characters and twists. I felt it stands out by its own without depending on that movie or anything.
🌟 This had a more fantasy atmosphere than the Sci-fi-ish genre in book 1. I liked the improvements to the magic system and the involved mythology was better too.
🌟 The characters were good, and the plot was more interesting, I slept a few times while reading book 1 but not this one and I thought this had a perfect ending too!
🌟 I don’t know if the writing improved or if I wasn’t just in the mood while reading book 1 because I think it is pretty much decent in this one. There were a few quotes that made me go “Huh??!” (see an example below). But overall it was good.
It’s like—she gestures, searching for the word—“cutting the sky into pieces. No one knows how that magic might change you.”
🌟 Summary and Prescription: I think that this book was better in all elements of the story than book 1 and it felt more original than that one too. If you still want to give the story a chance or if you liked book 1 then I can recommend this! I ended up giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars!
There's trepidation, fear even, in the ragged breaths we exchange now. There are a hundred small and human ways he could break me. As many in which I could and probably will break him. Maybe that's what love is, maybe there's nothing to do except open my arms to it. And so I open my arms, unafraid of the thundering in his heart
The second or last book of the everless series followed the first book's ending. With Jules on the run, she ties together pieces and puzzles to destroy the sorceress. If I have to compare this to a movie it'd be like harry potter's deathly hallows part.1 where the golden trio is trying to find ways to kill voldemort. It's in ways so much better than the first book that it has non stop action and adventure. We discover more mysteries and myth as to why now is what it is.
The writing is lovely, it's lush and lyrical. The author wrote the book beautifully and I honestly give her writing a 4.5 out of 5
Finding the mystery. Figuring out the puzzle and the pieces to solve the mystery on how to kill the sorceress was fun and stimulating. You can't help but to theorize to what could be it.
Though there's not much to say in the character development, I still found Jules' character matures way much more than in the previous book.
The only things I don't like is the romance, the ending, and the world building
I felt that the romance and the ending were both rushed and that the world building was not completely laid out that I don't have a full understanding on how the world works. I feel like there are some gaps that are not filled and that there are still questions left answered
But overall a very entertaining and solid finale of a debut series
"Don't you know, Jules? Everything worth doing is dangerous."
It's no secret that Everless was one of my favorite 2018 releases and shouldn't be a surprise that I was prepared to perform dark magic to get my hands on Evermore. Luckily, HarperTeen saved us all from that catastrophe and provided me with an advanced reading copy.
Evermore begins with Jules on the run from Caro, still reeling from what she has learned about herself and grappling with her new reality. Jules struggles to choose her next path - flee or fight for the final life she has? Much of this book follows Jules on the run while she searches her past for any way to defeat the sorceress.
And of course there is Liam, our dark, dashingly intelligent antihero. I wont lie … Liam Gerling is one of the sole reasons I am here. His character was my favorite from the first book and continues to hold that title through Evermore. Liam enters the book in total Liam style and is by Jules' side for much of the book, to share what he has learned of the Alchemist's life and as a steady companion through all of Jules' searching. And maybe a little something more?
Evermore had has plenty of action, the pacing was great, the character arcs were well done and I got the romance I had been pining after. We learn quite a bit about Jules' and Caro's pasts, as well as what fueled the divide between them. Friendship was a large undertone to this story and I was really feeling the emotions near the end! Jules knows Caro is seeking her every weakness, most of all her friends - but its the help of others Jules must be willing to rely upon.
While I had hoped it would be as sweeping and mysterious as Everless, Evermore is certainly a worthy sequel and will give you all the answers you seek!
I will absolutely be reading more from Sara Holland.
Review copy provided by HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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I really wish I could say I enjoyed this as much as Everless. The ending is the strongest part of the book - nicely wrapped-up but with the lingering suggestion that there is more to the story - and yet even that couldn't save it for me.
One reviewer pointed out that this book loses the somewhat sci-fi feel of the first book and moves more towards traditional fantasy. This is true. Those who felt so-so about Everless could enjoy this more, as it does indeed read more like regular YA fantasy. I personally enjoyed this less, though. I’ve read countless fantasy books where a young woman must stop the evil tyrant, whilst accompanied by sexy dude; I didn't need another one.
In this sequel, the use of time as currency did not play much of a role in the story. I thought this was a shame, as it was the most interesting aspect of Everless for me. Holland explored how being able to buy and sell time from your life would affect people, and society at large, which I thought was fascinating. Unlike some other readers, I never saw much similarity between the first book and the movie "In Time", aside from a vaguely-similar premise.
This book turns its focus to stopping the Sorceress. Most of Evermore consists of Jules travelling around and having visions, all so that she can locate a weapon that is said to be able to kill the Sorceress. It was a struggle to get through at times. The visions grew repetitive, as did the constant brushing up against Liam and feeling chills/weird feelings that she pretends to ignore.
Note to YA fantasy heroines: You're not ignoring it if you keep bringing it up. That's not what ignoring means.
I was just really disappointed that the plot veered off, moving the focus off of the concept of a world where time is currency, and more towards the common fantasy aspects of good vs evil and destiny. An unusual - if, admittedly, not original - idea became just another clone for the pile. I even got Snow White vibes with the use of an evil sorceress, a huntsman, and stealing hearts.
I could be convinced to return to the world of this series, but I'd like to see the author go back to what made Everless stand out.
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