Rating: 3/5 stars
Genre: YA, fantasy
First published: 2018
Author: Sara Holland
Synopsis: In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.
I’m not going to lie, I really enjoyed this book. It was predictable, it wasn’t really original, the characters were pretty 2 dimensional and tropey. But I really enjoyed it. It was easy and quick to read, and the world was just interesting enough that I didn’t mind the predictability. I still wanted to read even though I knew what would happen. I think I was just in the right mood to read this book.
My favourite thing about this was by far the world and time magic. It was a cool concept and I thought it was implemented well. I just found the description of how the time currency worked to be very visual and I really liked it. It was cool and different.
Unfortunately, that’s about as much as was cool and different. The characters were 98% trope, not very well developed at all. I knew how they would act, what they would do and say because they were just stereotypes. Having said that, I didn’t hate them. Jules didn’t annoy me, I didn’t love her, but I didn’t hate her either. I liked the love interest despite him being a total stereotype. But I guess he’s just a stereotype that I don’t find annoying and while I didn’t love him, I don’t mind him. And I liked that while it’s heavily implied that they will end up together, they don’t actually in this one. So that’s a plus.
The story was, again, predictable but enjoyable. There was no subtlety in setting it up, there was not any surprising plot twist, but it wasn’t boring. There were some cool elements that I really enjoyed reading and the rest of it was just fast paced and fun to read.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and I might continue with the series. If you go into this expecting something unique and well written and amazing, you will be disappointed. But if you go into it looking for some fun YA trash, I think you’ll enjoy it.