“We have to believe we can change the future. Otherwise, what’s the point of anything?”
Rating: 2/5 stars
Release Date: December 31, 2018
Thank you HarperTeen for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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.
Yikes! I was really looking forward to this one and it was just not what I was expecting. Everless, was one of the first books I ever reviewed on my blog and I absolutely adored the book. You can find my review HERE. (Please excuse my fetus post with terrible formatting, it was literally my second post ever on here 😭) It’s really not a surprise then after loving the first one that I would be eagerly awaiting Evermore to come out, and it’s not that I was expecting so much from the sequel, but I wasn’t expecting so little either.
Here’s what I liked:
- Liam being extremely present in this. I was nervous with the way that Everless ended that Liam would basically be out of the picture for this one, but that is most definitely not the case. He’s what I’m here for.
- I enjoyed Sarah Hollands writing style in Everless and I still did in Evermore. It carries over nicely, but sometimes the writing just can’t carry the story on it’s back.
Here’s what went wrong for me:
- In Everless the concept of the plot – blood is time, time is money – is heavily discussed and emphasized. Which was a really cool concept that set this apart from other YA fantasy novels. However, in Evermore, the concept is not mentioned or emphasized in the same way. And I understand Jules is laying low and trying to go through her memories to figure out how to defeat her enemy, but this awesome concept that the story was built on is hardly present anymore.
- The plot is also extremely repetitive in this one. Without giving away much that happens in Everless, this book picks up close to where book one ends. Jules is dealing with the heavy revelations she found out about herself and now has to figure out how to defeat her enemy by visiting memories from her previous lives. Which sounds interesting enough, but this was basically what almost 60 percent of this book was. Jules asking herself the same questions, traveling to a new destination, having a That’s so Raven flashback, AND REPEAT.
- Everless was filled to the brim with plot twists, this one had so few it felt like reading a different series.
- The ending was so mediocre it hurt. I was expecting this epic giant battle to take place while Jules was fighting her enemy, but nooooope. Not even close. The ending of this book would have been sufficient enough if this book was a standalone. However, the fact that this is now the second book, UGH. It just could have been so much better.
Don’t you know, Jules? Everything worth doing is dangerous.
People forget in order to survive.
The only way to kill pure evil is with pure love.
All in all, I’m going to have to say this one definitely suffers from Second Book Syndrome and I totally wish it wasn’t the case, but here we are. Hopefully other reader’s will enjoy it more than I did.
Until next time,