REVIEW: 'Everless' by Sara Holland, or a pleasant way not to invent the wheel

EVERLESS, a pleasant way not to invent the wheel

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EVERLESS, a pleasant way not to invent the wheelEverless
three-starsWritten by Sara Holland
Published on January 4th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
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Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire - a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

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.

Time is running out, blood sacrifices are demanded and YA tropes are flooding… Yup, you guessed it. It’s that kind of a review for Everless by Sara Holland.

three-stars

FLAME IN THE MIST, very little fantasy, very much instalove

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FLAME IN THE MIST, very little fantasy, very much instaloveFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)
three-starsWritten by Renee Ahdieh
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Published on May 16th 2017
Genres: Fairy tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 393

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

A Mulan-inspired book written by a woman of colour? Flame in the Mist was an instant read for me!

three-stars

REBEL OF THE SANDS, fast pace and islamophobia

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REBEL OF THE SANDS, fast pace and islamophobiaRebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)
three-starsWritten by Alwyn Hamilton
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Published on March 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 314
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She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

With her first novel, Alwyn Hamilton sends us to a fantastic land of deserts and demons, magic and rebellion. Rebel of the Sands is one of those very rare books I couldn’t put down until I reached the last page… but that probably needed some work on the mythology and a good sensitivity reader.

three-stars