Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
This book was such a treat! I was surprised at how quickly I found myself completely immersed in Jules’ story. I kept expecting to lift my face from the pages and find myself in the halls of Everless. (Sadly, it never happened.)
One of my favorite aspects of this teen fantasy was how fresh it felt. It wasn’t the same old storyline with different faces. I loved this idea that time is currency and it’s in your blood. The stakes are constantly very high, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it.
And, of course, I loved the characters. Well, not all of them. I kind of hated some of them, but I loved that Holland made me feel such strong emotions toward everyone. That always makes a book stand out for me: a strong emotional reaction to the characters and storyline.
So, yes, you need to read this book. Every time I sat down to read it I lost track of everything going on around me. And now I’m crying inside because I’ll have to wait until 2019 to read the next installment and find out what happens next. Because this one ends with a killer cliff hanger.
P.S. I loved this book so hard that I went out and bought a copy despite having the arc. It’s a must-own gorgeous piece of fiction. Have I mentioned that I think you should read it? 😉
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️