Review: Evermore by Sara Holland

Evermore by Sara Holland
Published by Blossom Books on January 20th 2019
Dutch edition
304 pages

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.

If there is one book I’ve been extremely excited about, it is Evermore by Sara Holland. The sequel to Everless; my absolute favourite book of 2018. I’ve been wanting to read the sequel SO BAD ever since I finished Everless and I have finally been able to read it. So here is my review. I’m going to be blunt here, I expected so so much of this sequel but to be quite honest it didn’t really match my expectations.

Hold your horses, it’s not a bad book. Not at all! And it is definitely a book worth to read. But, and this is a big but, I simply expected more. And asking around, I found that I’m not the only person who felt that way. My main problem with this book is that I feel like the author tried to put too much into one book. I honestly believe this could have been so much better if it would have been a trilogy. I think this world, this story definitely calls for another book. Now it just felt rushed, especially near the ending. It all happened so quickly, it was over in a heartbeat and it left me a bit confused. Like, what the bloody hell just happened?! And then all of a sudden it was just over. Finished. The book was a bit slow, almost all the way through, and then near the ending it just became a whirlwind. I wish it would have been spread out a bit more.

Ok, let’s take it down a notch. Because I did like this book guys. It’s not all gloomy over here. I gave it 4 stars, I wouldn’t give it such a high rating if I didn’t enjoy it. Because even though this book wasn’t what I hoped it’d be, it was still a very nice read. I love the world, I love the idea of blood/time as currency (in fiction, not in real life…) and I love the characters. So that on its own already made this a great read for me. The most positive thing about this sequel for me is probably that we got to learn a little bit more about the history of Sempera and what all went down before. We learn more about Jules and how she became the Alchemist, but we also learn more about the Sorceress and why she does what she does – need to keep it a bit vague here, spoilers and all… I really liked that this book goes a little bit more in-depth than Everless did.

I’m just a bit sad that my most anticipated read of 2019 turned out to be a little bit less than I thought it would be. Still, if you loved Everless, go and read this book! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Maybe just try to temper your expectations just a tiny bit though before you read it.

In other news, this week Sara Holland reveals that there’s another book on the way. It doesn’t have anything to do with Everless, but I am quite excited that we’re going to get more books from this author. The book is called Havenfall, and is supposed to be a gothic fantasy. I personally can not wait to read this book. It’s a bummer that we’re going to have to wait till early 2020… that’s right, 2020. That’s a long time coming.

Have you read Evermore? I’d love to know your thoughts!

*This book was kindly gifted to me by the Dutch publisher Blossom Books

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