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. (From Goodreads)
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I rate this a 5 out of 5 stars.
Typically, I am not a YA fantasy reader, my number one pet peeve in them is the names, the crazy, bizarre, mashed-up ones that you cannot even pronounce. For me it messes up the fluidity of reading for me. This book however has none of that. Nice normal names, thank goodness. I want to add, that I haven’t had much luck lately with my YA book choices. Until this one, it totally re-ignited my love of YA. I mean really good YA.
Also in fantasy and a majority of YA is the main character, never realizes shes beautiful, never knew she was different, etc. Sara Holland wrote outside of the typical YA box. There was zero mention of how Jules thought she looked, whether it was ugly or beautiful. Jules knew she was different, and she was strong, and level-headed about it. She was not a weak character that depended on the people around her. It was so refreshing to read!
The writing in this book was amazing, the world building was so crystal clear that I had no issue imagining Everless, or the people who inhabited the pages of the book. There were quite a few characters that I was rather fond of, one being named Liam, I loved him from the first time he was introduced in the book. I knew that whether he was bad or good, he is a character that I was going to enjoy. He brought something stellar to this story. And the main character Jules is exactly what the world of YA needs, and I cannot wait to follow this series. I can only hope that it doesn’t take too long for book #2 to come out.
The prose of this book is so unique, and remarkable. The idea time is money, and that you pay for things by being bled, is crazy creative, something so new and fresh, and not been overdone.
I am so glad that this is the last book I read in 2017, I am ending this year on a serious high note!
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is money–extracted from blood, traded in coins, and taxed to the hilt