Review | Evermore

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Title: Evermore
Series Details: Everless #2
Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 31, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts-01

Before anything else, let’s take a moment to really appreciate that stunning cover. So beautiful! So grand-looking and magical. It’s a crying shame that the story wasn’t as gorgeous. It’s kind of deceiving, like the apple that put Snow White into a deep sleep—delicious-looking but something she shouldn’t have eaten.

Everless was such an enjoyable journey. It had everything from a unique concept to duplicitous characters. From shocking twists to the “barely there” but tantalizing romance. With a clear promise of an epic fight and a budding romance oozing with chemistry dangling at the end, who wouldn’t want to grab the next book?

But Evermore is so far from what I’ve been hoping for. Sadly, this book abandoned everything that made this series unique. While I love Jules’s fighting spirit, her journey towards rediscovering and piecing together the memories from her past lives was a struggle to read. The flashbacks and visions she had sometimes doesn’t make sense and only caused confusion. It became repetitive, made a mess of the plot, and overshadowed the most interesting part of the story—the morbid idea of someone’s time being drawn out of them through blood to be used as currency.

This book put so much focus on Jules’s endless travels as she tries to find a hidden weapon that could kill the Sorceress. Everything else lacks the much needed attention. Characters died without drawing emotions. Rifts between characters were too easily solved. I mean, I’m all about forgiving others, but there’s no way one can forgive the person who you thought murdered your mother and your fiancé as quickly as Ina does. The romance took a big jump from slow-burn and promising to “Oh, they’re madly in love now?” right at the beginning of this book. I was hoping to see a romance developing nicely here so it’s a real bummer that everything seems to have already happened off-page.

“People never realize how many secrets a book can contain.”

I did hope for the magic to be expanded upon in this book. Jules’s journey and her constant visions of the past takes us centuries back, showing us bits of Sempera’s history, the origin of its magic, and how blood iron came to be. But it just lack the grip and the myth that makes it all interesting. It’s disappointing and largely unsatisfying knowing that magic has been given the most focus in this book.

You think you’ve heard the worst of it, but no. The final battle between arch enemies—Jules and Caro—is the most underwhelming fight I’ve read so far this year. I wished it was longer than a couple of pages. For a chase that have been going on for centuries and had cost so many innocent lives, their fight sure was brief, dull, and weak. Like it was written in haste. Totally not a good payoff, to be honest.

Evermore is miles away from what I’d been hoping for since finishing Everless. It was just not as strong and certainly not as immersing as its predecessor. I missed the intense plot twists and the bits of mystery around the characters. This one just lacks the hold that Everless had on me. I hate to say this, but that gorgeous cover deserves a more interesting story.

Two Star Rating-01

 

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