Evermore by Sara Holland
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: December 31, 2018
Page Count: 368
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: She 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. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.
“Don’t you know, Jules? Everything worth doing is dangerous.”
After reading Sara’s debut novel, I knew Evermore would be at the top of my most anticipated TBR list. There was no way I’d let this sequel pass me by, especially with that whiplash plot twist Sara threw at her readers. So even though I love the journey she takes us on, I feel a bit let down.
Sara is a natural born storyteller. She weaves tales, from past to present, to plot out intriguing worlds. So it pains me to say that I’m disappointed with how the finale turns out. I hate writing this sort of review because I know how difficult creating a novel truly is. Sometimes, though, a sequel simply falls into the second book syndrome and doesn’t carve its own path to originality.
The concept of blood currency takes precedence in Everless. That aspect seems as if it doesn’t matter in the sequel though. And I felt that loss. I wanted to explore more about it. Unfortunately, some stories fall into repetitive writing, which drains the thrill in reading. Throughout each chapter, I asked when the plot twist will pop up or if characters will stop making the same mistakes.
Jules Ember, our quiet yet fierce leading lady, must come to terms with her past, her multiple pasts where she is the Alchemist. After watching Caro, the Sorceress, murder the queen and Roan Gerling, she races against time to put an end to her old friend turned enemy. I loved Jules in the first book. Even though she is reserved, she has an air of power to her. But in Evermore, she loses most of that strength. I loved how vulnerable she is, especially toward Liam Gerling, who she thought she hated.
Now Liam, though, is one character who I loved to watch evolve into his own. While I was suspicious of him in Everless, he may have turned into a fascinating secondary character. Onto Caro, she is a formidable antagonist. Her backstory and progression in the series are exciting to watch.
I always enjoy a storyline that focuses on lore. Evermore is rich in mythology and secrets. And it offers a better understanding as to why Caro despises Jules. Finally, you get to see what triggers the Sorceress into killing the Alchemist and why she is hellbent on breaking the latter’s heart. But the mythology may be the only aspect of the book that kept me reading though. I struggled in places where I shouldn’t have. And I’m still not sure if I like the ending.
Even though my review is more negative than positive, I must commend Sara for pulling off an outstanding performance with her debut series. She is one author who I’ll keep my eye on and hope to see what else she has planned. Perhaps you’ll enjoy this read more than me. But I’d say take a chance if you loved Everless.