Author: Sara Holland
Pages: 368 pages
Release Date: 31st of December 2018
My Rating: 2/5
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.
- REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Everless was one of my least favourite reads of 2018, yet despite the fact that I didn’t like it, the premise was interesting enough to make me want to read the sequel, Evermore. (You can find my Everless review here) Before I could actually jump into Evermore, I had to read a very intensive recap of Everless. I had forgotten a lot, the only thing I actually remembered was that I loved Liam.
In the beginning, I was actually surprised by the fact that I was enjoying this book. The first 100 pages or so were full of action, new information was being given and I was excited to see how it’d all unfold. I was grateful Jules wasn’t immediately good at using and controlling her power. But then, the book promptly stopped being interesting and Jules went back to annoying me.
Everything quickly began to become repetitive and boring. We got a few answers to some questions, but often they were vague, confusing and boring answers. And most of Jules’ journey discovering her past lives as the Alchemist was actually spent with her pinning after Liam. She wanted to be with him but feared he’d get hurt because she liked him so she’d push him away. Again. Without an explanation . . . ugh, it got old very fast because it was basically the same thing every chapter. *eye roll*
By the 200 page mark, I couldn’t wait for it to be over, and I started to skim the book. Much like in Everless, I found the writing to be very average and Jules was even more annoying than before. All the characters felt very two dimensional and devoid of any personality. Even Liam, who I loved dearly in book one, became bland and insufferable. It felt like he was such a different character in this book. Every plot twist was predictable and the ending came around so abruptly. It felt forced and the conclusion was not a very conclusive one.
Overall, I was very disappointed by this book. It started out fantastic, but sadly, it didn’t hold up for me as it progressed. I really wanted to like this one because I love the idea behind the premise, but it just didn’t hit the mark for me.