I really enjoyed Sara Holland’s Everless, though you wouldn’t know it considering I waited five months after the sequel’s publication to continue with the series. Honestly, I’m glad I waited so long between book one and two because the way I feel about Everless wasn’t too negatively impacted by how much I didn’t like Evermore.
The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestseller, Everless!
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.
I skimmed so much of this book because it was so boring! Everless captivated me with the blood/time magic, the moving plot, and the twists around every corner. In comparison, Evermore is so dull. There’s really no better way to put it.
There seems to be little plot other than running away and hiding, crying, blushing, and…that’s about it. I was expecting, I don’t know, something more interesting than that. There was so little to the plot (and characters) that I ended up skimming the majority of the scenes without dialogue to move things along.
The characters don’t have as much depth as they seemed to in book one. In particular I was suuuper disappointed with Liam’s character. I had such high hopes for him at the end of book one and I was definitely let down throughout all of book two. Are we really expected to believe he would just stand around blushing whenever Jules is nearby?? Really?? He just suddenly goes from being the master of emotional deception to being a blushing idiot around a girl he likes?? Did I add enough question marks to convey just how little this makes sense to me?! Jules honestly wasn’t much better. She spent the majority of the book feeling bad about herself and crying. Seriously, she seemed to be crying every couple of pages. I understand that she has been through a lot but for reals, there’s a time where you have to start dealing with your conflicts and becoming a stronger character. This just didn’t happen. Like, at all.
The only interesting part of this book was the Sorceress and Alchemist storyline. I really like how the author developed this arc of the story and really made it interesting and creative. Seeing the original Sorceress and Alchemist in Jules’s memories was a good way to draw us into the history without it sounding like a history lecture. It was also one of the only things that kept the plot moving, so bonus points for that I guess. Besides introducing some pacing, this aspect of the story was the most interesting. I actually felt closer to the original Alchemist and Sorceress characters than I did to any of our present-day characters.
Honestly, I would still recommend book one but I didn’t think book two did the first any justice. Everless was new, exciting, interesting, and driven. Evermore was slow, boring, and didn’t really introduce anything new or expand much to the world created in Everless. Probably one of the more disappointing sequels I’ve read recently.