First off I want to say this isn’t a post hating on this book. I’m a huge fan of Sara’s books. This is just my opinion.
I couldn’t wait to get this book as I read the first one, Everless, last year and absolutely loved it. It made it to one of my favourite reads of the year. However, while I was completely gripped by the sequel, it wasn’t quite a five-star read for me. I don’t know it just didn’t get me the first book did.
Evermore is very much a sequel to Everless and won’t make sense to anyone who hasn’t read the first book. It wasn’t that long ago since I read Everless but I struggled to remember what happened in the first book. I missed Roan alot in this book.
Many centuries ago, the people of Sempera learned to turn their blood into ‘blood iron’ coins that can be dissolved and drunk to extend life. Now the poor work and pawn their valuables for blood iron, and die young, and the rich live forever. This is very much about Jules discovering her true self and the secrets to her past which have been forgotton in her memory.
Evermore is a very fast read, with Jules constantly on the run for her life while at the same time trying to find a way to kill the villain. I loved the first book, I loved getting to know the characters. I especially loved Liam and Roan but all we had was Liam in this book and I felt the loss throughout. Although Liam is a good character it felt like he wasn’t really important and was just stuck in as a side story.
I think the problem is that there is not enough depth to the story. The dangers Jules faces are rushed through and I never felt she was in peril. We never get to know any of the other characters, even the love interest; they are just names on the page. There is a high price on Jules’s head, yet she trusts everyone she meets even so much that she just hands over her most treasured possession to someone she’s just met.
This all sounds negative but I did enjoy the story and I’m happy to give it four stars.