The best thing, for me, about Everless, is that it didn’t focus on a romance. Honestly, that’s usually what draws me into YA Fantasy books, it’s that kind of first all encompassing love and passion and the fight of people being together and whilst I think a bit of love and passion might evolve through the story it’s very clear from the get go that it’s not the focus.
I love the magical element in Everless which was so full of twists and turns that I just didn’t really see coming at all. It’s a great read, quite different from some of the other YA books out there and really emotive driven. The main protagonist in the story, Jules, is very driven and has such a strong moral and ethical code when it comes to helping others and putting other people first which is nice to read in a character and makes her really likeable. She’s also very curious and seems to be drawn to a little bit of danger.
Everless does throw up a bit of self identity and self discovery which is really what being 17 is all about. I always found 17 an odd age between being a teenager and, technically, a young adult with all my legal rights just out of my grasp. I think that’s what makes it really interesting and different actually because it just steps away from that focus on relationships and steps more into that inner battle of stepping out of being a child and coming into being an adult. It’s got the balance down throughout the narrative really, really well.
I was a little skeptical at first because the blurb did describe Everless as a book I wouldn’t usually pick up to read but I’m very glad I did and I would recommend anyone that is drawn into fantasy fiction to give this one a read. I’ve just moved onto the sequel which came out in January and so far, so good – it’s a great follow on that I can’t wait to share.
One of my goals for 2020 is to read 52 books or around one a week. Some might be new, some are ones I’ve had for a while or been meaning to read, some I haven’t quite finished yet and some will be recommendations from others. You can see all the books I’ve read so far on my Good Reads 2020 Reading Challenge.