In a land where time is used as currency, the rich live for centuries while the poor bleed themselves dry. For Jules and her father, every day is a struggle. To stop her father from draining away the rest of his life, Jules takes a job at Everless, a grand estate owned by the rich and cruel Gerling family. Once there, Jules discovers secrets she never could have imagined and learns that friends and enemies are sometimes difficult to tell apart.
I liked the concept of time being used as currency and, although this is definitely not the first time I’ve come across that idea, this is probably the most effectively I’ve seen it executed. The characters and world-building are classic YA-fantasy perfection, complete with evil royalty, family secrets and a budding hate-to-love storyline.
Probably the only aspect of this book that I didn’t like was Jules’ absolute determination to go against everything her father ever told her, and her decision to do the one thing that he gave his life to ask her not to do. The poor man literally died telling her to stay away from the queen, so what does she do? Obviously she nabs herself the job as close to the queen as possible. Girl, come on.
The plot moves quite fast and immersion into the story is excellent. I’m looking forward to Book #2. All I want is a little bit more from Liam (my favourite character is, of course, the bad guy).
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.