review and cover mani: into the hourglass

The back jacket, from Goodreads:

In the second book in The Evermore Chronicles by Emily R. King, Everley Donovan plunges into the roiling waves of a strange new world to hunt a wicked prince who cheated time.

Everley Donovan’s mission: retrieve the hallowed sword of Avelyn stolen by the wicked Prince Killian, who slayed her family and left her for dead. Should she fail, the seven worlds will come to an end, as could time itself. And no one treasures time more than Everley, whose lifesaving clock heart cannot beat forever. She has set sail with a rogue crew for the otherworlds, where the key to dethroning the prince lies deep within the Land Under the Wave.

But passage through these unknown seas—where horrors lurk and pirates rove—proves a treacherous gamble. The Land Under the Wave was not made for humans, particularly one with a fragile clock heart. Here, Everley’s tragic past resurfaces unsolved questions. Here, too, the prince has hidden secrets more precious than pearls, secrets that could fracture the future forevermore. Everley must take back her sword and break free from this watery world before her time runs out…or so will everyone else’s.


INTO THE HOURGLASS is book 2 of The Evermore Chronicles, so this review will be scant on details. Instead, I shall strive to convince you to read not only this book, but also BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR. And the best part? Once I’ve successfully peer pressured you to reserve them at your library and/or order them from a bookstore, you won’t have to wait long for the conclusion because EVERAFTER SONG is slated for December of this year.

THAT’S RIGHT, FRIENDS. It means this ENTIRE SERIES will have been released in 2019. Sorcery and witchcraft, how does Emily R. King do it? Also, PLEASE NEVER STOP GAH I CAN’T STOP SCREAMING.

Jacket design by Kirk DouPonce, DogEared Design

I read a fair amount of YA fantasy because I love high stakes and the ferocity of teenagers. Seriously, teens are badasses and anybody who says anything different has never met an actual teenager. They’re passionate, driven and unpredictable, and teen girls in particular possess a fierceness that could legit run the world, which makes for excellent reading set in far away lands. In The Evermore Chronicles, Everley is all that and more, with the added twist of having a clock for a heart. Yes, a clock. For a heart. Because magic is connected with time in this series, and Everley the key to it all. 

Through adventures galore, a slow-burn romance very much à la Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe (which, ahem, I do NOT say lightly), sword fights and petticoats, superbly unique world-building, and high stakes everything, I am completely obsessed. This series hasn’t been getting NEARLY enough attention, hence WHY I AM SCREAMING OMG READ THEM ALL THIS VERY INSTANT. Especially if you’re the sort of reader who doesn’t get surprised anymore. You will NEVER be able to guess where this wild plot goes next, so prepare to have your jaw drop. Also, each supporting character is well rounded with personality galore, plus there are mermaids, giants, elves, and a host of other magical creatures. Oh yeah, I’m gonna need some Netflix or film adaptations STAT because if I don’t get a visual depiction of a sea hag living in a lair filled with house cats (yes I included one minor spoiler to demonstrate how quirky and amazing this series is), I fear I may die. Five stars all the way, I can’t wait for EVERAFTER SONG!!

Big thanks to Thomas Allen & Son for a finished copy!


For this mani, I used:

OPI – I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, Red My Fortune Cookie, matte topcoat

China Glaze – There She Rose, Four Leaf Clover, I Got a Blue Attitude, Saved by the Bluebell, Foie Gras, Born to Rule, Ingrid

ORLY – Makeup to Breakup and Skinny Dip

Essie – Bermuda Shorts

FingerPaints – Paper Mache and Black Expressionism

Picture polish – marine, chillax, instinct

So Nailicious – warrior brush


  1. LOVE this one!! The blues really pop and the hourglass and bubble look amazing!

    1. Yay!! Thanks so much, Elyse! I looooove painting water so this one was a lot of fun!

  2. You have been finding awesome place to take your book photo's at.


    1. Thanks, Amy! Of course I had to bring a book with me to Niagara Falls, and this one suits the scenery so well. :)


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