Book Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Posted January 20, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 10 Comments

Book Review: Evertrue by Brodi AshtonEvertrue by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27th, 2014
Genres: paranormal, retellings, young adult
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Having finally rescued Jack from the dark Tunnels of the Underworld, all Nikki wants is to be with him and for life to return to normal. But Cole tricked Nikki as they journeyed through the labyrinth of the Everneath, and now she's started turning into an Everliving just like him.Desperate to find a way to reverse the process, Nikki and Jack try everything they can think of. Even Cole becomes an unlikely ally, but for how long? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain control of the throne in the Everneath, and Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him. Together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki's fate and make her mortal once more. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld-or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

Here thar be spoilers. If ye haven’t read Everbound, read further at ye own risk.

I didn’t review Everbound, and I most likely will not be, but I do feel it was a stronger book than Evertrue, so I will just state right off that I am a little disappointed in the way this series wrapped up. It was not a bad book, by any means, but I expected more OOMPH, more power behind the words I was reading.

One thing that has always been an issue for me with this series is suspension of disbelief. I just don’t believe in an Everneath. I don’t believe in Hades, and I certainly don’t believe that Hell exists. Now I know that none of these are the same thing, but the concept is similar and I am an atheist who pretty much only believes in facts and what she can see. So for an author to convince me that something like the Everneath exists, it needs to be fantastic. Let’s just say that Everbound ALMOST convinced me. Evertrue? Not as much as its predecessor. 

The story was still there and so were the characters, which I enjoyed. Unlike most of my friends, I have always been a fan of Jack so the way he was being portrayed and developed didn’t bother me. Cole has always been self-serving and I could see through him. I am happy that his story ARC takes a different turn in this novel but I wasn’t happy about how he was just brushed aside and his personality completely changed in what I felt was an unrealistic way. 

My brain always does this really weird thing while reading this series. In my head I am always saying, “Well isn’t the convenient?” Somehow Nikki can always conjure the exact thing she needs when she needs it. Or they are able to escape from the Everneath at exactly the right moment. This happened to me a lot in this book, and way more than it happened in the other two novels.

But ultimately, Evertrue is not a bad book. It just didn’t seem to be as strong as the first books in the series were. And talking about the ending without spoiling it, oddly enough, what I wanted to happen happened. And I predicted it all from the very beginning of the book. I saw it coming, and it was what I wanted, but it let me down anyway. It just felt anticlimactic and didn’t do much to bring out the emotions that I thought it would pull out of me. This was sad because it SHOULD have done that, and I don’t know why it did. Brodi Ashton’s writing style is fine but I’ve never emotionally connected to it, and I think that might be the reason. 

And you know, I know I am in the minority when it comes to this series. I know most people love it and I am a bit black sheepy, and I am fine with that. I can’t say I’m not glad I didn’t finish it, because I am. I stuck it out and completed it and now I have finally finished something that is loved in the book blogger community (I rarely do this). This series ends up being just average for me, but I did enjoy the experience and I will read this author again. I just hope she steps out of writing about the afterlife because I always have trouble.


10 responses to “Book Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

  1. I’ve yet to read Everbound – the cliffie kept me away – but I’m still glad this is a decent conclusion. At this point, as long as a trilogy doesn’t have a horrible ending I’m all for it. I’ll have to catch up on these and compare notes with you soon, Kara – great review!

  2. That is too bad that you didn’t like this series. I do like this series and I felt the second book was a great book. I hope the ending of the series doesn’t frustrate me but I’m sure it will since I’m a fan of Cole. He may be self serving but he is also doing it for other reasons, or at least I always thought so. Guess I shall just have to read this to find out.

    Thanks for the great review!

    • It’s not that I don’t like it. I actually like it enough to read through all three books, you know? It’s just not a favorite. I definitely think Everbound was the best book in the series.

  3. Baaaaaa. 😀 I actually had pretty mixed/indifferent feelings about the first book, so I never made it past that one. I totally understand why you kept going, though, because so many people do seem to love it and I was sort of curious whether I was just missing something that first time around. Oh, well.

    Btw, when I’ve come across the author on Twitter, she seems really funny. I wish more of that humor was in her books!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • I hear you. I contemplated NOT reading Everbound but everyone said it was better and I was on the fence so I went ahead and bought a copy but it sat on my shelves until I got an unsolicited ARC of Evertrue. I read it then.

      Agreed about the author on Twitter. Hopefully she will go a different route with whatever she publishes next!

  4. I have so many of the same thoughts here so you are not alone! I always loved Jack and though I didn’t mind Cole, yeah, I could see through him. And I wasn’t happy with how Cole was portrayed in this one either, well until the end. Everbound was by far my favorite of the series.

  5. Oh boo. I wasn’t impressed with Everneath and was pleasantly surprised by Everbound. I was hoping that Ashton would keep increasing her momentum with this one, but it sounds as though that may not be the case. That’s too bad.
    Now I’m very curious as to how the story ends. I have a few predictions, but nothing I feel too strongly about. I can’t wait to find out for myself and see if I also end up being a black sheep in the end with you haha.

    • I am pretty much the same. I definitely thought Everbound was the better book of the two. I do hope you enjoy it though. Frankly, I think the ending is kind of predictable as I pretty much thought there was only one way the series could end but we’ll just have to wait and see what you think!

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