Series: Everneath #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27th, 2014
Genres: paranormal, retellings, young adult
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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?
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.