Series: Everneath #3
Published by Balzer & Bray on January 21, 2013
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, YA
Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.
Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. 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?
In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.
What I Thought…
- Evertrue was one of my top 5 books I am excited for in 2014. So much so that I made sure that all the work things got done so I could read it the minute I get home from work. (Funny story: We had a snow day on Tuesday so I didn’t have to work so I was super excited because then I could read it the moment in graced my front doorstep. Which turned out to be 6:30 pm. Not cool.) Thankfully Brodi Ashton did not disappoint!
- Evertrue picks up right where Everbound leaves off. I sometimes worry about this because what if I don’t remember? But I remember the ending of Everbound REALLY WELL so that wasn’t a problem here.
- We continue to see Nikki grow and change and become the kind of person she wants to be. She is dealing with becoming an everliving and it’s weighing heavily on her because it is so not what she wants. I loved her struggles with this and her determination to not allow Jack (or Cole) to sway her to make a decision she is not happy with.
- Nikki’s whole purpose in life right now is to destroy the Everneath. She will not give in to what she will become so she sees that as her only option. This results in an epic journey not just for her, but for Jack and Cole as well.
- Speaking of Jack… sigh. He is still amazing as ever, with a bit of an extra bonus due to his time in the Everneath. His determination to protect Nikki at all costs was both sweet and frustrating since her and Jack didn’t always see eye to eye on what was best.
- Cole was both what I expected this book and not what I expected. There was a twist that changed some things up that sent me in a different direction from my original thoughts, but at the same time Cole is still Cole, and cannot be forgiven for what he did in Everbound.
- Like in both Everneath and Everbound the world building is fantastic. I could picture what it was like in my head, and that’s a rare feat for me. As twisted as the Everneath is I want to go there and see all the amazing things and watch all the amazing people and creatures and things.
- There were beetles. *shudder*
- Evertrue is pretty intense, though there were enough funny moments to not make it completely dark and depressing. It moves at a bit of a slower pace than Everbound, but not too slowly.
- I had two issues with Everture. One was the plot twist with Cole. It was a little too convenient and is not one of my favorite things in books (because of its convenience). Ashton made it work (as it usually does), but still, not my favorite thing. The second was that the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of how things had to go down and a bigger deal made of it.
- Personally I loved the ending, though I can see that not everyone may like it. I thought it was fitting for everyone involved, and that’s really all I can say about that without spoilers.
If you haven’t yet read the Everneath Trilogy I definitely recommend it!Everneath