Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Published January 21st 2014 by Balzer + Bray
ARC received from the publisher
Both funny and sad, and a solid conclusion to the Everneath trilogy. This review contains spoilers if you haven’t read the previous two books.
Nikki succeeded in saving Jack, but now she is turning into an Everliving herself. She has to feed on Cole to survive, and as always he is keeping secrets for her. Will she be able to turn mortal again?
What to say about Evertrue? I think it was a great young-adult book on basically every point. It was well-written, engaging, well-plotted with the action spread out properly, a dash of mythology and a cup of romance. It was all-round good, but it never surprised me or blew me away. The story ended just like I thought it would – for me there was only one solution to all the problems, and not surprisingly that was the road Ms Ashton took.
In Evertrue the character dynamics are slightly different from the other books. Because a strange twist of fate, Cole loses his memory for part of the book. This makes him a completely different person. The cocky, confident Cole is gone, and a sweeter more innocent Cole takes his place. I know a lot of people loved arrogant Cole, and I think they won’t enjoy seeing him this way. I personally kind of hate Cole and wish he would just take his band and piss off, so this new Cole was an improvement over the other one. His amnesia brings on several humorous situations, but also ethical problems that Nikki has to work through. Jack has basically become the Hulk after being in the Tunnels, which I thought was pretty cool (I like the Hulk). Nikki goes through periods of both severe physical weakness and strength. The characters are all kind of fluctuating in Evertrue, but Ms Ashton handled that well.
Evertrue has all the elements of a good young-adult book, and it manages to make its grand finale sufficiently grand. I would recommend this series as a whole to people who enjoy YA paranormal romance with a mythology twist and that don’t shy away from (an actually pretty well-done) love-triangle.
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?
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- Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton (4.5 Stars)