Series: Everneath #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 24th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.
Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.
Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.
In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.
Let me take you through my immediate reactions during the last 10 pages and after finishing this book. “NOOOOOOOOOO!!!” “You just… I don’t…” “I can’t even…” “I don’t know… I just don’t know…” I’m pretty much still in that state. I am literally fighting the urge to just pull my knees up to my chest and slowly rock back and forth, because that is what this book has done to me, and to have to wait another year for the series’s conclusion is unthinkable.
Considering the trend I’ve recently gone through with sequels (particularly middle books) not living up to their predecessors I’m so glad that I can confidently say that’s NOT the case for Everbound. Everbound was every bit as engaging and entertaining as Everneath, if not even better.
I must say I was astounded by the world building. I loved the Everneath. It was so imaginative and creative, while simultaneously incorporating Greek myths extremely well. (I REALLY LIKE GREEK MYTHS OKAY?? *cough* I just want more stories like this.) It was a really vivid world that I loved reading about.
While Everbound, like its predecessor has its fair share of teenage angst, it’s all very realistic and understandable. And I think it’s less than the first book. Everbound is action packed and takes the fantasy elements up a notch, which made for an extremely addictive and compulsive read.
In the first book, I was a total fan of Jack. But here, he wasn’t really present. We got a Cole instead. AND OH MY GOD THE FEELS. I usually hate love triangles but this one totally has me sitting on the fence, and it feels like I could change my mind any second. Cole gets a lot more character development and depth in this installment, and it’s hard not to feel anything for this new side that he starts showing. But Miss Ashton won’t let you forget about Jack either! No, through a series of beautiful flashbacks, we learn more about the backstory and history of Jack and Nikki’s relationship. And thus, I sit on the fence.
Of course, the ending does sort of toss things up in the air, once again. I don’t know how Brodi comes up with these things… This is how I want my plot twists. Out of freaking NOWHERE, that you NEVER see it coming. I sort of feel like I’ve been punched in the gut, and at the same time, I’m really happy about it.