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.
Because of two parents who were Greek myth geeks, I grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good conversational opener was, “So, which mythological character do you most resemble?” Despite these social shortcomings, I found a great husband who’s always my first reader. We live in Utah with our two young boys, who still have no idea why I’m at the computer all the time.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics
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Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
3.5 stars (I rounded up)
This will be a spoiler free review, so do not be afraid.
Where do I start. I went into this book with very high expectations.
Did I like it? Sure. Did I love it?
And the reason … I felt that the pacing of the story was so completely off for me that I was kind of bored for the first 75 percent of the book and then suddenly we get to some action and bam… the book is over. I think part of my problem is that I really didn’t find myself attached to any one of these characters emotionally, so the first part of the book was slow to me, (especially after that ending in book 2). I mean, I liked them and was interested in them, but I never really connected with them on that level … you know the one… the “omg I have to know what happens right now” and the “omg her heart is breaking and so is mine” level.
That disconnect is what kept me from being glued to the pages of this story. I can be honest though, it could totally be me, because the character development was well-done, the story itself is unique and interesting, and I really enjoyed the series as a whole. It’s just this book didn’t do it for me as much as the first two did.
I don’t necessarily need tons of action to enjoy a story, but when there isn’t, I do need to have that emotional connection to the characters to keep me invested, and I’m not sure I had that with these characters.
However, Ashton does give us readers a wonderful conclusion to a story that I’ve been waiting for since I turned the last page in book 2. The characters are one of my favorite parts… for once they’re all likable, (even when they do heinous things… I’m looking at you Cole).
Cole, will probably always be my favorite in this series. You can’t help but enjoy him as a character… he’s so incredibly complex and flawed but deep down you can understand why he does what he does. I loved the evolution of his relationship with Nikki in book 2, and it only continues in Evertrue.
Nikki and Jack in this installment are also wonderfully done. We get to see more depth to their relationship, their devotion to each other and the love they have for each other.
I think that if you can look past the pacing here, you’ll definitely enjoy the end of this series… even if you can’t, I think, like me, you’ll appreciate the series as a whole for its originality and unique and wonderfully developed characters and their arcs. This book for me was only a 3.5, but the series as a whole would probably rate closer to 4 – definitely worth the time to pick it up and read!
Thank you to Harpercollins for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.