Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mythology
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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.
First Sentence: Jack rubbed his eyes and sat up in my bed.
First and foremost, thank you so much Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction for letting me borrow her ARC of Evertrue! Thank you for taking the time to package it and mail it out to me Kristen! <3 Everyone who knows me really well knows that Evertrue is probably my most anticipated book of 2014. Ever since I’ve read Everbound back in 2012, I desperately wanted to get my hands on Evertrue. Everbound left us with what I’ll consider to be one of the cruelest cliffhangers that I’ve ever read (don’t worry, it wasn’t a bad cliffhanger, but a cliffhanger that just constantly tortured me whenever I thought of the book) and I just wanted some answers. As Evertrue‘s release date drew nearer and nearer, I’ve heard tons of mixed reviews on Evertrue, but I still expected to at least like the book. I was also secretly hoping that everyone else was wrong, that I would find Evertrue extremely lovable and amazing, that hopefully I’ll be the black sheep with this one this time. Sadly, that never happened.
I threw my arms around Jack’s neck.
“It might not be anything,” Jack said.
“I don’t care. It’s hope.” (ARC 91)
My biggest problem with Evertrue is that I literally could not connect to anything in the book. I felt like an outsider looking in while I was reading it; I couldn’t connect to any of the characters and unlike the first two books, Everneath and Everbound, I couldn’t feel the love and chemistry between Nikki and Jack. In fact, their lovey-dovey moments just bored me to death. Everyone’s lovey-dovey moments bored me to death. Even seeing Will make a kind of short appearance didn’t make me smile like it normally would. (I know it’s weird guys, but I love him okay? Even though he’s drunk most of the time, he’s everything I want in an older brother.) I just felt so disconnected from the book; it didn’t draw out any strong emotions from me unlike how both Everneath and Everbound did. In fact, I felt absolutely nothing while I was reading Evertrue except boredom, mild annoyance at a character (I’ll explain this in the next paragraph), and the desire to finish it asap so I can start reading some other book on my shelf.
While I admired Nikki in both Everneath and Everbound, Nikki annoyed me in Evertrue. There were some moments where she got so mopey, thinking something along the lines of, “I should just run away, it’s all my fault people are dying and involved in this, everyone is better off without me,” which annoyed me. Running away wouln’t solve anything; Nikki should definitely know that by now after what she did in the very first book, Everneath. Moments like that, I just wanted to grab Nikki and shake her to wake up.
Sometimes, when someone keeps forgiving someone else, it becomes too much. (ARC 186)
I’m sad to say this, but you know that shocking ending in Evertrue that everyone was talking about? The same ending that people claimed shocked them to their very core and even made them want to cry? Well, I’m sad to say this but I predicted this “shocking” ending on – looks at my notes – page 99 of the ARC. Let me repeat this, PAGE 99. That’s about the first fourth of the book (the ARC of Evertrue is 357 pages). I was so elastic to get to the “shocking” ending, hoping it would redeem the whole book for me, only to see that I saw that ending coming about three hundred pages ago. You do not want to know how disappointed and devastated I was – I literally wanted to stomp my feet like a toddler in public (I was reading the book on the train).
Don’t get me wrong, even though I saw the “shocking” ending coming three hundred or so pages ago, the ending of Evertrue still affected me though even though I honestly don’t know why. The next part is a HUGE spoiler so read it at your own risk.
[HUGE] SPOILER: Cole basically dies at the end of the book and right after I finished Evertrue, my heart started breaking for him. The question I can’t answer is why though? Why am I sad that Cole died? I didn’t like him in either Everneath and Everbound and in Evertrue he kind of annoyed me, so why am I upset? His death shouldn’t affect me at all.
Overall, sadly Evertrue is a very disappointing ending to a series I loved and a series that was dear to me. I don’t know if you guys should skip this one or not; I’m leaning more on “no,” don’t skip this one if you’ve read Everbound already since I want those of you who’ve read Everbound to finally get some answers like I did. I’m just warning you though: Don’t get your hopes up for this one.