Series: Everneath, #3
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
When the early reviews of Evertrue started to roll in, I was rather appalled to see so many disappointed reviews. But now, I can totally see why. Everneath and Everbound were some of my favourite novels ever–but I cannot say the same for the last instalment, Evertrue. Here were my main issues in order from most infuriating to least:
1. Jack. A sad fact, but true. I was Team Jack ALLL the way till about 50 pages into this book. What changed? This happened:
He blew out a breath, and I thought he was coming back to me when he growled, “I’m gonna kill him.” He grasped the door handle and yanked hard.
“Jack, no!” I didn’t know if he was serious about killing Cole or not, but his eyes were blazing. He didn’t stop. He exploded out of the car and slammed the door behind him.
That’s what happened when Nikki told Jack that she kissed Cole so she could stay alive and revive her energy. But clearly, Jack’s not interested in that. He’s furious when he hears, Cole kissed me. I mean, can you be any more immature and inconsiderate? Nikki has been slowly dying for the past day but all you care about is that Cole kissed your Nikki. Honestly Jack, I don’t even know why I rooted for you in the first place.
2. The romance. I do love a sweet romance. But in Evertrue, Brodi Ashton seemed to have jumped into sappy-I-will-do-anything-for-you-land. Everything was about their undying true love for each other and many moments had my wanted to rush to the toilet and puke out my dinner. (It was a nice dinner too, would’ve been a huge pity to have wasted it).
He took my hand and pressed it against his chest. “Do you feel that?” he said. I blinked and nodded. “This heart is yours. It belongs to you. It beats only for you. And somewhere out there is a heart without a home, and it beats for me; and we’re not giving up until we find it.”
3. The plot. To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of plot progression in Evertrue. There was a lot of dwindling here and there, and a very simple and short actual plot. If all the romance crap was removed, there would be barely any pages in this novel. Seriously, I was expecting so much better.
4. The amnesia. View Spoiler » So I ended up liking Cole. He was pretty much the only character I could bear, to be frank. So when all this amnesia crap comes down, I felt like throwing the book across the room. The only decent person in this book had to get amnesia and turn all clueless and be stripped of their awesome personality. Ugh. And then, gets killed off. Well good on you, Ashton. « Hide Spoiler
All in all, I am INCREDIBLY disappointed with Evertrue. In fact, I wished I never read this. What I loved in the previous novels, have turned into things I detest after reading this. Please do read this at your own risk.
~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy!~
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