By: Melanie | April 17, 2014 | (25) Comments

Review: Evertrue by Brodi AshtonEvertrue by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath, #3
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 368
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.

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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 »

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!~

2 Stars
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25 Responses to Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

  1. Darn, another miss for you, Melanie. I’m sorry. 🙁 I actually give you a lot of credit. I’m a chronic DNFer. I have very few 2 star ratings because if I’m not enjoying it, I just put it down and mark it DNF. Maybe it’s because I’m such a slow reader, or that combined with the fact that I have very little free time to read, so it takes me several days to finish a book. If I’m not enjoying it, I feel like it’s such a waste of time for me to finish. I’m sure this isn’t the best idea though, as I’m probably missing out on some books that may have changed my opinion had I stuck with them longer. Anyway, I really think that’s great that you give the entire book a chance and don’t stop after 20% like I do. Great honest review, Melanie! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw thanks Lisa for your kind words! The main reason why I persisted was because it is the last book of the series and I used to be a huge fan.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that this last book was a disappointment, Melanie, but from what I’ve seen, you’re not the only one. Jack sounds like a possessive douche and I already dislike him from your review.
    Also, the spoiler kind of made me angry. It seems like an awful way to end a love triangle and I’m not going to be reading this series anytime soon.
    Thanks for the honest review, Mel.
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  3. Aimee says:

    Dang! I actually really want to start this trilogy, but if it ends this badly I don’t think it’s all that worth it. Maybe I’ll still try the first book since you loved it (and I’m noticing we have somewhat similar tastes), but it isn’t all that high on my TBR at the moment. Awesome review, lovely!<3
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  4. I agree with you Melanie. I felt this wasn’t a brilliant finale to a series that I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought for me, Everbound was one of my favourite sequels I’ve read. But I was disappointed with this one, especially with the love triangle. I didn’t mind about change with Jack, I found it quite fascinating to see like a form of Hercules. I think the ending was a bit of an anti-climatic which again was disappointing. Brilliant review, Mel.
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  5. Oh wow, what a shame here Mel. I’ve got Everneath, and even after all the negative reviews this book has, I still think I want to try it. I’m a real huge fan of mythology and I mean, yeah, if that last book isn’t great, that a huge knock, but two out of three isn’t bad, and I really think I’d want to read through the series. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it though, I know how much you liked this series, I actually read your Everneath review in order to convince myself to buy it, so I’m sorry, but hey, still a good review hun! 🙂
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  6. I liked book one but didn’t read the other two. I can’t rememeber who Jack was, was he the boyfriend or the one that took her to the Everneath? I was Team Guy who took her to Everneath 🙂
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  7. Candace says:

    I’m glad I didn’t continue this series. I didn’t love the first book so I had decided not to continue. Still I’m sorry it was a disappointing conclusion for you. 🙁
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  8. Hah, now I don’t feel bad that I DNFed the first book. I really tried to get into it, but the first ten pages alone made me go, “Nope. Just… nope.” Not that I’m celebrating a book’s awfulness, no! I’m not pleased this is an overall mediocre book. It’s a finale, after all. Finales should be epic, should be awesome, should be the best in a series, and it sucks when it disappoints you </3 I really hope your next one is better!
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  9. Siiri says:

    I read about.. 20% of it and then put it down. Idk. It’s not that interesting anymore. I’m pretty sure I know how it’s going to end and I’m not as excited as I was after the first two which, as you, I loooooved. To pieces! I’m sorry Jack was kind of.. ruined for you 🙁 I’m so glad to hear that you are/were team Jack though. Team Jack all the way! Bhaha. I feel their undying love everywhere I turn too and I want more action and plot since.. well, Everbound was filled with that and I wish that the plot was more awesome in this book. Sorry this wasn’t your cup of tea 🙁
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  10. Kelly says:

    I’m so upset that this is how Ashton decided to conclude the trilogy. Even though Cole was my favourite character from the first two books, I was excited to see how he and Jack got along (or didn’t) and the tension it would create for Nikki. With what Ashton did to Cole, that tension was removed and I found I couldn’t care about anything. So disappointing.
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  11. Oh nooo I’m sorry to hear that this was disappointing! The romance taking over the plot sounds super lame! I just love these book covers but gah, don’t think I’ll pick up this series anytime soon.
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  12. Amir says:

    Aaww damm,I skimmed your review but your rating says how disappointing this one is for you. I did like the first book, it wasn’t phenomenal but I enjoyed the nice guy winning for a change. I will probably read the second book but I will definitely proceed with caution on this one.
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  13. Henrietta says:

    I have the books but I haven’t started reading this series yet. I can totally understand your disappointment, especially when you liked the first two books so much. Bummer 🙁
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  14. Melliane says:

    oh it’s sad it wasn’t as good as the others… I was really curious about this series because everyone is always speaking about it, and well I just love the cover. I think I’ll have to try by myself, but book 1.
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  15. Yup, all I have seen is disappointed reviews for the last book. I never started this series and I am happy I didn’t. Nothing is worse than a good series ending badly. That’s why I never read the last book for the Divergent series.
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  16. So I liked it a LITTLE more than you did, but this was my least favorite book in the trilogy by far. Especially after Everbound which was just brilliant. The amnesia thing really annoyed me too. It felt so lazy and it also felt out of place. Meh. Sad about this one.

  17. 88dreamers says:

    I agree the last book just wasn’t the best for this series, I was left disappointed myself, and I hate when that happens

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  18. Eep, I didn’t read your review because even though I bought this on release day I still have not read it..and your rating and opening comment have me NERVOUS..LOL
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  19. Jack Taylor says:

    Great info. Lucky me I found your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have book marked it for later!
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  20. Oh that’s good to hear trapped is ierttesning I have it sitting on my shelf, and haven’t seen many reviews (or should I say haven;t read many reviews on it) Oh Everneath can’t wait til that comes out.Have a good Friday!

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