Review * Everbound by Brodi Ashton

March 7, 2013 Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Review * Everbound by Brodi AshtonEverbound by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 22, 2013
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Everneath, Evertrue
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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.

This is the second book in a series. While I do not like to include spoilers in my reviews there is NO WAY to discuss Everbound without discussing a HUGE spoiler from Everneath. You have been warned!

What I Thought…

  • Everbound is amazing! It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to reread a book immediately after finishing it.
  • In the beginning Nikki is mildly annoying. Her guilt about Jack being taken to the Everneath is consuming her and all she can think about is saving him. However once she has a plan to save Jack her guilt is less annoying because her determination to save him comes through. As Nikki travels through the Everneath you really see her grow and change and become stronger.
  • Jack is stuck in the Everneath but you get to know him a bit better through the flashbacks that Nikki gives you through her memories. The best part about the memories is that you get to see the “real” Jack. The memories aren’t about how perfect Jack is, but how real he is.
  • Cole plays a very large role in Everbound. Cole is essentially emotionally blackmailed by Nikki to help her save Jack. He obviously doesn’t want to but he can’t let go of Nikki so he helps her, and drags Max along for the ride. Max is even more suspicious in Everbound than he was in Everneath. I have many more thoughts on Cole but they all go like this: &$@#^% #^#%(&%(@ (@#(#%&^)!@^$!!!!!
  • The Everneath was absolutely amazing. I’m not a “visual” reader, it’s very rare that I picture the scenes from the book I’m reading in my head, but the Everneath was described so well that I really felt like I was there. Beyond the cities in the Everneath there were the three circles leading to the center, water, air and fire. I can totally picture the maze leading through the three circles (and I think it would make a really fun attraction at Busch Gardens, except maybe the fire). The maze not only has the hazards of the elements but each section of the maze also plays with your mind.
  • Brodi Ashton weaves in the mythology so well. As things are being divulged about the Everneath there is a little bit of mythology to go along with it and explain why things are the way they are (and why sometimes things aren’t).
  • The ending was genius. It’s the best kind of middle book ending, it’s not a cliffhanger, but sets up the last book perfectly. I can see people not liking the ending, but like I said, I thought it was genius. I didn’t see the ending coming at all, but I’m sure there were lots of clues that I missed along the way.

Overall Everbound is a fabulous 2nd book in a trilogy and I really think you should read it, and read it soon!

 

Kimberly

9 Responses to “Review * Everbound by Brodi Ashton”

  1. Christina

    Ha, you’re right about Nikki in the beginning, but as soon as Cole comes back the story takes off and stays intense to the end.

    She does do a great job on the descriptions. :)

    I fully believe that Ashton set up that ending and I still got blindsided. I saw one of the earlier twists coming, but missed that entirely!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I thought the descriptions were fantastic!

      It’s the mark of a good author when they can blindside you like that. I know there were clues all over the place but I didn’t catch any of them that would lead me to think that that would happen.

  2. Sarah Elizabeth

    Not going to read your review as I still haven’t read everneath! I really must get round to it soon! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. lilysbookblog.com

    Just read and reviewed this book the other day and I absolutely LOVED IT! I think it’s safe to say I’m officially hooked on this series and that I may be completely in love with Jack! There was one point in this book where i was like sympathizing for Cole but then that thing at the end happened and I was like OMG ABSOLUTELY NO! LOL
    The cliffhanger was bigger than the one in Everneath and i think this one just absolutely knocked the pants off of Everneath! I can’t wait to see how everything ends up in the third book! I need more Jack!
    Great Review
    Lily

  4. Jenny

    I just got this one. I’m excited to read it. I’m glad to hear it’s so exciting.

  5. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    GREAT review! Love when you talk about how we get to see the REAL Jack. I didn’t think of it that way, but you’re totally right. I am ready for some new, present memories with him, though. I also loved how Nikki grew up and the descriptions of the Everneath. And Cole. What you said just about sums it up. BUT I love how he was portrayed throughout the book. He’s a tricky one. Also I think this ending made the book even BETTER. You’re right it is one of those that makes you want to jump up and get the next one NOW.

  6. Tina

    I really need to get on the ball and start picking up these sequels. I loved “Everneath” and have been meaning to read this one for quite awhile now! There’s just not enough hours in a day… *sigh*
    Glad you liked it though! I’m definitely gonna have to move this up on my list. :)
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