Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Everbound by Brodi Ashton 

** summary and review contains spoilers for Everneath**
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.


After reading Everneath, I was dying to get my hands on a copy of Everbound. Everneath was easily one of the best books I read last year and when I finally managed to track down a copy of Everbound, I devoured it. While this one did not completely live up to my total love for the first book, this was an intense and action-packed sequel that left me counting down the days until the sequel was released!

Nikki was completely broken after what Jack did to save her and she is dedicating all of her time to trying to figure out a way to go down to the Everneath and save him. She knows she cannot do it without Cole's help, so together they enter the Everneath and start an insane journey to find Jack. Brodi Ashton has developed the Everneath into such a real and crazy place in Everbound. Everything Nikki and Cole face is more and more dangerous and I was often left wondering if they would ever survive. There were all kinds of new creatures and nightmares introduced in Everneath and all kinds of wild plot twists that kept surprising me.

This book definitely gave the reader a healthy dose of Cole and it allowed us to get to know him even better. There were several other new characters introduced and Nikki's relationship with everyone is tested. Cole was a very controversial character and while I liked how dedicated he was to Nikki, he was also very manipulative. I did really like Jack in book one, but we only got to really see him through memories of Nikki's in this book.

I was confused at several points in Everbound because there was a ton of new information about the Everneath released at once and it was a lot to take in. Especially the ending. While it was insane and shocking and left me eager to get to the next book, I was seriously confused about what had just happened over the course of the last couple of chapters. Hopefully everything will be explained in the currently-untitled-book-three!

Everbound was a twisted follow-to to Everneath and while I didn't enjoy it quite as much, I am still eagerly anticipating the release of the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this series!

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

January 22, 2013/Balzer + Bray/368 Pages/Young Adult/Book Two

Source: Trade (ARC)
Other books in this series: Everneath (Book, #1)

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