Blurb from Goodread
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.
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Balzer + Bray
language edition: English
genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
I think in some point this book is way better and I enjoyed reading it more than Everneath . However, Nikki is still annoyed me half of the story. She’s still stubborn, selfish and fails to learn from her mistake many times. On the other hand, I liked that she realizes (from early chapters) that she wasted time when she was in the Surface for the first time after 100 years in Everneath. It was one thing that I didn’t quite like from Everneath because it made the story felt so slow while here it’s fast-pace with a lot of adrenaline rush moments.
While Jack doesn’t make many appearance here, Max, Mrs. Jenkins and Adonia have more story. But to be honest it’s not enough. I want them more than just characters who help the main characters. They are really standing as supporting characters with few role while I think they can have more than that. One funny (but not in that kind of funny way) thing is I’m kinda distracted with Max role. He’s Cole best friend, I can see it all right but he doesn’t have much line for himself, at least not more than he deserves. It’s kind of pity when most of the time he speaks or start a conversation begins with run, hurry, or something like that.
My favorite part from this book is the world building. The author makes Everneath seems so complex, dangerous and eerie. I can really feel it and in some part surprise me with its complexity. I also enjoy reading Nikki’s journey in the maze and her past with Jack. But it also has not so good things. Her journey in the maze happens in similar pattern. And as much as I like reading Nikki’s memories, I cannot help not to think that the story in the maze is interupted abruptly by her memories. It’s like the story is in fast-pace but suddenly have to stop to take a rest. I’m not feel it well because all the while I’m in adrenaline moment and then Nikki force me to stop without giving me time to slow down before I can finally stop.
As you can see, although I really like the world building, I still have things I dislike, especially regarding to how I feel about Nikki. And like I said in the beginning of my review, this is better than
Everneath but somehow it’s also annoying, frustrating and lack something (I just couldn’t feel the connection between Nikki and Jack, unlike with Cole and Nikki relationship. Hence it makes me think that Nikki and Jack relationship happens because it’s easier for her than if she has it with Cole. Nikki and Jack couldn’t convice me that they are really in love. But the ending makes me cannot wait to read the final book, Evertrue.
Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars