Review: Everneath #3, Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

13626692Blurb from Goodread

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.

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Balzer + Bray
language edition: English
series: Everneath
genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
Yes, Nikki, not only queen Adonia, I can also see you. I see your journey from the Everneath to the Surface and back again to Everneath and then another trip to the Surface to end up again in Everneath. Yes, I follow you from book 1 to this book in less than a month. And yes, it means that I read your first journey long after the hype. Although it wasn’t great, I think it can be awesome so I still follow your journey till the end.

The thing is I don’t quite like you in first two books. To me you’re a whinny ungrateful heroine. But again I still read your story. I’m kinda wish that after back and forth between the Everneath and the Surface you will change into someone I can love. But you’re still you. Well…maybe it’s just you being who you are but after three books who you are are annoying the hell out of me. I thought you can be braver, wiser and more responsible after so many things happened to you. And why do you often repeat what is told to you again and again and still doesn’t understand it? when you repeat it once or twice just to make sure of it, I can understand it but when you talk the same time more than twice, you’re kinda insult me because it makes me think that you’re not sure that I can understand what you and other characters talk. You and also other characters have a habit that I don’t like. You guys love talking and rambling about everything very much. I think the main thing of this book is only in a few chapters toward the end.

I also have to say that I don’t like Jack either here. Well…I don’t quite like him before since I couldn’t connect to him in the first place. In this book, he’s just so overdramatic (?) He’s like another drama queen to me. Yes I’m aware that this book is also, if not mostly, about romance but reading his undying love profess to you and the way he act like a caveman while you don’t have any choice is very annoying.

The only think I liked from this book is Cole. I don’t even pay attention to the action scenes anymore since most things are annoying and frustrating from the beginning. Actually I don’t care about the love triangle either. I’m fine with whoever you choose but I can’t see that you and Jack are meant to be together while I think you and Cole are perfect. I liked him more than I like any other character, including you, Nikki. I can connect to him, understand him and he’s a believable character to me.
Result: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: Everneath #2, Everbound by Brodi Ashton

13115995Blurb 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
series: Everneath
genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
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

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

9413044Blurb from Goodreads

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned-to her old life, her family, her boyfriend-before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance-and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

ebook, 240 pages
Published: January 24th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
edition language: English
series: Everneath
genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I’ve been hesitated reading this book for two years because 1) it has mix reviews. I often avoid book with mix reviews. I just feel like I don’t have enough recommendation that this book is worth enough to read. And book with hype sometimes “freak me out” because I often being in the minority and don’t get what the fuss about. 2) My last Greek mythology series, specifically retelling of Hades and Persephone was an epic fail. Coincidentally it also has mix reviews and hype among readers. So when my dear friend, Sarah recommended it to me and at the same time most of my friends reading the last book of the series, I was curious. That’s when I decided to give up ignoring it. So here is my thought about it.The characters
Nikki is the main character and the narrator of this story. I think she’s a brave girl, in a way. I really liked when she stand up against Lacey and her friend when she heard they were talking about her. She isn’t a popular girl in her high school. Although there isn’t anything that mention that she’s a nerd/geek, I think there’s a bit geekiness in her which makes me liked her even more. Regarding with herself and her relationship with Jack, she’s kind of moody, impulsive and wishy-washy. There were a couple of times when she acted instantly without thinking of the consequences which made her regret it later.Cole is an Everliving. A former human who belongs to Everneath and needs to Feed from human soul for the rest of his immortal life. He’s a guitarist from a popular rock band. He’s the one who made Nikki gave up her life in order to erase her pain. They are get attach to each other because of it. He can be persuasive, sweet and evil at the same time. I really liked him, especially in the beginning of the story and feel sad for him for most of the time. I think I liked him more than I liked Jack because he’s more complex and complicated among other characters.

Jack is the good, kind and sweet character in this story. In some part he’s too good to be true and kind of bored me, especially when he talks all the sweet talk to Nikki, about how he couldn’t live without her, missed her like crazy and whatnot. But at the same time, I liked that he’s persistent and never give up on his relationship with Nikki.

The story
As a retelling of Hades and Persephone, I’m happy that it’s much better than The Goddess Test series. I can

I can say that I liked and enjoyed reading it much more than when I read Henry and Kate story. It can make my mind keep wandering and questioning the story, signs that I’m into it, while Henry and Kate made me cringed and got headache most of the time. The more I read it I can see that it isn’t just about Hades and Persephone but also about Orpheus and Eurydice. I really like the idea to combine 2 stories in one perspective. I think it makes this story quite different and unique from other retelling. Well… at least for me since I never read something like this before.I liked that the story is divided into two parts, Nikki’s time before and after being a Forfeit. The way she tells her story is what I liked the most. She’s always counting down the moment before she becomes a Forfeit and when she has to go back to Everneath. In the end, the end of one life means the beginning of Nikki’s other life.

However first part of the story, especially when she still has months in the Surface, goes too slow. She only has 6 months on the Surface to do what she has to do, her reasons to choose to Return but most of the time she’s moping around and do nothing. Doesn’t even try to pay more attention to Mary which is kind of obvious there is more to her than what it seems. She only starts doing something when Jack begins talk to her again. It feels like she couldn’t do that without him. Even at that time she still holds important things from him a couple of time which is kind of annoyed me. I also don’t understand why they don’t talk about the reason that made Nikki become a Forfeit as soon as they able to be friends again. And then everything seems go faster when she only has one month left in the Surface, suddenly she thinks a lot of thing and tries to get the answer soon and everything feels in a rush.

The romance
Despite this book is under paranormal genre, I think the most prominent thing is the romance part. It’s obvious there’s a love triangle between Jack, Nikki and Cole. When I read about love triangle, I rarely take side of whose team I am, though sometimes I have my own likeliness. Now I do understand why most readers are gushing about it and are torn between Jack and Cole. Both of them have something that I liked and also disliked. They do good things as much as bad thing for Nikki and I understand why they do that. It is so good it’s hard for me to choose who I like most. That’s kind of unusual for me because usually it’s easy to fall for one of the characters in the story.
But if I have to be honest, I liked more Nikki and Cole relationship than Nikki and Jack. Just like Cole said, it’s hard to connect with Nikki and Jack relationship. Their relationship is based on long term friendship hence it feels save for them (and sometimes boring) while there is fire, love/hate feeling with Nikki and Cole relationship. Hence it makes them more interesting.

So the conclusion is the book has everything I love, Greek mythology with hieroglyph clue what needs to be solved, good storyline, awesome characters, but I think I need to see how the sequel goes. So I’ll save my star for it and give this book 3.5 stars.

Result: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars