Friday, March 29, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: EVERBOUND (Everneath Series) by BRODI ASHTON


Everbound (Everneath, #2)
by Brodi Ashton

Published January 22, 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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GENRE: YA • Greek Mythology • Paranormal Romance • Afterlife
Urban Fantasy • Non-humans 
TECHNICALLY: 3.7 rounded to 4

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.
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Though I find this series to generally to be very interesting, there were many stretches of the book were I was extremely bored. Usually during the too numerous to mention back story flashbacks. And the experience to try to say Jack took toooooo long. The pace was AGONIZINGLY slow. Yawn.


I really did have trouble staying awake in those parts. So why the 4 rating? Because the rest of the book deserves it. Ashton created a unique mythology and some engaging characters. The problem with this book was the filler. Too much filler. Some may disagree with me, but I felt that she should have stayed in the present throughout the book and not revert back to "memories" so much. 
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Another thing that bothered me about the book was the lack of interaction between Nikki and Jack. Nikki was flat and void of interest to me in this installment. I must say at the end her behavior was a complete shock, pleasantly so. 

Cole was the saving grace of this book. He became this multi-faceted character. Kind of like Baklava. Yum. There is the bitter actions he does, the sweet intentions towards Nikki, along with a nutty crunch of humor and wit. 

There were several new characters introduced that I found very mysterious and helped to awaken the series with a jolt of energy. One thing Ashton does so well is her vividly descriptive language. She makes it seem as though I am truly seeing and hearing what's going on. Throughout the book, the tension was somewhat constant, but the ending was a whiplash that left you completely puzzled. The plot twisted dramatically at the end and we are left with a very large cliff-hanger.

It is for the most part an enjoyable series. The first book was tremendous and this one left some things to be desired, but I feel that its worthy to read and I look forward to the next installment, if only to know what happens to Cole. ENJOY :)