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I Belong

Early Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everbound

Author: Brodi Ashton

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Everneath Series (Book 2)

Publication Date: January 22, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062071165 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062071163 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Kayla


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. Now she is 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. No matter how she tries to reach for his hand, she can never find it.

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 help in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole, along with Cole’s bandmate Max, descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated—and more deadly. From a Lake of Blood and Guilt to Sirens’ alluring tricks to insurmountable walls of rock and flame, the trio is given every reason to turn back and give up. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack—even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this breathtaking sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

Quick & Dirty: An epic adventure with a cunningly broken boy and a steadfast heroine.

Opening Sentence: I see Jack every night. In my dreams.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book = blew my heart away. So many hidden agendas and secrets are revealed and twisted into the story. Second book slump? No way! Everbound is a great (dare I say better) edition to the series!

Everbound takes place a month after the ending of Everneath. Nikki is desperately trying to find a way to get back to Jack, who took her place in the Everneath. Now the only thing keeping Jack alive is Nikki’s dreams every night. But each night he keeps forgetting more and more about his life on the surface, or why he’s appearing at night at all. Nikki, still trying to recover lost relationships from her last journey to the Everneath, is desperate enough to try to enlist Cole to help her — but first, she has to find where he is. This is a journey unlike any other. Nikki will have to be tested on mental strength if she has any hope of making it through the Everneath.

Writing, suspense AND COLE are the best highlights of the book. I was unsure how/or even if Ashton was going to bring back the flashbacks that were so prevalent in the first book. It took a while, but eventually they came back, and they were as interesting as the actual plot. And believe me, the plot had me yelling at the characters and reading through the night (I actually finished this book in one day. It was that good.) Ashton creates a suspense like no other–through the tense situations with Cole to the magnificent trials inside the Everneath.

BUT COLE! My sweet, heart-breaking, conniving little beggar, who literally threw me off my feet (I was standing when I was reading parts of the book — don’t ask me why.) This book has 10x more Cole and 10x less Jack. Now don’t get me wrong, Jack’s a nice guy and all, but Cole is so smolderingly broken and desperate to make Nikki his. I fell hard for this guy, despite what I knew from the first book. He can seem so innocent, wanting the best for Nikki and actually helping her along the way. *Sighs* If only it wasn’t with a hidden agenda in mind.

The ending… MAJOR CLIFFHANGER ALERT! I’m pretty sure I had to read the ending at least three times to accept that it was the end. When I finished it, it was almost 2 in the morning, so I couldn’t complain to anyone, but eventually just settled on Twitter ranting about how the ENDING IS PURE TORTURE. Now I have to wait another distressing year for the final outcome…

Notable Scene:

My cheeks grew hot. “You can’t still be trying.”

“I’ll never stop.”

“But… all this.” I gestured around, even though I knew he couldn’t see me. “You’re doing all this when you know it’s to save Jack.”

“I know. And won’t you owe me so bad when we succeed.” There was a smile in his voice, but also something dead serious. I thought about what Ashe had said about his tether to me.

I shook my head. “Just what do you think I’ll owe you?”

He leaned closer to me. “For saving the love of your life? Everything.”

There was this incredibly tense moment, and I wished I could see Cole’s face. But then I felt him relax against me. “And then you’ll just run away again, and I’ll have to find another way to impress you; and that, Nikki Beckett, is the eternal loop.”

I released a breath and at the same time tried to release the panic his words had brought on. He acted as if it were a joke, but did some part of him really believe it?

“I told you what I was afraid of, Nik. Now tell me what you’re afraid of.”

I answered as honestly as I could. “I’m afraid of how much I don’t know about this world, and how I have to rely on everything you tell me.”

“That is scary.”

I couldn’t hear a smile behind his voice.

Everneath Series:

1. Everneath

1.5. Neverfall

2. Everbound (January 22, 2013)

FTC Advisory: HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Everbound. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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