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Early Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

EvertrueTitle: Evertrue

Author: Brodi Ashton

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Everneath (Book 3)

Publication DateJanuary 21, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10006207119X (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062071194 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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

Quick & DirtyWonderful conclusion to a very unique and fun series. Evertrue was full of action, adventure, and romance. Fans of the series will be very satisfied and I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a fast paced YA read.

Opening Sentence: Jack rubbed his eyes and sat up in my bed.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Nikki survived the feed, escaped the dreaded tunnels, and saved the love of her life. Now she is back home and all she wants is to graduate high school and live a normal life. But Cole tricked her into starting the process of becoming an Everliving and if Nikki can’t find a way to reverse it she will have to feed of a forfeit or she will die. Together Jack and Nikki try to do the impossible: destroy the Everneath for good. With unlikely allies and more at stake then ever, can Nikki finally get her happy-ever-after?

I really liked Nikki a lot in this book. In the first two books she had a lot of self pity moments, but in this one she just had tons of determination which made it easier to respect her. She was going to destroy the Everneath or she was going to die trying. She is a smart girl and at times she was ruthless to get what she wanted, but she is also full of compassion. Even though she was in a crazy situation it still felt like she was a normal girl going through normal things and that made her easy to relate to. I admired her strength and she was a very easy character to connect with.

I have to admit that I was totally Team Jack in the first book, but at some point in the second book Cole snuck into my heart. Even after everything that happened, I still found that I totally loved him and that feeling continued to grow in the final book. You learn so much more about him and his past, which made me understand him so much better. He is just one of those boys that you can’t help but want to fix, and even though he shows it in really strange ways, he truly loves Nikki. He tries to push her to be her best, but he was also very protective of her. Their relationship was full of surprises and tender moments. I thought that the ending to his story was perfectly done and I totally adored his character.

Jack is as charming as ever. With his killer good looks and protective personality, he really is a dream guy. The love he shares with Nikki knows no bounds and in so many ways it is perfect. I loved that Nikki and Jack were best friends before they started to date, that is the foundation of all lasting relationships. In the first two books they were all about sacrificing themselves to save the other, but in this installment they work together so they can have a future. I loved seeing them support each other through the tough times, they both grew a lot throughout the book. Jack was an amazing character and a great hero.

Evertrue was a fantastic ending to a wonderful series. There was never a dull moment and I found that this book was pretty impossible to put down. It was action-packed, romantic, fun, and interesting. I loved how Ashton tied in the whole Persephone myth, it made the story more engaging and unique. The plot was intriguing and there were a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. Most of all, I love Ashton’s writing style, the way she incorporated the past and the present made it so the book never dragged or got boring. It also helped you to connect better to the characters once you got more of their backgrounds. Overall, this was a really amazing series and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great YA read.

Notable Scene

Everything around us seemed to go blurry. A few weeks? I’d thought I had ninety-nine years. He had to be wrong.

I narrowed my eyes, bringing my vision into focus again. “Who, exactly, is the mother bird?”

He clapped his hands together and rubbed the. “That’s the best part. The mother bird is the Everliving who holds your heart.”

The Everliving who holds my heart. Cole stole my heart from my bedroom two weeks ago. He’d said there were special perks for the Everliving who held it. Cole was the mother bird? I closed my eyes.

“What does that mean?”

“It means I am your only source of survival.” His face broke out into a wide grin. “I wish Gavin were here. I’d have him give me a drum roll.”

“Stop playing games. Tell me.”

He raised an eyebrow, gave me a devilish wink, then grabbed me and kissed me.

Everneath Series:

1. Everneath

1.5 Neverfall

2. Everbound

3. Evertrue (January 21, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Evertrue. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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