Sunday, January 27, 2013
Book Review: Everbound
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.
I'm pretty dedicated to this series. Proof? Well, on the morning I got my copy of Everbound, it had snowed a couple inches outside. I was sitting near the window at the front of my house, doing my schoolwork and waiting for the UPS truck to arrive (yes, I had been stalking my package on UPS tracking so I knew when it would arrive). So I see the UPS truck arrive, and what do they do? The got the addresses of me and my neighbor across the street mixed up, and they delivered my poor Everbound package to my neighbor!
So I had to hike down my very long driveway and across the street, in the snow, and over to my neighbor's to get Everbound. I'm sure I looked crazy to any other neighbors who saw me. Ah, well. It was worth it.
Because Everbound was absolutely AMAZING. This is a truly well-written sequel that I think I might love even better than the first book, Everneath. The worldbuilding is simply wonderful. I loved watching Nikki and Cole as they traveled through the Everneath in search of Jack. And I love how Brodi Ashton deftly mixes in the Greek mythology - it's so interesting and unique!
Oh, the characters. While I liked Cole fine in Everneath, he is such a wonderfully complex character in Everbound. It's so nice to learn more about him and his motives. Although that ending is cruel. Cruel, I tell you! I seriously wanted to strangle Cole. Nikki is so much stronger this time around, and I was rooting for her the whole time. I feel bad for everything she deals with, from her family to Jack's mom, who is seriously mad at her. And Jack...sadly, he's not in Everbound much. *goes off into a corner and cries* I know, it's so sad! But there are many flashbacks of Jack and Nikki, which I thought was adorable and sweet and cute, and it fit into the story very well.
My only complaint - and it's pretty small - is that it takes a little while for the story to really get started, as it takes some time for Nikki to convince Cole to take her to the Everneath. But once they were in the Everneath, I could not put the book down. There's so much going on and I sympathized all the characters and their struggles. And the ending...major, major, major cliffhanger!! I would have thrown my book against the wall if I didn't want to risk damaging it. :P It's going to be a very long year as I wait for the final book to come out.
Highly recommended! If you like Greek mythology, you must read this series. In fact, even if you don't usually read mythology or paranormal books, you should still read this series. It's original, stunning, and addictive. Five stars without a doubt!
My rating: 10 out of 10 (5 stars)
~ The Bookworm