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Review: Everbound

Everbound

EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

EVERBOUND is the second full-length novel in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series. The third book, due out in 2014, is as yet untitled.

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***The Goodreads description is spoiler-y for Everneath***

Goodreads Description:

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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EVERBOUND is a riveting, heartbreaking and tension-filled story about love, sacrifice, determination and betrayal. It takes readers on an electrifying and danger-filled journey. It tests the characters’ strength and devotion and willingness to do whatever it takes to get what their hearts desire.

Nikki Beckett felt as if she lost everything when she lost Jack. As much as she wished she could change any one of the decisions she’d made that led her to the Everneath, led her to Cole, she was powerless to turn back the clock.

But she was not ready to give up. And she was not yet without hope.

Even if finding Jack would be almost impossible, she had to try. Because doing nothing was not something she could live with. And living without Jack was not living.

She just had to return to the Everneath. And she just needed to find Cole to do it.

Brodi Ashton’s EVERBOUND takes this story in an exciting new direction – one that’s just as suspenseful, heartwarming and heart-wrenching as the first book in the series, but one that is also action-packed, filled with deadly obstacles, difficult challenges and formidable foes, and has an even greater connection to the mythology.

The author demands more from her heroine in this second installment in the series. As Nikki searches for ways to save the love of her life, she must put her trust in someone she never imagined she could trust. She must find the emotional and physical strength to pass the Everneath’s tests. She must find answers to the Everneath’s questions, because choosing wrongly would mean almost certain death.

And she must never give up hope or give in to defeat. For Jack’s sake. For her sake. And even for Cole’s.

Switching between the present and the past, through Nikki’s memories and stories and through Cole’s, the timeline of the story is expanded. It allows for a look at both characters’ pasts that had not been previously revealed. And it allows Jack Caputo to be very much a part of this sequel.

While both books could be dubbed love stories, EVERBOUND is also an enthralling adventure. One that is fraught with danger, with a ticking clock, hidden agendas, twists and turns and a few surprises that lead to an ending that is no less shocking than that of its predecessor.

EVERBOUND is a must read for fans of the first book in the series, for readers who enjoy stories that are a mix of love stories, adventures and modern interpretations of classic myths, and for readers who love books with jaw-dropping endings that will leave them desperate for the next installment.

Reviewer gives this book…

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On a personal note…

Even though I read it in the description, I really didn’t think I’d get to go on a journey with Cole and Nikki and their other two traveling companions. And I definitely didn’t think it would be as awesome as it was.

It was just as exciting as Dorothy and company’s travels through Oz, but way more deadly. It felt more like they were running through a gauntlet instead of trying to make their way through the labyrinthine passageways that were the Everneath.

I loved the author’s interpretation of the mythology. I loved how she incorporated those stories, those beliefs, into this one and how they shaped the world she created. I kept thinking, “I can totally see that!” and “Oh my gosh yes!”

And I seriously loved just how much Cole there was in this story. Even though much of the gut-wrenching heartbreak involved Jack, there were still moments that made my gut twist for Cole. And there were a lot of moments where I kept begging Nikki to trade her mortality for immortality and spend the rest of forever with Cole.

After doing what she needed to do for Jack, of course. Because as much as I adore Cole, I still like Jack.

There is just so much I want to talk about. About Cole’s feelings. About Nikki’s. About what happened in the Everneath. About what happened after. And especially what the heck happened at the end.

Because… oh… my… gosh. The end. There was this one thing I saw coming… sort of. This other thing I did not see coming… at all. And then there’s this third thing that has me asking all sorts of questions about what it could mean. Because I don’t have a clue. Not. One. Single. Clue.

And it’s absolutely killing me.

But of course I can’t talk about any of that, because it would be so totally spoiler-y. And I wouldn’t want to spoil one second of this reading experience. Not even the part where….

All I can say is I’m so glad I’d read Neverfall so that I could learn more about Cole before I dove into this book. I’d loved him from the moment we were introduced in Everneath and I fell crazy in love with him in Neverfall. And that did not change in this book. Not even when….

Nope. Not going to reveal that.

Nikki’s unshakable devotion to Jack, on the other hand, made me want to throttle her. While I’m normally a huge fan of complete and utter devotion in a love story – a love without question, without doubt, without giving in to temptation – I so wanted her to be swayed to the dark side. So I was very pleased when….

Oops.

While there wasn’t the same type of countdown clock in this story as there was in   Everneath, a clock was most definitely counting down. There was a time limit to this journey. Which made it that much more suspenseful.

And I loved the peeks at the past as seen through Nikki’s memories. They were sweet and romantic and funny and heartbreaking. For Nikki. For Jack. And for Cole.

I am literally dying for the next installment in this series. I want answers to my questions about that thing at the end that I have no idea about. I want to know who ends up winning at the very end, or if turns out that they all end up losing.

This is one series I just know will have at best a bittersweet ending and at worst an ending that will be an absolute tear-jerker. I have a bad, bad feeling I will be sobbing.

Favorite passage…

Of course I have quite a few favorite passages. This is the Everneath series after all. And I would have loved to include my favorite passage about Cole. But as most of the heartbreaking ones that were non-spoiler-y involved Jack, I decided to cave and share one of those instead.

“How did you know to turn back?” I said.

With his head still down, he said, “I waited for you.”

“But it’s a race. Why did you wait for me?”

He lifted his head so that his eyes met mine. “I always wait for you.” He took a deep breath, my ankle still in his hands. “I’m always waiting for you.”

Book trailer for Everbound

This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade with another blogger.

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6 Responses to “Review: Everbound”

  1. Fab review!! OMG I totally know what you mean about the ending. Yup, I have this lingering thought in my head about something that happened. I am pretty sure we are thinking about the same thing and I have no clue either, but it’s got to be something lol!! And I totally didn’t see that other thing coming. I don’t think there were even any slight clues that it would happen. I thought that I was eagerly awaiting this book, but it’s nothing compared to how much I need the next one now.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I bet we are! I don’t know WHAT that means! I have to start hunting down Everneath reviews as I’d been hiding from them because I only just finished this last night. I re-read the book and had the worst time trying to find out how not to spoil anything. I had to spoil Everneath a little because I had to talk about Jack.

      But that is such a teaser, I have no clue what the author meant by that. And as far as that other thing, having read Neverfall, I knew that there would be something just based on a certain personality. But I had no idea it was that. AND I didn’t get that clue/hint either.

      I think I re-read those last few pages at least 15 times to make sure it all really happened. I’m dying to see how this ends.

      Will be heading over to find your review. :) So glad I can peek at everyone’s now.

  2. Jen @ BE says:

    That quote!!! *hyperventilates*

    I am soo excited to be finally able to read Everbound! I’m so glad there’s a lot of Cole- I just love him! (But I like Jack too- his sacrifice at the end of Everneath was just wow…) But if the ending killed you, I’m kinda getting scared now. In a way, I want to put it off until the last book is almost out, but the wait’s gonna kill me. ;) Thanks so much for the review! :)

  3. Sooo… I’m here… That’s the first step…
    Now… I need to figure out… How to start reading this review…
    Maybe… From the start??
    Or the other way around??

    What do you recommend???

    #1nervousFiktshunStalker

  4. marissa says:

    sheeesh I was looking forward to this but you just made it sound even better. I definitely enjoyed Everneath so I’m happy for the good report on Everbound

  5. oh
    my
    god
    clouds
    and everything in between X_X

    I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU WROTE THIS REVIEW!!
    THIS REVIEW THAT WILL COMPLETELY COMPLETELY STICK WITH ME!!
    Maybe even after I read the book…

    HOW can you want Nikki to cave and go to the dark side!!!
    That is SOOO not good!! NOT AT ALL!
    And… Excuse me???
    Don’t use the —-> “…” on me… PLEASE!!! Just don’t!! You ACTUALLY use them to torture me… And… trust me… they have done their job…
    Also… ALSO!!
    WHAT????WHAT???

    That’s supposed to make up for this whole mean mean MEAN review???
    That you’re dying because you don’t know!!!! REALLY???
    SO NOT ENOUGH!!

    I shall ask Brodi to join your list of authors that revel in the suffering that their teasers cause to their readers… And if she doesn’t want I can always go to Leah AND Scott Tracey…

    Anyway…
    This is NOT the end of me… I’m SOOO freaking DYING to read this book is NOT funny at all… So don’t be surprised if I come back here to vent some more and comment on things that might have escaped my notice this one time…

    ALSO! ALSO! ALSO!
    THAT is your favorite passage??
    PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!! Why did you share it!!!
    I’m going to CRYYY
    CRYYY
    CRYYY shamelessly infront of everyone right this second!!

    -JACK!!!! JACK!!!-
    -dies-

    #1FiktshunDeadStalker

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