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Quickie Review: Neverfall

Neverfall

NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton was released in the U.S. on December 26, 2012 in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The eNovella is published by Balzer + Bray.

NEVERFALL is a novella set between EVERNEATH and EVERBOUND in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series.

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Goodreads description:

A thrilling new novella from the author of the Everneath series!

Jack is trapped for eternity in the Tunnels while Nikki has managed to evade Cole’s grasp . . . for now. But Cole is more desperate than ever to find answers about Nikki, his best chance for taking over the throne of the underworld. How did she survive the Feed? Can Cole find another Forfeit like her who can survive it too?

Cole’s quest leads him to the other side of the world, to a mysterious, dangerous society known as the Delphinians, whose price for information might be higher than Cole can pay—a price that could destroy Nikki. But when Cole attempts to steal the answers instead, his mission ends in disaster. Faced with centuries in a Delphinian dungeon, Cole is confronted with questions he’s been too scared to ask himself: Is he really obsessed with the throne—or is he obsessed with Nikki? And can she really give him a new beginning as the Everneath’s king . . . or will she instead bring about his tragic end?

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NEVERFALL is an incredibly entertaining short peek into Brodi Ashton’s world of Everlivings and Forfeits. It’s told from Cole Stockton’s point-of-view and takes readers along for the ride as he attempts to learn Nikki’s secret of just how she survived the Feed.

It is the perfect length to help not only bridge the gap until EVERBOUND’s release, but to give readers a better understanding of just how Cole thinks and feels. About humans. About the ruler of the Everneath. About Nikki.

NEVERFALL, like EVERNEATH, alternates between the past and the present. This time it’s Cole’s past and present. Teasing just enough to whet the appetite, but still leaving readers with questions to bring to the second book in the series.

Filled with a mix of heart-stopping, swoon-worthy, nail-biting and heartbreaking passages, NEVERFALL will keep readers glued to the page and even more desperate for the next installment in the series. It will also make them incredibly glad they’ve never encountered a Delphinian Scholar.

Reviewer gives this book…

5

On a Personal Note…

I am not the biggest fan of novellas. They are often too short to give me anything but a tease. Or they are so disconnected from the main storyline that I don’t feel like it’s worth taking the time to read them. But that was NOT the case with NEVERFALL.

I knew I’d be reading this the second it released. I just HAD to see inside Cole’s… mind. I wanted to know exactly how he felt about Nikki. I wanted to see how much of a bad boy he really was. I wanted to learn just what his motivations were. And I wanted to find out if I was wrong for falling for him in EVERNEATH.

Well, I won’t reveal spoilers here, but I got ALL my answers. And I will just say that I knew I wasn’t wrong.

This short story gave me the perfect bite. It was just as awesome as I’d hoped it would be and it surprised me by giving me just a little bit more than I expected in the form of “The Delphinian Dungeons of Suck.”

I still shudder when I think of them. And what it could have meant for our “hero.”

I love how this leads right up to and overlaps just a little bit with EVERBOUND and explains Cole’s whereabouts. Something that Nikki doesn’t know, but I do. And I love, love, love getting to know Cole’s real name.

Nope, you won’t find that here. That you have to discover somewhere else… say, in NEVERFALL. Which is a MUST READ.

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Favorite Passage…

I actually had twelve passages I noted in this short eBook novella. Twelve. My most favorite one is spoiler-y. But then so are most of them. I do love this one though. Because it’s so very much Cole.

All I could see … all I could smell … was Nikki. The waves of her brown hair had the perfect symmetry of one of Mozart’s minuets. Her emotional layers had the depth of a full symphony.

All I wanted was to bathe in her harmony.

This review is based on an eBook I purchased.

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