Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

May 23, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★½

Evertrue by Brodi AshtonEvertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
Published: February 27th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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3.5 Stars

Having finally rescued Jack from the dark Tunnels of the Underworld, all Nikki wants is to be with him and for life to return to normal. But Cole tricked Nikki as they journeyed through the labyrinth of the Everneath, and now she's started turning into an Everliving just like him.

Desperate to find a way to reverse the process, Nikki and Jack try everything they can think of. Even Cole becomes an unlikely ally, but for how long? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain control of the throne in the Everneath, and Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him. Together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki's fate and make her mortal once more.

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?

Another series ended! Evertrue concludes the story of Nikki, Cole and Jack that began in Everneath. Now Nikki is turning into an Everliving and has to find way to make Cole give her back her heart.

You can almost taste Nikki and Jack’s desperation to get her back to normal in this book, with them turning to anyone and everyone for help against the Everneath and its denizens. I like Nikki. She’s different from many of the confused YA protagonists and actually as some amazing agency. I think what really frustrated me about her is how contradictory she is. I remember, all the way back in the first book, that all Nikki wanted to do was get back to her life so she could spend more time with her brother and father, and with her boyfriend Jack. But ever since actually returning, I don’t think she’s actually spent more than a few hours with her family. She’s always gallivanting off on her next adventure, and it makes it hard for me to feel anything for her because. My opinion is that as someone who had already lost her life tragically early once, she should have made more of an effort to be with her family.

I remember that I was surprised by Everbound after being disappointed in Everneath – the sequel took the story in an awesome direction and I really enjoyed how Cole and Nikki interacted with each other. In this book, Jack comes to the forefront and we finally get to spend a little time with him and see his and Nikki’s relationship now (and not in flashbacks). And I agree with Cole’s assessment: I just don’t see it. Jack’s obviously changed both physically and mentally because of his ordeals in the Tunnels, but I rapidly grew tired of how aggressive he became. Basically the only thing he brought to the story was his brawn, and his love for Nikki, which I’ve always felt was a bit shaky. Cole’s devotion to Nikki has always impressed me, but in Evertrue his character is fundamentally changed by a spoilery event I can’t go into. I initially thought it was a cheap trick, honestly, but I think it ended up playing well into the narrative.

There is very little character development in this book – none of the characters really changed their tune or learnt big lessons, and they all came out of this adventure in exactly the way I thought they would.

The plot of Evertrue is abysmally predictable, and I must confess I ended up skipping a few paragraphs here and there just to get to the next major event faster. The action, when it comes, is exciting, but it is broken up by unnecessary, repetitive dialogue where Nikki doesn’t want to become Queen, doesn’t want to feed, and Cole and Jake try to influence her to their ways of thinking.

We get to see even more of Everneath and find out about its mythology in Evertrue. There’s some famous names from Greek mythology that crop up, which was exciting. Whereas I was happy with the way the information was imparted to readers in earlier books, I was disappointed here because the device is just this all-knowing professor who magically has all the answers, and of course, our friends at Google. I also found it hard to believe that Nikki and Jack’s education had never covered Greek mythology, and that they had no idea who Cronus was.

Overall, while I enjoyed Evertrue, I think it could have been a stronger book, and it’s particularly disappointing because it hasn’t ended the Everneath series on a strong note. I’m impressed by what Ashton has tried to achieve with the book, but I think it could have been better executed.

2 Responses to “Evertrue by Brodi Ashton”

  1. Kelly

    Totally agree Shaheen. It was entertaining, but that sassy quick wit was missing and it just felt her heart wasn’t in it. Do you think this might have been stronger if it had of been a duology instead? I really enjoy the new duologies out, generally most middle books succumb to filler syndrome, but I think this one sadly won’t meet the expectations of fans of the series.

    • Shaheen

      Hiyya! Thanks for hopping by 🙂 I don’t know whether it could have been improved by writing it in two books instead of three, although in general I agree more authors and publishers should look into this option. I think my disappointment comes mainly from the lack of growth: in the characters, the ambition of the story, and the writing style.

      One always likes to finish a series in a high, but I find myself wishing Evertrue had been a stronger novel in almost all aspects.

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