Monday, January 21, 2013

Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everbound
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Pages: 368 pages (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: ARC won in a giveaway by Epic Reads
Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Promotional Materials and More: book trailer | author website

Everbound (Everneath, #2)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.


Review:


Everbound drop-kicked me in my emotions. For about ten minutes after I finished it, I sat around muttering "Oh my God" to myself because it shocked me that much. Well, that and "I'm going to murder Cole." The novella Neverfall left me with worries for the series, but the second book in Ashton's fantastic series shook them all off.

Nikki's unstoppable determination to save Jack from the Tunnels leads us into an action-packed book that introduces us to the Everneath outside the Feed caverns. It gets a little infodumpy at times as Cole and Max tell Nikki about the layout of the Everneath (rather like Dante's Inferno) and the Walls of Water/Wind/Fire that keep people away from the center of their world, but it just barely manages to work because it makes sense for Nikki to know so little. The characters' development never suffers from the action and a few characters are developed further than I ever thought they would be.

The only reason a star has been subtracted is the writing. For the most part, it's readable and just right for the story, but it has its weaker moments. Like the word "whisper-yell" being used. I really do get that it's trying to get across that someone is whispering loudly, but "whisper-yell" is a bad way to describe it. There's also a section where Nikki helps Cole when he gets hurt and she directly tells the reader it's because she considers him her friend now, not because she needs him to help her find Jack. That's something we could have figured out ourselves.

The ending. Oh wow, that ending. Even though I finished the book last night, there are still times I pause what I'm doing (including writing this review; by my count, I've done it five times while trying to get this written) just to try and process what happened. You won't be squeezing those secrets out of me, but it's... I can't even. I thought I knew Cole after being inside his head in Neverfall, but he turns out to surprise us. Never saw it coming, and it's one of the best endings I've come across in recent memory.

It's going to be a long wait for the third and final book in this series, which will come out in early 2014. Until then, I'll just plot dastardly ways to kill Cole or make him suffer.

4 stars!


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