Google+ YA Romantics: Just Finished Reading … Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Monday, January 6, 2014

Just Finished Reading … Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Evertrue (Everneath #3)
by Brodi Ashton
To be published on January 21, 2014
by Balzer + Bray

Source: Thanks to the amazing Lauren of Love is Not a Triangle for lending me her ARC :)

Warning: There are inevitable spoilers for books one and two in the blurb below and in my review. NO spoilers for Evertrue.
Summary from Goodreads: Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die. Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. 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?

My thoughts:  Could 2014 be the year of the satisfying trilogy ending? I hope so! Like Into the Still Blue, I think Evertrue offers up a series conclusion that will please fans and readers.

As I was sitting down to think about these books, it occurred to me that I love the way they have evolved. To me, Everneath felt like classic paranormal romance, complete with angst, an almost love triangle, and endless longing. Then Everbound switched things up quite a bit, offering up a cool underworld adventure capped off by a shocking betrayal.

In Evertrue, we get it the whole enchilada -- the romance and the scheming and the action and a little bit of angst and quite a bit of gallows humor, which I loved. What felt like a love triangle in the first book evolved into something much more complicated and interesting -- three people whose fates are intertwined and who have varying degrees of love and resentment and trust and distrust for one another. I want to keep this spoiler free, but this trio includes a character who's furious and bent on revenge, a character who's calm and steady, and a character who turns out to be a huge wild card, both plot-wise and relationship-wise. Watching them interact with one another kept me guessing and was my favorite part of the story.

I also loved the big twist at the end of Everbound, and loved the fact that Evertrue was also chock-full of victories and reversals, surprises and a-ha moments. I love a book that can have me laughing one minute (at a great safecracking scene) then cringing in disgust (beetles … eeewww… don't ask!) On one page I was sighing at a sweet romantic scene, and a few pages later biting my nails in suspense.

I wished that the dramatic showdown scene near the end of the book could have been drawn out just a little more, but all in all, I really enjoyed this one. If you've started the series, I think you'll be pleased with the way things wrap up. If you haven't, and you enjoy mythology themed books and underworld stories, you should definitely check this trilogy out!

29 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this one too. I felt that it was a really great ending to the series and I couldn't have asked for more. So happy you enjoyed it too :-)

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  2. I read this one as well and enjoyed it. Need to review it soon too:) Glad you liked it, Jen!

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  3. Chayse read this and he told me he almost cried! I can't wait to read it for myself. Nice review!!

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  4. Okay, I had to really skim because I plan on writing this review later but I'm glad you enjoyed it! I still think the 2nd book was my favorite from the series. I'm all mixed on this one. lol

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  5. I'm so glad to hear that this trilogy also had a great fitting ending! I cannot wait to read it, cause after how Everbound left us, I just cannot wait to see it play out!

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  6. Lovely review! I'm so glad to hear that you liked it and that it's a good end to the series. I'm both nervous and exited to read this and Into the Still Blue!

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  7. Oh Jen! I'm SO happy you loved this one!
    I cannot wait to read it. I read Everbound a few weeks ago because I didn't want to wait any longer for Evertrue!
    I hope I can see more of Jack!
    Lis @ The reader lines

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  8. I think it was a wonderful ending to a good series. Finally a conclusion that lives up to the quality of the previous books :D

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  9. I am so excited for Evertrue!! It makes me happy to hear it holds up! The 21st can't get here fast enough.

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  10. I totally need to start this series.

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  11. *sighs in relief* I'm not sure I could have handled it if you hadn't liked it!

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  12. I own this series, but I haven't read it. I know I would love it, so I guess I better get started!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  13. I have read Everneath and I liked it but I haven't picked up the next book yet. I'm not quite sure why... I need to get on that!

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  14. I don't read this series but it makes me happy for you that it ended well.

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  15. I've read the first book and enjoyed it but have yet to pick up the second. I really can't wait to complete the trilogy! :) So glad you enjoyed this one! Great review.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  16. Very excited to check this one out-I've been enjoying the series so far and I hope I agree that it ends strong!

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  17. I agree with your assessments of both Everneath and Everbound, so hopefully that means that I'll end up enjoying Evertrue just as much as you did! And I do think referring to Nikki/Jack/Cole as a love triangle does it a disservice - it's so much more complex than that. I'm particularly interested to see what the "wild card" does in this book! Great review, Jen!

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  18. I LOVED this series! I am glad you liked it as well!

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  19. I'm about to start this one, and I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it! I was totally shocked by Everbound, and I liked it more than Everneath, and it sounds like book three keeps the momentum going strong. Great review!

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  20. After Everbound, I've been dying to get my hands on this finale. So it sucks that my trade fell through, BUT the lovely Sara has offered to loan me her copy, so all hope is not lost. :) I need to catch up on all these series finales you're raving about!

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