Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
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?
In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.
It’s over … it’s actually over. The Everneath series has come to an end. This series has been a big bundle of emotions for me. Everneath and Everbound ripped my heart out, and I loved it! So I was expecting Evertrue to take me on another ride aboard the emotional rollercoaster. Hell, I was looking forward to it! Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as strong as the first two books. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it a lot and was happy with the outcome, but it just didn’t feel as strong as the previous books.
After the ending of Everbound, I was beyond eager to find out what would happen in Evertrue. It was driving me crazy, needing to know how everything was going to end. I contemplated various outcomes and prepared myself for whichever way Brodi Ashton took it. Good or bad, I was ready! I was expecting Ashton to go all out, but that’s not quite what happened. The story seemed to drag at times, and I was surprised at how quick and easy a certain issue towards the end was resolved. It also seemed to lack the heart-jerking ‘oh snap’ moments I loved so much in the previous books. I mean, I really was ultimately pleased with it and was left with a smile, but it didn’t blow me away.
What I do love about this series is how solid and strong Nikki and Jack’s relationship is. Nikki’s love for Jack never once wavers, and I appreciate that. It’s believable and easy to truly feel what they share with one another. Jack has gone through some changes, but he is a constant rock for Nikki. Almost literally sometimes. While some of their decisions seemed … not so bright, I really liked that they were a team in Evertrue.
Then we have Cole. My feeling about him are complicated. I’ve wanted to wring Cole’s neck all throughout the series. At the same time, he always makes me laugh. The guy is infuriating, but I like him. I hate how he manipulated Nikki, but I understand why. Cole seriously made me want to pull my hair out, but I always looked forward to his presence in the books. Ugh! Honestly, I adore Cole. I really, really do. I even love that he drives me crazy. I fully understood the range of emotions Nikki felt for him, because I could feel them too. However, we did get to see a different side of Cole in Evertrue and it was nice, even if I did remain suspicious of him until the book was actually over.
Even though it may not seem like it at times, I am happy with Evertrue and how it ended. This is a series that won’t easily be forgotten, especially when it comes to Cole.