Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Posted February 14, 2014 | 23 Comments

Evertrue by Brodi AshtonEvertrue
Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.


Everneath Series


Everneath (#1): Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Neverfall (#1.5): Goodreads | Amazon

Everbound (#2): Review | Goodreads | Amazon


23 responses to “Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

  1. Oh gosh, I know how excited (and how long you to had to wait to read this one while Amazon got their act together!) you were to read this one. I am sorry it was a bit of a disappointment but glad that you still really liked it.
    I need to read the last two books, I loved the first one and the novella and I just never read further for some reason.

    Happy Friday and Valentines Day Christy. <3

    • Christy

      Haha, don’t even remind me of that mess. It was still good, just not as up there as the first two. That’s really good that you read the novella, though. I think it adds more depth going into the 2nd book, AND there things mentioned in the 3rd book that are from the novella.

      Happy Valentine’s Day! Or as I like to call it since I’m technically single: Independence Day. 😀

  2. I felt the same way about this one Christy! I enjoyed it very much, but it wasn’t as emotionally gripping as the first two books. I’ve had so much fun loving and hating Cole in equal measure throughout though, and I’m glad I’m not alone in my conflicted feelings. He was just such a well done character, I love that Brodi was able to make me like him despite what he put Nikki through. Lovely review!!!!

    • Christy

      It was still good though. Just not as strong as the other books. Seems like I’m mostly reading series enders lately.

  3. Sam

    Ha, Cole drives me insane too, but I can’t help but love his character anyway. And I’m so pleased to hear that Nikki and Jack were a solid team in this book. It’s a shame it wasn’t quite as strong as the previous two, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it overall. I hope to be able to pick it up soon! 🙂

  4. This series does sound like fun. I hope I get to read it this year. I read like a glimpse of it from amazon and was really enjoying it. Sorry to hear that book 3 wasn’t as strong, but that it was still a great ending.

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  5. Ahh, I’m so 50/50 with this series. I’ve read a few mixed reviews, and a friend of mine read Everneath and didn’t like it at all, which put me off it. But, I mean, a lot of people seem to really like it, so I guess it get’s better as it goes along? Though it sounds like it wasn’t as good as the second? Glad you enjoyed it, but shame it didn’t hold the wow factor as much, especially since it’s a series ender. Though, lovely conflicted feelings for a character are always fun.

    • Christy

      I honestly don’t remember if I liked the 1st or 2nd book the best. lol. This one wasn’t as good as either of them, though. And as for feeling conflicted about Cole, it’s in a good way. 🙂

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