Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #2
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Two months ago, the Tunnels of the underworld came for Nikki Beckett. That night, Nikki's boyfriend, Jack, made the ultimate sacrifice. All Nikki wants is to save Jack before it's too late. All Cole wants is to find his queen - and he thinks Nikki is the one. Both determined, both desperate, Nikki and Cole form a tense alliance, leading them on a dangerous journey to The Heart of The Everneath.
Brodi Ashton!! You did it to me again! The woman is killing me with this series. When I finished Everneath last year, I was an emotional mess and needed time to recover. I loved that. But what were the chances that Brodi could get the same kind of reaction from me again with Everbound? Turned out those chances were pretty damn high, because I need time to get my emotions under control and reflect on it all!
Everbound picks up about 2 months after Jack sacrificed himself for Nikki, and time is running out if she wants to get him back. Cole is nowhere to be found and everyone thinks Nikki had something to do with Jack’s disappearance. The only way Nikki can save Jack is to find Cole and somehow get him to take Nikki to the Everneath. Yeah, that should be easy.
I do want to say that everyone should definitely read Neverfall (book 1.5) before reading Everbound. This is one of the few novellas I’ve read that actually adds a lot to the next book. It’s from Cole’s POV and takes place during the couple of months after Everneath. So yes, read it!
I was a little worried in the beginning of Everbound, because Nikki was such a downer. I know, she had ever right to be, but I don’t think I could have taken a whole book with her like that. Thankfully, she becomes a woman on a mission once Cole shows up, and I loved the change in her. She got more feisty and … mean with Cole. Which he totally deserves. I have a very complicated relationship with Cole. It’s not that I don’t like him, because I do. In fact, I kind of love him in a twisted way. It’s just that I have never trusted him. Never. I understand him, I really do, especially after reading Neverfall. I feel for him and his struggle with his feelings, but that doesn’t mean I want him anywhere near Nikki. The guy doesn’t know how not to manipulate people. So that’s why I got a little bit of pleasure out of it when Nikki was mean to him.
While they are in the Everneath, I loved all of the stories they were sharing. The memories of Nikki and Jack always made me smile. Another thing I liked was that Nikki’s love for Jack never wavered. Not once. No matter how her feelings for Cole may have evolved, she wasn’t wishy-washy about her feelings for Jack; he was always her priority.
The Everneath itself was a very interesting place. I really enjoyed having some of the journey set there, but sometimes it started to get kind of old. So I’m glad the author shook it up a little with Nikki periodically going back to the surface. The inclusion of Will and Max was great, too. Will was loyal and was willing to fight for his brother, and Max was loyal to Cole. This is another reason I was glad I read Neverfall first, because I understood the depth of Max and Cole’s relationship going into Everbound.
Overall, Everbound was a wonderful sequel. The author took me through a wide range of emotions, and pulled through in a big way at the end. She ripped my heart out! And I loved every second of it. I have absolutely no doubts that the next book will be just as great, if not better.
I just have to add the following for those who have read Everbound. If you haven’t read it yet, do not read the following! I mean it!View Spoiler »I knew it! Knew it! Knew it! Knew it! I never trusted Cole and knew he was going to pull that crap on Nikki at the end. Even though I expected it, it was still like a punch to the gut. I hope Nikki rips his none existent heart out. I still love him, but he deserves hell. A sad, selfish ass is what he is.
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