Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Everbound by Brodi Ashton (and Neverfall novella)

Release Date: January 22, 2012

Series: Everneath (bk. 2)

Genera: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Subjects: Supernatural, underworlds, immortality, love, mythology, Utah

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 358 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HaperTeen: Barlzer & Bray

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Rating: êêêê1/2

My Review: I compared the first book, Everneath to Abandon by Meg Cabot and Falling Under by Gwen Hayes, both retellings of the Persephone myth. I also said that I was bored and confused and didn’t much care for Nikki. She was too depressing. Maybe if I was in the mood, I would have loved it. I gave Everneath 3 ½ star.

This wonderful, AMAZING sequel makes me want to take all that I said about Everneath back. This book redeemed everything. Nikki I much more driven, and a lot less depressed. She’s trying hard to get Jack back. She’s a lot tougher and more sarcastic. It kind of reminds me of how Kate from Die For Me changed in the sequel Until I Die. The first book the heroine seems flat and very depressed, the second book she come back all kick-butt and awesome. I like this Nikki better that the one in Everneath.

Cole is still the “bad boy,” but he’s a nice bad boy. He reminds me of Damon from the Vampire Diaries (in personality, not looks) or Kieran from the Paranormalcy series. He can be helpful, but very selfish. You love him for his looks and humor, and hate him for his self-centered actions that sometimes screw everything up. He’s a good bad guy or a bad good guy.  He’s very interesting. And his band, the Dead Elvises, which are awesome. Max is a great side character. Wish we’d see more of them. Max was in the novella Neverfall a lot.

I really enjoyed the journey and adventure parts of this book. When they went through the Everneath. The labyrinth of the Ring of Water, Wind and Fire. It was like Nikki was going through different trials to reach her goal. She told stories about Jack so she could project a tether so she could find him. I loved the flashbacks of her in Jack in the canyon where they were camping. I love imagining the desert/mountainous scenery of Utah. I’ve never been to Utah, but I really want to go there. Arches National Park is also mentioned in this book. I looked up the Fiery Furnace and the Skull Arch and they are beautiful. I really love that the author had more natural Utah stuff in this book. Everneath lacked in natural scenery. Everbound has a lot more descriptiveness to the setting. There were also some scenes of Nikki dreaming and seeing Jack. So this book continues with a Now/Then plot, plus the At Night parts.

So, I was really impressed with the sequel. And its ending was so OMG (I saw it coming but, still…not in that way). Can’t wait for book 3.

Cover Art Review: Just as beautiful as Everneath’s cover. I love the whispy, smokey dress. And the clouds. And the title.
Review of Neverfall ebook novella
Everneath series, 1.5 (sett between Everneath and Everbound)
76 pages, narrated by Cole
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: “A thrilling new novella from the author of the Everneath series!
Jack is trapped for eternity in the Tunnels while Nikki has managed to evade Cole's grasp . . . for now. But Cole is more desperate than ever to find answers about Nikki, his best chance for taking over the throne of the underworld. How did she survive the Feed? Can Cole find another Forfeit like her who can survive it too?
Cole's quest leads him to the other side of the world, to a mysterious, dangerous society known as the Delphinians, whose price for information might be higher than Cole can pay—a price that could destroy Nikki. But when Cole attempts to steal the answers instead, his mission ends in disaster. Faced with centuries in a Delphinian dungeon, Cole is confronted with questions he's been too scared to ask himself: Is he really obsessed with the throne—or is he obsessed with Nikki? And can she really give him a new beginning as the Everneath's king . . . or will she instead bring about his tragic end?”
My Review:
Pretty good. I think I enjoy Cole's perspective more than Nikki's. I didn't enjoy Everneath that much because Nikki was kind of depressing, but Cole's pretty awesome. He seems like less of a bad boy here. I suggest reading this before reading Everbound. You get to see Cole’s motives and learn more about him. He gets trapped in a dungeon and learns how much he needs Nikki. Also you learn about him and the Dead Elvises
~Haley G

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