Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Pages: 368
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pub. Date: January 22, 2013
Source: Personal Copy
Series: Everneath (Book #1)
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "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."
Everneath left me in a state of panic and the apprehension continues at the beginning of Everbound.  Nikki is worried about Jack who sacrificed himself and is now stuck in the Tunnels.  She is trying to figure out a way to save him, but is frustrated because Cole has skipped town without a word.  Every night Nikki dreams of Jack and tries to be his anchor, which will ultimately keep him alive. She knows this is only a temporary fix; she must find Cole and get him to take her the Everneath in order to save Jack. Everbound, book two in the Everneath series, by Brodi Ashton is an edge of your seat adventure that tests the limits of Nikki's love for Jack.

Nikki is determined to save Jack at all costs in Everbound. Literally, she will go to hell and back for him.  Once she finds Cole, she persuades him to help her rescue Jack and he reluctantly gives in as he knows she will do anything to get her way. There are many flashbacks to Jack and Nikki's relationship before the chaos of the Everneath entered their lives and I loved revisiting Nikki's memories. Jack and Nikki's relationship is soooo swoon-worthy, but I must admit that Cole is starting to grow on me despite my best efforts.  

Everbound is all about the adventure to the Everneath and the various circles of Hell.  Nikki, Cole and company are worried that the shades will find them or worse yet, the queen.  Their very limits are tested in Everbound and often times I was wondering if Nikki would even make it past a certain obstacle. There are not only physical obstacles, but psychological, too. One thing is for sure: Everbound brings on a lot of action.

One thing that I love about the Everneath series is the fact that a lot of the story's plot is inspired from myths, such as Persephone and Theseus.  Ashton weaves mythology brilliantly into Everbound's story and I loved her literary allusions to Dante's Inferno.  

Although Everbound wasn't as good as Everneath, I was still on the edge of my seat and found the plot to be addicting! The cliffhanger at the end of the book was definitely a big one and I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy which comes out in 2014.

15 comments:

  1. I'm on the opposite side, where I liked this one a lot more than the first book. lol I thought those little flashbacks of memories with Nikki and Jack were so sweet. Such a great series. I look forward to seeing how it ends. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    1. I loved the flashbacks of Nikki and Jack as well. I am definitely looking forward to book three, too! Thanks for visiting, Sara!

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  2. THIS BOOK CHRISTINA!!!! I LOVED IT! Oh Cole, what an interesting character you are. He had me all over the place with this book, and then that revelation at the end? *dies* Didn't see that coming at all. I need book three immediately. So glad you love this series too!

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    1. I know, right?! Cole had me intrigued in Everbound. I know!! The ending was nuts. Can't wait for book three, too! Thanks for dropping by, Jenny!

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  3. I absolutely loved EVERNEATH and I am so excited to read this one! Brodi Ashton definitely left me in a panic after the first book. I love her writing style and I'm excited to get to know more about Nikki and Jack's relationship. Great review, I really need to get this book!

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  4. I loved Everneath and I am so excited to read this one. Brodi Ashton's writing is so beautiful and I loved how she incorporates the Greek mythology into the story. I'm really interested to know more about Nikki and Jack's relationship, and I've heard a lot about how Cole is a lot more interesting in this book. Can't wait to pick it up!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Everbound. I really like the incorporation of Greek mythology as well. Thanks for visiting, Andrea!

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  5. I really liked Everneath, so I can't wait to continue Jack and Nikki's story. I'm happy to hear that she used the flashbacks again, because I thought they worked great in Everneath. I am looking forward to see more of obstacles Nikki has to take. Great review :)

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. I love the flashbacks, too....definitely one of my favorite parts. Thanks for visiting, Mel!

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  6. "Ashton weaves mythology brilliantly into Everbound's story and I loved her literary allusions to Dante's Inferno." - Okay. I need this series in my life. I absolutely love mythology and have been in love with Dante's Divine Comedy for quite some time. So if there is allusions to Dante's Inferno, I need to read it.

    I also love the covers and actually have a book tattoo that a friend sent me of the first book.

    Great review and thanks for sharing! :)

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

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    1. If you like Dante and mythology, you should definitely check out this series. Thanks for visiting, Jennifer!

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  7. Now I'm so sad that I didn't get a chance to finish this one once I started reading it. Darn library and their three week check out rules. lol

    I can't wait to read the entire book to find all of the action since I only made it about 80 pages through I didn't get to a lot of action yet but I already have a feeling Cole is going to break my heart and make me root for him.

    Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad that you still like this series and that it is worth continuing on with. :)

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    1. The action definitely picks up as the story progresses. Cole tugged on my heartstrings despite my best efforts to ignore him! I hope you get to pick up Everbound soon. Thanks for visiting, Alexa!

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  8. I haven't started this series yet, but I do want too. I probably will wait till all the books are published. Cliffhangers are evil things! lol. :) Great review.

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  9. Just read and reviewed this book the other day and I absolutely LOVED IT! I think it's safe to say I'm officially hooked on this series and that I may be completely in love with Jack! There was one point in this book where i was like sympathizing for Cole but then that thing at the end happened and I was like OMG ABSOLUTELY NO! LOL
    The cliffhanger was bigger than the one in Everneath and i think this one just absolutely knocked the pants off of Everneath! I can't wait to see how everything ends up in the third book! I need more Jack!
    Great Review
    Lily

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