Review: Evertrue

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Review: EvertrueEvertrue by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 21, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
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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.

Series endings are seriously tricky to get right. Tying up a world and the lives of characters if not entirely but satisfyingly is incredibly difficult. This explains why so few series endings are the strongest books in the series. Tragically, Evertrue is a case where the series ending kinda went splat. The more I thought about the book, the more issues I had with it, even though initially I was waffling on whether I liked it or not.

Let’s start with the good stuff. Brodi Ashton’s writing continues to be solid, as does her world building. The Everneath has a fantastical quality to it that differentiates it from the real world so perfectly. Her writing really sets the tone for the two locales. She also writes in a very visual way. Not being a visual reader, it’s rare that I have such clear pictures of events in my head, but Ashton’s writing evokes this in me, something that always impresses me. For example, there’s this one scene with beetles and let’s just say I was shuddering and terrified and whoa that was painful.

The overall plot of Evertrue is epic in scale. After the shocking revelations at the end of Everbound, Nikki is determined to destroy the Everneath or die trying. That’s a big goal. Meanwhile, Cole has his own plans, because he’s Cole and he eats scheming for breakfast. Mmm, delicious schemes. The stage is set for this amazing and heartbreaking showdown. What your reaction to this book will hinge on is whether you think Ashton accomplishes this.

Well, that, and how you feel about Nikki. Personally, I don’t hate Nikki, but I don’t find her particularly fascinating. I’m in this series for Cole. He’s the only character that I’ve really bonded with emotionally, and his plot arc in Evertrue will probably not satisfy most fans (more on that in the spoilers below). Based on the responses I’ve seen, whether you will enjoy this conclusion or not depends, to a large degree on whether you really care about Nikki. This is a question you can consider before reading the book, where the plot-based question is one that can only debated afterward.

Partly, my problem is one of expectation. I remember Everbound as being full of action, twists and pain. The pace was much faster than that in Everneath. With Evertrue, I feel like there’s as much happening as in Everbound but the pace manages to remain glacial. It’s almost as though events happened so fast that I couldn’t get my heart invested in anything before something else popped up. Throughout the book, Cole, Jack and Nikki are running around, being pointed in this direction and that, the larger aims changing from step to step. Everything goes by so quickly that I didn’t have any time to really feel concern for the characters.

My ultimate issue with Evertrue is that everything came much too easily. The group always had precisely the skill set or contact or trinket to perform whatever task they needed at the perfect time. Everything felt convenient, which is the opposite of how this quest should be. They’re the underdogs, taking on a whole world, and nothing about that should drop into their laps. That’s as much as I can say without spoilers.

If you’re sure you want to know, then read the spoilers. These are serious spoilers, so DO NOT CLICK if you are not prepared. View Spoiler »

Sorry about half the review being in the spoiler tags, but what can a blogger do when the reasons are spoilery? Honestly, this series was a rare one where my love was more plot- and world building-driven. Since the former is weaker and I didn’t have character-driven feels to distract me, I was left underwhelmed. Anyway, I think Evertrue will be a satisfying conclusion for readers who are more emotionally invested in the characters, specifically Nikki and Jack. I especially think the closing scenes will draw many feels from the bulk of the audience. I would predict Evertrue making most of the fans somewhat happy, even if it didn’t work out for me. By my reckoning, this is the weakest installment in the series by a landslide. Dear friends, I hope my black sheepiness means you all can be jubilant, book-loving sheep.

Favorite Quote:

“Can I be truthful?” I asked.

“You mean, can you be pessimistic,” Jack said.

“Truth. Pessimism. They’re sort of one and the same lately.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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5 responses to “Review: Evertrue”

  1. I loved Evertrue, but I totally get where you are coming from, especially in regards to the twist with Cole. That was really the only thing I didn’t like about Evertrue.
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  2. Kayla Beck says:

    I haven’t read Everbound yet, so I just skimmed your review. I’ll probably listen to the audiobook because I’m making myself finish some series this year, even if it is torture. I think your gif shows perfectly how I feel at the end of most series/trilogies and why I really don’t like reading past book one.
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  3. I just skimmed your review because I was planning on reading it soon but I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one! I’m sorry the plot was kind of weak and that you didn’t particularly identify with Nikki. I’ve heard that the ending is definitely really feelsy though, so hopefully I like it better than you did! But still, fantastic review! <33
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  4. Yeah, I lowered my rating for this after coming to terms with the glaringly annoying conveniences and the amnesia subplot. It’s still a high rating because I got all the feels from the ending, and I did love it while reading, but there are definitely some big flaws. Also, I think there may be an epilogue in the finished copy? I read a review saying that Nikki went to rehab and I was so confused.
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  5. I really liked this book and thought it was a solid ending for a good series, but I did have more problems with it than the previous books. I agree that it all happened too easy and I was a little bored in the middle. I thought it was very brave for her to end it like this, although it was an easy way to end the question around the romance. I’m still not sure how I feel about it personally, since he was also my favorite character in the series.
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