Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 21st, 2014
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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?
There are times when the conclusion to a series you love disappoints you, and you’re left emotionally fraught; you’re left feeling like the characters made some grievous decision, like you didn’t get enough of a resolution, or that things just didn’t go as expected. And then there are times when the conclusion to a series you love disappoints you, and you’re left wondering why you had cared about the characters at all. Unfortunately, Evertrue is disappointing like the latter.
While not the main reason I was disappointed with Evertrue, the lack of coherent plot definitely played a main part in my overall disenchantment with this series. After deciding that she would rather die than go to the Feed, Nikki and Jack decide that their only course of action is to destroy the Everneath. What came next was almost 300 pages of Nikki and Jack scampering about, collecting valuable items needed in their fight against the Everneath amidst scenes of angst, general posturing and reassurances that a positive attitude and true love would conquer all. While I didn’t necessarily find that their plan to destroy the Everneath was incoherent, the manner in which they set out to do it was so ridiculous that I had a hard time staying invested in their struggle. Between convincing a Professor that the Everneath wasn’t a hypothetical place, frequent visits to the Everneath to visit Ashe who magically had the next clue they needed, and Cole suddenly remembering something that might help them, I found I couldn’t find the energy to care about whether or not they would succeed. [Read more…]