Everbound (Everneath #2)
by Brodi Ashton
Summary: 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.
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Everbound was so captivating. After the events of Everneath, Nikki wasn’t going to give up hope. She was going to find a way to save Jack and herself. But she had no idea how and the mythology books she was piling in her room didn’t have any answers. Unfortunately, Cole was last and only resort.
Everbound was Nikki’s descent into the Everneath in search of Jack, with a mixture Egyptain and Greek mythology and hints of Dante’s Inferno mixed in. There were different rings of a labyrinth that Nikki had to go through, with the help of Cole, in order to have any hope of finding Jack in the Tunnels. While I wish the story would have mirrored the myths and scenery I’m familiar with in the Underworld, I was captivated nonetheless. The Everneath was certainly unique and dangerous.
In order to stay focused, Nikki often reminisced about moments with Jack to keep her tether intact and her memories strong. It was her way of holding on to him. I loved getting more of their story as she searched for him. Although I never questioned the depths of their relationship, I have to admit that Cole’s character grew on me. I think he really did care about Nikki and I felt bad for him. Even in the end. It was kind of heart wrenching, actually, because he helped her and forced her to hold on to memories of Jack to prevent getting lost in the Everneath, but I’m sure hearing the moments ate at him a little.
The ending really surprised me. I’m anxious to see what happens in Evertrue. I would recommend this series, but I will admit that it’s not my favorite mythology retelling. It’s kind of different, weird, and very focused on one singular action versus exploring a whole world of mythological elements. But there’s something about it that drew me in and kept me interested the entire time.
Labels: mythology, Review, YA