Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Publication Date: January 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three
Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book for review.
Without getting too spoilery, Nik is in the process of becoming an Everliving, a creature like bad boy Cole. And within a matter of days, she will be forced to find someone and begin her Feed. Unless she can destroy the Everneath.
I really enjoyed the first book. Creative, fast paced and easy read, Everneath was a good debut to the series. I read it fast and couldn’t wait to see what happened. Book Two was pretty great as well. It held a lot of twists and turns and best of all, Cole was front and center. While main love interest Jack was trapped, I experienced Cole as the lead male and realized that yes, he is lead male material.
So I was disappointed when I finally finished reading Evertrue. I’m not going to give anything away, but the last book fell really flat for me. First of all, Nik’s goal is crazy ridiculous big and too far fetched for me. She wants to destroy the underworld and has only a matter of days to do it. Plus, she’s armed with only her boyfriend Jack who knows next to nothing about the underworld and Cole. And let’s just say that Cole is not himself. Add that to the fact that Nik barely knows what she’s doing, having only been down there a handful of times and has little to no idea on how to go about this. Oh, did I mention she gets information from some random professor who is feeding them myths, legends and the occasional advice? He’s thrown in there for some history on the world, but I felt like he was a walking encyclopedia and not really a character.
Next up, Cole was front and center for book two and that ruled. I have to admit, he’s the more interesting of the two male leads. Jack is bland, vanilla and even after his imprisonment, not very intriguing. (Sorry Jack fans) I was rooting for Cole the entire third book. And Cole had already been established as the bad guy. I mean, like, serious bad guy.
The settings are pretty amazing, descriptive and haunting. I like their paths to the underworld, I liked the Queen. She’s pretty scary, but she’s only scary because the Queen of the Underworld. I don’t feel like there is a lot of substance or motivation behind the evil Queen. Cookie cutter bad guy.
Still, I’m glad that I read the last book, even though it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. It’s still a fun series, easy to read, fast paced and I think everyone will fall a little bit for Cole.
Rating 5 Okay