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Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

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Title: Everbound
Series: Everneath #2
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Publication Date: 14 Feb 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Fantastic Fiction

It’s been two months since the dark tunnels of the underworld came for Nikki Beckett. That night, Nikki’s boyfriend, Jack, made the ultimate sacrifice and took her place in the Everneath for eternity – a debt that should have been hers. Every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused, and wasting away. All Nikki wants is to save him before it’s too late, but no matter how hard she tries to reach for his hand, she can never find it.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 it seems Nikki has touched his heart, and surprisingly, Cole agrees to help in the only way he can – by taking Nikki to the Everneath himself.As they descend into the heart of the Everneath Nikki and Cole discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated, and more deadly. Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack – even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own…

REVIEW 

Please bear in mind that this is book 2 in the series and may therefore contain spoilers for the first book.

You are already probably aware that I entirely loved Everneath with all my heart, review HERE, I had a really hard time being patient waiting for Everbound but the wait was oh so worth it ((swoon)).

I was slightly apprehensive about this book as I knew Jack was going to be portrayed differently due to his sacrifice taking Nikki’s place in the tunnels. I need not have worried; the way that Brodi Ashton was able to include Jack via the memories Nikki has of him, kept Jack a large part of the story and provided magical glimpses into Nikki’s relationship with him. Nikki’s determination to rescue Jack was inspiring and her character development from Everneath showed a tremendous inner strength she hadn’t possessed before. She is still impulsive which can and does cause problems but she is less self-absorbed than before making it easy to see why Jack feel in love with her in the first place.

The narrative had much more of a fantasy feel to it than Everneath, enhanced by the map of the Everneath at the beginning of the book, the world building was quite simply astounding; each aspect of the Everneath coming to life within the imagination as Nikki navigated her way through it. The weaving of different aspects of Greek Mythology within the plot added depth to the narrative as well as some surprising insight to the story as a whole.

The most unexpected thing I found about Everbound was my change in attitude to Cole. As he guides Nikki through the Everneath he also shares some of his own memories with her, giving a level of understanding to his actions and motives as well as showing events that lead him to where he is in the present. As I got to understand Cole it was easy to fall for him little by little, something I did not think was possible at all after Everneath.

There are a number of jaw dropping twists within the plot that left me reeling. Combine that with the heart-stopping cliff-hanger ending and I am now on an impatient countdown to the third book. Everbound is a terrific addition to the Everneath series.

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