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.
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Left Me Wanting More: I was hoping for a little more action and drama from the characters and the creatures of the Everneath. There was some, and a great couple scenes towards the end, but I guess I was hoping for more. Also, after they discovered how to go against the Everneath and the Queen, things felt kind of rushed and a bit too easy.
Final Verdict: Ashton does a great job and really delivers with this final installment. If you’ve been a fan of series, you’ll definitely want to see how it all ends. That ending really gripped at my heart and I was all kinds of emotional!
I've been a tremendous fan of this series from the start. Ms. Ashton handles extensive world building, deep emotional character arcs, and a complex plot that shifts around on its timeline with a deft hand. Readers are never lost, and the idea of an Everneath full of immortals and human forfeits existing below us in an alternate dimension feels as real as the book we're holding in our hands. With this stunning take on the Hades/Persephone myth, Ms. Ashton seamlessly combines ancient mythology with contemporary settings and delivers another story readers will find impossible to put down.
As always, the heroine Nikki is the reason the entire premise works. Damaged, scared, loyal, and fiercely determined to face an impossible task, Nikki's voice is accessible and honest. Readers will be immediately drawn to her and will desperately hope for her victory and redemption, even as it seems victory is the one thing that will remain forever out of Nikki's reach. The supporting characters of Jack and Cole are compelling in their own rights, and while their motives and emotional arcs aren't as accessible as Nikki's (due to the fact that the story is told entirely from Nikki's point of view), readers will feel invested in both Jack and Cole and in their eventual outcome as well.
The extraordinary scope of the world building is admirable. Two separate worlds--that of the Everneath with its rules, magic, and culture, and the contemporary world in which immortals prey on humans--are both expertly rendered. Difficult questions are raised in this series, the themes of sacrifice and redemption are examined, and all of it happens in the spaces between breathtaking action and heart-aching romance. The ending provides enough resolution for readers to feel satisfied with the trilogy, while still leaving some thought provoking ideas open for discussion.
What Left Me Wanting More:
While I found this ending to be satisfying and compelling, there were times during the climax when I wanted Nikki to come up with more answers on her own. I also felt that the climax was over almost before it started. However, upon closer examination after I finished reading, I realized that much of the third book functions as a climax for the entire series, and that perhaps Nikki's actions during the book's climax were a result of the author's focus on showing three very different people with entirely different agendas learning how to work together as a team. At any rate, these small issues did nothing to detract from my overall love of this book and of the series itself.
Hopeful, bittersweet, and action-packed, EVERTRUE is a strong finish to a stellar series. I highly recommend it.
It started out fast paced and right where Everbound left off, and we get to see the romance, tenderness and concern for each other in the relationship with Nikki and Jack. And while I am not sure how parents in real life would handle teens who disappear and then reappear after months and days away, I think that it was handled pretty well. I think that they would try to instill their values and let them know how much they care for their kids, but that they wouldn't push them too far because they don't want to lose Jack and Nikki again. Hence Jack spending his nights with Nikki without much consequence.
The beginning didn't look too hot for ol' Cole either. Some of his actions I just wonder how he could have real feelings for Nikki or how could he do some of the things and say some of them and then stick around to watch Nikki's pain and struggle. When his amnesia kicked in, it was interesting how much things changed, but I think that we ended up getting a more clear and less jaded version of the man he used to be with out all the backstabbing and manipulation that he probably completely justified.
The ending suited the series, and I am pleased and satisfied. This has been a great series, and I have always been cheering for Nikki and Jack, so the ones who weren't then they are probably not feeling the same things.
Bottom Line: Satisfying conclusion.