Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

From Goodreads: 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?

My Rating: 2 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Having loved both Everneath and Everbound, I was really looking forward to finding out how Brodi Ashton’s Everneath trilogy would end. Unfortunately, Evertrue let me down in so many ways. 

*Note that in order to properly discuss my thoughts about Evertrue, this review will contain a few spoilers about the book.*

The main reason I was disappointed by Evertrue was because of the plot. While I was expecting it to be a daunting task to take down the Everneath, I didn’t find that to be the case through the story. For someone who was supposed to be so powerful, Adonia was defeated quite easily in the end. I’m surprised nobody succeeded in doing so before Nikki!

I also didn’t like the plot twist involving Cole. I still can’t believe that Ashton thought the only way that Cole would help Nikki willingly would be if he developed amnesia! I’m beyond pissed that she reduced this amazing, complex character to such a childlike state for a large chunk of the book! Then, once he regained his memories, I found it so out of character that he would continue to help Nikki, especially because he knew how things would end for him if she destroyed the Everneath. I can’t imagine Cole sacrificing himself for anybody!

The characterization of Nikki and Jack bothered me as well. For example, I found it very surprising that Nikki forgave Cole so rapidly for everything he had put her through, even if he did become a blank slate. Jack, meanwhile, had major anger management issues and only seemed to be good for his Hulk-like ability of superhuman strength.

Lastly, I was bummed out by the lack of flashbacks. Although there were a couple of flashbacks, I figured there would have been more since Ashton has been able to use them so effectively in the past. I definitely think Cole’s loss of memories would have been a great opportunity to share with readers more about Cole’s past. I would have loved to learn how he met the other members of the Dead Elvis, for example.

A conclusion that left a bad taste in my mouth, Evertrue was released in January 2014 by Balzer + Bray.   

Comments About the Cover: Every cover in this series has displayed a model in a pretty dress. But, I’m still confused as to how the “girl in a pretty dress” concept relates to the overall theme of each novel.


  1. Oh, MAN. I had mixed feelings about the first book, but was still curious about where the story was going until I heard all the rage over this last book. Now that I read your spoilers (yeah, I totally did!), I can see why people were so annoyed. As you probably remember from our cranky list a few weeks ago, that inconvenient plot device is one of my/our least favorite things.

    I'm sorry that a series you enjoyed had such a disappointing ending. :(

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  2. I just finished this one last week and had pretty much the same reaction. I liked it a little more than you did but not that much. I was really hoping for a strong finish but not like this.

  3. I agree with you completely on the Queen, I had expected more from that showdown as well and was surprised at how easily things were wrapped up. The thing with Cole didn't bother me at all though, I kind of liked seeing the way he surely was before he became an Everliving, but I can understand your point:) Sorry you were so disappointed by this one Z!

  4. I highlighted the amnesia part because I was curious and wow. I'm mad and I haven't even read the books xD I started the first but never finished and now I'm not entirely sure I want to. Sounds like a somewhat disappointing conclusion.

  5. haha, you weren't kidding about the spoilers! Well I read them anyway because as I mentioned, I don't have any intention of reading this series anymore, not if the ending was so disappointing. On the plus side, this review is very entertaining to me!


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