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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. (GoodReads)


The Specs
ISBN: 0062071165, hd, 358pp, 2013 Balzer + Bray, YA, mythology, romance, fantasy


Nikki has temporarily escaped the Shades when Jack takes her place in the tunnels? but how can she possibly leave him there? Nikki believes that there is still a chance to save him and she’lll traverse the Everneath, oppose the Shades and risk discovery by the Queen of the Everneath to restore what’s been wrong. There’s only one problem — she must rely on Cole as a guide, the man who already betrayed her once before.

What did I think of Everbound?
It was okay. It’s hard to pull off a sequel that is as interesting as the first book in the series and the 2nd book traditionally has to bridge the gap between books.

Ashton does this and sets up the third book but the sequel feels more like an “Inferno” than a YA struggling with a love triangle.

This is an adventure story, there’s potential for this being a great story but it doesn’t quite get there. Ashton’s Everneath is an interesting world and we don’t get to see as much of this as perhaps we should. The town that we visit is neat. The grungy feel of the Everneath reminds me a little of the town in Mirrormask — a city of people who keep their heads ducked down lest they catch the eye of the authorities. Sort of.

Overall, I’m glad I read it. Will I read the last book? Probably at some point. If it’s going to be all politics, then I’m going to be disappointed. It’s been some time since I read book books so there’s a measure of detachment to either of the characters. I’m not rooting for either Jack or Cole to end up with Nikki. So I suppose I am ambivalent about that. What did you think of the book? Share your thoughts below.

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