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. (GoodReads)
ISBN: 006207119X, hd, 368p, 2014 Balzer + Bray, YA, fantasy, mythology, romance
Thar’ she blows! Spoiler Alert!!!!
Whoever wrote that Goodreads review nailed it. The Everneath finale was stunning, at moments heart-stopping, with a bittersweet climax. The Queen of the Everneath is chilling and there are some surprise moments when I did a double-take and thought, “Did the author really just do THAT?” Yes, she did.
I love it when an author takes a no-holds-barred approach and pulls out the stops (yes, two clichés in one sentence). Deal.
After Cole’s betrayal in book 2, it’s that much harder for Nikki to be able to trust him again, or for the reader. Ashton one-ups us with a plot twist you won’t see coming.
Then there’s the men:
Cole has this adorable 4th season Eric Northman vibe going on that makes my heart go all pitter-patter. If only he was a decade older.
Favorite Cole/Becca quote:
“I’ll trade you for it. I’ll give you anything. Almost anything.” He tilted his head forward in a challenging way. “Give me you.” “Anything else.” Cole raised an eyebrow. “You think I care about anything else?” (48-49)
Permission to swoon granted.
If you’re more in the Jack camp, you’ll be surprised (or maybe not) that he pulls a New Moon stunt like Jacob and his time in the Tunnels has left him with new abilities.
Favorite Jack/Becca quote:
Jack squeezed me tight. “I can’t ever seem to get close enough to you,” he said. “It’s impossible.” “I used to want to fill every nook and cranny,” I said sleepily. “My nooks were made for your crannies.” I felt Jack’s cheek pull up in a smile. “That they were.” (129)
Isn’t that terribly sweet?
Maybe it’s just me but I say a resounding YES!!
I really did not see the ending coming at all and that made me sad. Of course Nikki can only end up with either Jack or Cole. She can’t have both. Nikki’s journey to end the threat of the Shades and not end up as an Everliving means she’ll do anything, destroy anything in her path. This is a much darker Everneath and we get to see a lot more of Ouros, with references (geography, characters) to earlier books.
I thought that Ashton wraps everything up nicely but if I seem a little sad… let’s just say I usually pick the wrong side of a love triangle.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to friends interested in a contemporary paranormal read although not necessarily people looking for a Persephone and Hades retelling (that comparison’s off the mark). Harper Collins has some fun bonus features I recommend you check out when you get time, including Cole’s playlist and a Good Boy/Bad Boy Quiz.
Rating: 4 stars