Author: Brodi Ashton.
Published: January 22nd 2013.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray.
Sort: Part two of ‘Everneath.’
Review part 1. Everneath.
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.
I must admit that I had a bit of a struggle at the start (that’s the reason why this book is rated with 4/5 instead of 5/5 like Everneath). Nikki was a bit too whiny for my taste, but that changed quickly after her decision to save Jack. She is willing to do everything, so instead of complaining, she acts. I admire her for her strength and how she stood up against Cole. It’s always a relief when the MC doesn’t need anyone to save her. Nikki is quite capable of doing things on her own and she is intelligent enough to make clever choices. And when she does make a mistake (because she’s not perfect at all) they are understandable.
And Cole.. I do like him, but damn, he manages to give me mood swings. When I finally start to think he is good, he pulls another trick. The complexity and unpredictability of his character are great and he completes the story. Jack is just a sweetheart, but he doesn’t get much time to shine in this story.
The world-building was interesting. I liked the background story about the Everneath and the different trials Nikki needs to survive in order to save Jack. The queen definitely likes her privacy, because those rings around her house (in the centre) are hard! I knew the queen’s identity for a while, but I still like the story Ashton created here.
The twist at the ending was awesome. I didn’t see it coming and I was surprised how cunning Cole really is. His way to trap Nikki was crafty and I must say: well played boy! I really liked the somewhat closed ending, but it still makes me very curious and excited for Evertrue!