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Everbound (Everneath) Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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Like I said before, I'm a huge fan of Greek mythology, especially the myth of Hades and Persephone. The universe Ashton has created for us is so different from anything I've ever read, yet it mirrors and echoes the myths we are all familiar with.
When Jack was taken by the Shades to the Tunnels at the end of the first book, I pretty much died. I couldn't handle the knowledge that Jack was going to be buried alive, and I convinced myself to continue the series to find out his fate.
This book felt a lot shorter than its predecessor, but maybe that's just me. I flew through this in a day! I was spellbound by the narrative.
So basically, this book is about Nikki's journey to rescue Jack from the Tunnels. Nikki manages to rally Cole to her cause, and she, Max, and Cole venture into the Everneath to locate the Tunnels and rescue Jack. She must conquer the Rings of Water, Wind, and Fire if she hopes to reach her love, and along the way she uncovers some pretty crazy things (which I can't go into detail about due to spoilers!)
I loved this book because we got to see the Everneath. The Underworld as Nikki and Cole experience it. There was a lot of interior monologue in this one that I honestly kind of skipped over because I was so excited for the action to continue. Plus it was always the same thing: complaining about the emptiness in her chest and how much she misses Jack.
And that ending......YES. Now I'm dying to see how the series concludes! Evertrue, here I come! ;)
Then it starts to get interesting. Nikki, Cole and Max go to the Everneath to save Jack. During the book, it switches from present to past. I liked the past part is showed insights into Nikki and Jack. This one had more actions as the trio goes through the rings of the Everneath in the search for Jack. Cole risks a lot doing this for Nikki. I’m still rooting for him. The ending caught me by complete surprise, but I should have realized bad boy Cole had something up his sleeve.
I enjoyed it better than the first book, maybe bc of all the action.
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Everbound was Nikki’s descent into the Everneath in search of Jack, with a mixture Egyptain and Greek mythology and hints of Dante’s Inferno mixed in. There were different rings of a labyrinth that Nikki had to go through, with the help of Cole, in order to have any hope of finding Jack in the Tunnels. While I wish the story would have mirrored the myths and scenery I’m familiar with in the Underworld, I was captivated nonetheless. The Everneath was certainly unique and dangerous.
In order to stay focused, Nikki often reminisced about moments with Jack to keep her tether intact and her memories strong. It was her way of holding on to him. I loved getting more of their story as she searched for him. Although I never questioned the depths of their relationship, I have to admit that Cole’s character grew on me. I think he really did care about Nikki and I felt bad for him. Even in the end. It was kind of heart wrenching, actually, because he helped her and forced her to hold on to memories of Jack to prevent getting lost in the Everneath, but I’m sure hearing the moments ate at him a little.
The ending really surprised me. I’m anxious to see what happens in Evertrue. I would recommend this series, but I will admit that it’s not my favorite mythology retelling. It’s kind of different, weird, and very focused on one singular action versus exploring a whole world of mythological elements. But there’s something about it that drew me in and kept me interested the entire time.
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You may remember that at the end of Everneath, Jack sacrificed himself and took Nikki's place in the everneath AND THAT'S WHERE IT ENDED. There were indeed shouts up and down the country as eager readers couldn't believe that Brodi would leave us hanging like that! Okay, maybe she is an evil witch after all ;) Anyway, now it's Nikki's turn to be Jack's anchor and she keeps him alive through dreams. Every night, she dreams of him and reminds him of who he is and their love but she knows time is running out. Jack is getting worse and their visits are getting shorter and shorter. In the meantime, Nikki is in the middle of an investigation into Jack's mysterious disappearance topside and everyone blames her but Will, Jack's brother who knows what REALLY happened. Nikki knows that she's going to have to go back to the everneath to save Jack but she can't do it alone and the only person she can ask for help....is Cole. Surprisingly, he agrees to help and we're left wondering if he really is a good guy after all or does he have an ulterior motive? Is he just afraid of losing Nikki, forever this time?
You need to understand that it's REALLY DIFFICULT for me to talk about the plot in this book because holy baloney sandwiches, you are in for a treat. There are some AMAZING twists and turns in this book and usually, I'm THAT person, y'know, the one that guesses the ending, tells you who the killer is, let's you know what's probably going to happen next but Brodi GOT ME GOOD. I did not see any of her surprises coming and so yet again, I was totally blown away by the book. So much so, that I can safely say that Everbound in no way, shape or form fits the dreaded second book category. It's just as awesome as the first book, if not awesomer (yes, I'm totally taking artistic licence with that last word). With Everbound, I was sucked right back into the story from page one. AGAIN. How does she do it? What is this magic that Brodi wields over me?! And let me tell you something else, in my review for Everneath I told you guys that Jack had the edge over Cole and I feel like Brodi took it as a personal challenge to prove me wrong. You may not know this but I'm actually a complete sucker for the underdog and she made me fall in love with Cole which kinda surprised me and is totally a testament to her writing talent.
So by now, I don't think I reaaaaally have to tell you how much I loved Everbound because you should be able to tell from this review ;) This whole series rocks my world and just like last time, I can't wait to read the next book which is probably a year away. Waiting sucks but I know it will be worth it in the end.
EVERNEATH ended with a major cliffhanger and I remember being so upset about Nikki and Jack being separated in the end. They are one of my YA dream couples, best friends who discovered their romantic feelings for each other and a couple with a meaningful and eventful past. It was an unavoidable urge to see Nikki and Jack be reunited again in EVERBOUND.
In order to save Jack we are going back to the Everneath, which was a very well thought-out place, holding many secrets and obstacles to make Nikki's quest so much harder and a treat for fans of puzzles and solving riddles like me. I adore marathon-like quests with many episodes and different levels to test our hero's strength and his willingness to reach his goal. These kind of quests provide YA stories with an action-feel that can't compete with any big blockbusters seen on the big screen.
Nikki, Cole and his friend Max have to pass through different rings of the Everneath, a maze-like structure with elemental obstacles. Nikki has to fight the powers water, wind and fire to reach her Jack. Brodi Ashton thought of so many thrilling twists and turns to the story that I couldn't put the book down for too long. She knows how to lure her readers in, make them trust her and then make the ending another cliffhanger. Well played!
Alternating with chapters set during the Everneath quest, Brodi Ashton gifted us with flashbacks to moments from Nikki and Jack's shared past. How they weren't sure if loving the other would be the best option for their friendship or how to test if the other felt the same. And we read about their first kiss, too. Reading about all those details and extra scenes that didn't make it into the first book was like an early Christmas present. So damn well-written and addictive.
Again Brodi Ashton included a few myths in the story. Nikki is obsessed with them and mainly concentrates on the famous Minotaur myth. EVERBOUND has less on the Daughters of Persephone than the first book and the myth retelling/story balance actually improved from the first book to this sequel.
5/5 ***** EVERBOUND - A hellishly exciting quest about saving your one true love, with exhilarating elemental goodness and the right balance between action, romance and humor.
Myths, old love stories and new romances, a quest, an elemental maze and an evil underworld queen to fight. What else would an ambitious YA reader need for a perfectly alluring sequel. One of the best sequels that I've read!
Das Cover ist wie schon das Cover des ersten Teils wunderschön. Das Model gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut und ich finde auch, dass es sehr gut zu Nikki passt. Einfach total toll wie ihr Kleid in diese Wolke übergeht und davon verschluckt wird. Ich finde auch ihren Blick zur Seite ganz toll, das gibt dem ganzen eine tolle Atmosphäre. Für mich wirklich ein sehr gelungenes und wunderschönes Cover.
[Spoiler zu Band I]
Nikki hat nur ein Ziel. Nachdem Jack ihren Platz in der Unterwelt eingenommen hat, um sie zu retten, sucht sie verzweifelt nach einem Weg zu Jack zu kommen und ihn zu befreien. Mit ihren Träumen hält sie ihm am Leben, so wie er einst sie, aber sie spürt wie er immer schwächer wird. Ihr läuft die Zeit davon und so entscheidet sich Nikki selbst in die Unterwelt zu gehen und Jack zu retten. Das kann sie jedoch nur mit Coles Hilfe und der hat natürlich noch immer seine ganz eigenen Pläne mit Nikki. Ohne eine Wahl muss sie Cole vertrauen, doch kann sie Jack retten und welchen Preis muss sie dafür zahlen?
Schreibstil und Storyverlauf
Der Schreibstil von Brodie Ashton gefällt mir einfach richtig gut. Der ist so unheimlich einfühlsam, romantisch, poetisch und entführt einen in eine ganz andere Welt. Es gab in diesem zweiten Teil manchmal Passagen in denen die Spannung etwas zurückhaltend war und es mehr um innere Konflikte ging. Die konnten mich emotional aber so abholen, dass mich das gar nicht weiter gestört hat. Die Story entführt einen in die Unterwelt und die ist wirklich richtig gruselig beschrieben. Man wünscht sich vom ersten Moment an, dass Nikki Jack retten kann und sie bald wieder da raus kommen, denn es ist wirklich alles andere als ein schöner Ort. Ich bin so in die Geschichte und vor allen in Nikki eingetaucht, dass mich das Ende des Buches echt umgehauen hat. Es wäre eigentlich absehbar gewesen und klar, aber irgendwie habe ich mich genau wie Nikki in der Suche nach Jack verloren und war somit richtig geschockt.
Die Charaktere und ihre Entwicklung
Nikki ist eine sehr sympathische Protagonistin. Ich mochte sie von Anfang an und so war es auch in diesem zweiten Buch. Ich mag ihre ruhige, mitfühlende Art. Sie bemüht sich, um ihre Mitmenschen, geht sensibel mit den Gefühlen anderer um und macht sich um andere Gedanken. Sie wirkt zwar eher schwach, aber sie ist sehr stark und wächst tatsächlich über sich hinaus, um ans Ziel zu gelangen und das ist für sie: Jack zu finden. Ihre Entwicklung war toll mit zu erleben und es hat einfach Spaß gemacht ihre Geschichte weiterzuverfolgen.
Na klar habe ich Jack irgendwie vermisst, da er ja keine sonderlich große Rolle in diesem Teil spielt. Aber in den wenigen Szenen mit ihm war sofort wieder diese Magie zwischen ihm und Nikki spürbar und ich mag die Liebesgeschichte der beiden wirklich gern. Natürlich hoffe ich nun im Abschlussband auf ein Happy End für die beiden.
Cole ist nach wie vor eine sehr gelungene Gegenspielerfigur. Man erfährt in diesem Buch sehr viel mehr über ihn und auch seine Zwiespältigkeit. Es ist noch immer nicht klar, inwiefern er wirklich zu Gefühlen fähig ist, aber es ist nicht abzustreiten, dass Nikki ihm etwas bedeutet. Aber ich wurde zum Glück von einer Dreiecksgeschichte verschont, die mich doch sehr enttäuscht hätte. Immerhin ist Cole ein cooler ‚Bösewicht’ und sollte auch so bleiben. Am Ende beweist er genau das, trotz aller inneren Zerrissenheit und Tiefe.
Ein gelungener zweiter Teil, der mich erneut in seinen Bann zog und tief in eine wunderschöne Geschichte eintauchen ließ. Wunderbare Charaktere, eine spannende und romantische Geschichte, perfekte Unterhaltung für Urban Fantasy Leser.
While Everneath left us at cliffhanger, you would expect that everbound, the second in the series would give you answers and finally close all the loose ends. Yes the loose ends have closure, but the fact remains that everneath leaves us at another cliffhanger altogether which is not a bad thing but is also not good for the fans of everneath series.
While the first book saw Jack plunging his life for the sake of Nikki, the second book follows nikki’s efforts in saving jack and her love and interestingly it is cole who comes up as the savior for the day.
Why should you pick up the book? Because the story is weaved amazingly with so much twists and thrills that you will fall in love with the book and series if you have not already from the first book. I felt second book was outstanding and majority of this is solely because of the character Cole. If you loved cole or were even intrigued a tiny bit in Everneath, your prayers have been answered and Everbound brings Cole to you like never before.
I love the how the greek mythologies have been molded to make an amazing story by the author
While First book was ok, Second book totally made me fall in love with this series. Undoubtedly second book is the best with amazing revelations, story flow and beautiful, simple narration. Second book is for you if you loved cole and wanted more of him. The book is definitely a rush