17 Jun 2013

Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Everbound by Brodi Ashton
February 14th, 2013 · Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 368

Two months ago, the Tunnels of the underworld came for Nikki Beckett. That night, Nikki's boyfriend, Jack, made the ultimate sacrifice. All Nikki wants is to save Jack before it's too late. All Cole wants is to find his queen - and he thinks Nikki is the one. Both determined, both desperate, Nikki and Cole form a tense alliance, leading them on a dangerous journey to The Heart of The Everneath.

*Contains spoilers - so beware!*

After the punch Everneath packed and with how Brodi Ashton ended the book, leaving us in the lurch and desperately wanting more, I’ve been awaiting the sequel ever since. Maybe my expectations were too high because I’m sad to say, Everbound left me feeling…underwhelmed.

Everbound picks up two months from where Everneath left off, with a depressed, guilt stricken Nicky over losing Jack to the Tunnels. I'm a big fan of Jack so I totally got her behaviour but after a while it started to annoy me, as did Nicky. I liked her in Everneath, even though she managed to get on my nerves several times, but after reading Everbound, I’ve come to the conclusion that Nicky is a character that I have wishy-washy feelings for. As for Jack, he is undoubtedly one of the things I love most about the series (and was also the highlight for me of this book) so I did miss him and his loveliness but of course, it was how the story had to play out.

I didn’t get his appeal in Everneath and I still don’t – yes, I’m talking about the one and only (thank goodness), Cole. I like my fair share of bookish bad boys but that’s not how I see Cole. In my eyes, he plays the villain card and he does so, well. Sometimes I see the tiniest glimpse of a Cole that's good but 99.9% of the time is pure slap worthy-ness and so I find it hard to see his appeal. But hey, some would say Jack put's them to sleep so each to their own! *snuggles Jack*

The ending – I don’t even know what to say, except that it was like a slap in the face. There were tears, mind exploding occurred and if I didn’t already hate Cole, I now loathe him. Let’s just say, that after finishing Everbound, I was so angry that I couldn’t even stand to be in the same room with it. That’s some strong feelings, I must say!

I know a lot of people loved Everbound and though I didn’t personally, I’ll still be returning to see how it all ends in Evertrue. Here’s hoping that this was just second-book syndrome and that I’ll enjoy book #3 – I’m really hoping that’s the case!


If you’re still around after reading my crazy thoughts (you deserve a badge), let me know what YOU yourself thought of the sequel. Did you like it? Are you Team Jack? If so, virtual hi-five to you! Or maybe…you switched teams? O_o I’d love to hear from you!


  1. It's such a shame that you were disappointed by this book, Rebecca! I have the first book on my TBR pile and I'm SO excited to read it... but I might not carry on with the series. Hopefully it is - like you said - second book syndrome and Evertrue is better for you :)

    Thanks for the honest review!

    Zoe @ Bookhi

    1. My pleasure, thank YOU for your lovely comment, Zoe! I really, really enjoyed Everneath so I hope that this was just a once-off. If you do decide to give the series ago, I hope you like it!

  2. I haven't read Everbound but I have read Everneath and I didn't enjoy it all that much. So this series probably isn't for me.
    Good to see you blogging again Becca.

    1. Thanks, glad to be back :) And yes, I know the series isn't everybody's cup of tea, just like not all books are for everyone.

  3. Well, as sad as I am to hear that you didn't enjoy Everbound, I sort of understand your reasoning. Nikki bugged me, but maybe not as much. And yes, Team Jack. I hated Cole and even when it seemed like he had Nikki's best interests at heart, I was always wary of him and definitely never trusted him. Now I sort of see red everytime I see his name, having read Everbound. Bring on Evertrue! : )

    1. Yay for another Team Jack member and not that I'm glad you had problems with Everbound but it's nice to know I wasn't the only one! Here, here, bring on Evertrue! :)

  4. I'm glad to see someone else not like Everbound. I found it exceptionally boring and actually didn't end up finishing it. I was really disappointed because I really enjoyed Everneath.

    I'm kind of conflicted in my feelings about Jack. On the one hand, he's just so freaking nice. On the other, he can be a tad predictable (and not in the good way). He's almost too much of a "good guy". I think I actually slightly prefer Cole as a character, simply because he's more interesting to read about. He is a huge asshole though.