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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Everbound by Brodi Ashton: Book & Audiobook Review

AUDIOBOOK
Everbound: An Everneath Novel, Book 2
UNABRIDGED
By Brodi Ashton
Narrated By Amy Rubinate
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
Release Date: 01-22-13
PUBLISHER Harper AudioMark on Goodreads
Buy the Audio: Audible
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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. Now she is 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. No matter how she tries to reach for his hand, she can never find it.

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 help in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole, along with Cole's bandmate Max, descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they'd anticipated—and more deadly. From a Lake of Blood and Guilt to Sirens' alluring tricks to insurmountable walls of rock and flame, the trio is given every reason to turn back and give up. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack—even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own. 
Review of Everneath

At a Glance:

Everbound is an incredible sequel to one of my favorite books last year.  With a treacherous journey, excitement and danger around every corner, and betrayal just waiting to hit you when you least expect it, this book grabs a hold of you and plays with your emotions like a Wanderer in the Everneath!

Audiobook:

I did like the reader, Amy Rubinate, but she was a little weird.  She was really breathy, which takes some getting used to.  Also, she doesn't sound like she's a teenager, which I would prefer since the book is in first person.  But she does a really good job at expressing emotion, especially the despair that is often present in the book, as well as doing the different voices and making them distinct and believable.  Overall, it was good and I'd recommend it!  Listen to a sample here.

Cover:

Well, yeah, what's not to love?  The darkness is creeping in!

Action:

There is quite a bit of action in this sequel.  With Wanderers waiting to suck out every last drop of their emotions, a queen who's bent on finding Nikki and destroying her, and the Everneath itself, which is wracked with every imaginable peril, there just isn't a whole lot of time to breath.

Romance:

The romance in this one was very interesting.  Considering Jack wasn't really a part of this book at all, Brodi found a way to keep their relationship alive, and keep you rooting for Jack, even if part of you wants to switch camps.  And then there's Cole.  Yeah, I'm not going to lie, it's so hard to read an entire book, and start falling for a guy, knowing there's no way he's ever going to get the girl.  But Cole is sure interesting to read about anyway!

Heroine:

Nikki can be a bit infuriating at times.  She doesn't seem like she's always the quickest gal on the block.  Cole constantly has to explain things to her, which can get kind of exasperating.  But still, you have to admire a girl who will dive into hell to save the love of her life.  She definitely won't take no for an answer!

Hero:

Who exactly is the hero in this book?  Well, I don't know that there is one, but Cole makes a pretty amazing anti-hero, and I loved learning about his past, and how he came to be an Everliving.  And he's just so devious!

Favorite Supporting Character:

There wasn't really anyone who stood out for this role.  I feel like Nikki's friend (name forgotten), her dad, the old lady she visited, Max, and Will all had good potential, but they weren't quite explored enough for me to really care about them.

Something I loved:

I seriously loved the ending.....which is really weird......can't say why.......
Oh, and Cole.  Which is also weird.

Something I hated:

Nothing really, though it may have been a little slow at some points, but it was minor.

Cliffhanger? 

Um....yeah.  Which I normally hate, but for some reason, I absolutely loved this one.  I guess if I'm going to get a cliffhanger, I just want you to slap me with it and slap me hard!

Would I recommend it?

YES!  If you like paranormal romance, this is definitely one of the better ones!

Will I buy/keep it?

I will keep my ARC.  I might buy the whole series in hard cover once they all come out, but I've been burned too many times lately on book three, so I'll wait.

Book Doppelgangers:

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr,  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

Content:
  • Sexual Content: Mild
  • Profanity: Moderate
  • Violence: Moderate
  • Other Notables: Mythology, Traveling to the Underworld/Hades/Hell/Everneath
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4 comments:

  1. I loved this one too. And dude! Cole!! That's all I have to say. I really loved how Brodi Ashton was able to keep the romance alive between Nikki and Jack too even with him not really being there. Nikki did get frustrating at times, but I respect her for what she is willing to go through to get her love back. Awesome review!

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