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review 2017-06-04 22:35
I'm feeling old
Everneath - Brodi Ashton

*sigh* It is evident I'm not the public for this book. While some of the alogoric content inside this was something that is important that is adressed, the whole felt all over the place. I think the part most inconsistent was Nik herself: selfish woe is me then all goody sacrificing. It could be that most of what I found annoying, or had me raging, was just age related stupidity, but *shrug*

 

I had also some specific issues: Jack is such a Stu. Somebody should have called Nik's dad on his bulshit: maybe he's trying, but he sucks at it and a chat was owed. No one really adresses how messed up Nik's little brother must be (I can't even remember his name).

 

At any rate, I'm likely done with this genre.

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review 2015-05-02 00:00
Everneath
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First off, this book was written very eloquently in my opinion, even the high school drama, mostly I think, because it was present enough to make the story realistic but wasn't overbearing. This is just a really great prose.
I really enjoyed all the characters, even the ones I didn't like. There were no filler faces aka wasted characters here. They all had a place. The cast is kept small and intimate so there aren't dozens of people to keep track of, which I like.
This is a retelling of the Persephone/Hades myth, loosely done. I mean, it is in modern times with Persephone dating the high school hottie and Hades as an immortal teenage guitarist. There was also a great deal of the Orpheus myth mixed in. They're pretty easy to identify as they are actually spelled out in the story. But it doesn't make the reader feel dumb.
I like Nikki. I think she has a strong mind and knows what she wants. Or at least, what she doesn't. She cares about her family and comes off as the All-American girl (pre-Feed) but she's insecure enough that you can't hate her for it.
I have to commend her for sticking to her beliefs about not feeding off of other people, even if that means not being queen and being sucked into the Tunnels. I mean, being queen vs the Tunnels doesn't seem like a hard choice, but she didn't budge and was unwilling to sacrifice her values. Good for her.
It was a toss up for me between Cole and Jack. I want to say "I 'ship it!" but truthfully, I don't know who I actually want to 'ship. For very different reasons. Jack is loyal and you can tell he really loves Nikki. Hello! He let himself go into the Tunnels for her! He never gave up on her. They definitely have their sweet moments like when he talks about the first time he saw her and tried to get her to bring him the baseball and when he gets her laugh again for the first time .
Cole is an entirely different bag of chips. I think in his own way, he really does care for Nikki, but it's hard to tell because he also wants the power that he believes will come if they're together. However, he's also stated that he doesn't even care if they rule together or not. He just wants to be with her. I don't know if I believe him or not. I think that will play out more in the rest of the trilogy.
It took me a couple chapters to figure out what was actually going on with the story. It wasn't hard though to figure out what the "Feed" and "Tunnels" and "Everlivings" were though.
I kind of had to speed read through this one to get in finished before it was due back. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the other two.

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review 2015-04-24 20:58
“I know he is wrapping my name inside of him, folding it in the blanket of his heart. I know this because I used to do the same thing with his name when I was in the Feed." --Brodi Ashton, Everbound
Everbound: An Everneath Novel, Book 2 - Amy Rubinate,Brodi Ashton

Book Title:  Everbound

Author:  Brodi Ashton

Narration:  Amy Rubinate

Series:  Everneath #2

 

 

☆☆Why I picked that quote:  I think it sums up the real reason why Nikki should be with Jack.☆☆

 

 

 

 

 

My Rating:

 

Plot:   4/5

Characters:  3.5/5 Nikki is still annoying, but getting better.

Theme:  3/5

Flow:  4/5

Originality:  4/5 This has been my first series with mythology.

Book Cover:  4/5 Not as pretty as Everneath...but I do like the smoke.

The Feels:  Not really.

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes, most definitely!

 

Overall Rating:  3.8 Stars

 

Synopsis:

 

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.


In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

A solid follow-up to Everneath, with the same hauntingly mesmerizing narration from Amy Rubinate as was with the first book.  I did find myself just drifting onto other thoughts while listening to this, though.  Almost, like it was too mesmerizing.  There is a lot more action is this book and that made the listenting of it go by very quickly.

 

That ending was a cliffhanger crazy, but it makes me want to read the final book just a little more.

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text 2015-03-29 17:25
March Wrap up 2015
The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
[Yes Please Audiobook] YES PLEASE CD Audio CD Audiobook, [YES PLEASE Unabridged by Amy Poehler] - Amy Poehler
Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians) - George O'Connor
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess - George O'Connor
Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians) - George O'Connor
Everneath - Brodi Ashton

Such  an  improvement  than last month  

6 books total   

2  audiobooks   (Yes Please and  fiery  heart  _

3  graphic novels  Olympian  graphic novels 

4 books from  the library Everneath   and  the  Olympian  graphic novels 

 

favorite  books   were   (Everneath  and  the  fiery heart   )

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-03-29 10:02
Book review- Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Everneath - Brodi Ashton

Summary-

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

 March  12-  29

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

 

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

 

 

Review-

 

Nikki Bennett went to Everneath six months ago and and it felt like one hundred years Nikki escapes but the shade is after her she has six months to say goodbye to her family and to Jack her boyfriend who she left . Cole the everling she spent all that time with wants to make her his queen she would be immortal and wouldn't have to go to the tunnels but she refuses to feed off people . What I loved about this book was the mythology the story itself was so engrossing I liked Cole yes I love my bad boy characters . I felt for Jack I wasn't a fan of him at first but as the book went on I just wanted him to be happy. He went though allot when Nikki was gone . Nikki is trying to make her amends trying to keep Jack at a distance but he wants to know what happened . Cole is causing trouble bothering Nikki trying to convince her to be his queen . Her dad wants her work at the soup kitchen where she meets Mary a strange old woman talking about the sisters of Persephone . When Nikki goes to the dance cole's band was playing and they started to affect people's emotions and Nikki was in the paper . Nikki goes to jack and explains where she went her mark is getting bigger after she leaves jack that night Cole shows up in his Neal disguise Nikki explains about Cole that he can change his look . Nikki and Jack go to work at the soup kitchen and Mary is there Mary asks if Jack has forgiven Nikki which I thought was a weird connection until things started to connect Mary is Meredith a girl who was dating Maxwell .when she went to Everneeth she aged but Nikki didn't because she had jack always thinking of her . When Mary was taken by the tunnels she told her about the bracelet so they looked at it and it had hieroglyphics on it they asked there teacher and a professor at a local college told them about it they were going for cole's heart . And it was all set out destroy the guitar but it didn't work he had the pick and the tunnels were for her but then jack goes in her place I was sobbing she can see jack in her dreams and she plans to get him back I loved this on I can't want to know what happens next .

Favorite quotes

Sometimes , when something hurts us , our hearts break a little- in a slightly more ... literal way than for humans . our pain sort of spills out and onto anyone around us . We call it a cracked heart .

page 191

 

Look , Nik , I know you don't like public scrutiny lately . If you stand off to the side , all moped and such , without a date , you'll stick out like a nun at a strip club. He leaned in . Trust me , I've seen one . A nun at a strip club , that is . Everyone was staring at her .

page 181

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