Note: There will be spoilers for the other books in the series in this review, but I'll hide the spoilers for this book under a tag.
Well this book sucked the big one. The others in this series had some of the same issues, but they were really exacerbated in this book. Then take away the one thing that I found really interesting in the series (Cole) and it all just goes to shit.
Evertrue is the final book in the Everneath series, which to be honest is pretty mediocre to bad. The one thing that I really loved in this series was the authors ability to make a character that is seriously unforgivable in his asshatery. Like I adored the writing of Cole in the other books in the series. I wondered how she would try and redeem him, if she even tried to redeem him.
Instead this book took an overused trope and stripped the most interesting character form the story to leave a bland, overly convenient narrative that wasn't even worth the time I spent reading it.
Nikki and Jack are on a quest to destroy the Everneath so that Nikki can be human again and live her perfect live with a white picket fence, 2.5 children and a dog. The only problem is she needs Cole, who literally holds her heart, to stay alive.
God, I don't even like summarizing this. It's so dumb. Cole disappears when the current queen catches wind that he wants to overthrow her (something Nikki does not want at all) and NIkkis all dying now. Blah.
Seriously the first half of this book is pointless Nikki and Jack running around trying to discover things and only having them turn up in their lap. Like there are so many deus ex machina things that I am surprised my eyes didn't permanently roll into the back of my head.
Everything was too convenient. Things that needed more explanation were never explained, like a lot of the mythos and what the hell was happening. I really like when characters would disappear and no one would bat an eye. Urgh and it isn't even the worst part.
Cole. Cole. Cole. The ONE thing I really liked about this series. The ONE character written amazingly well in a story of cardboard sludge. COLE gets figuratively murdered by an overused easy way out trope... which I will rant about under the spoiler tag.
AMNESIA?! Really?! THAT is what you go with. You fucking try to redeem a character SO FAR from redeeming that it just turns him into nothing more than a yes man and sucks the life out of everything. There never really even was an explanation to WHY this IMMORTAL BEING got amnesia in the first place. Sure he was tortured, but URG!
He was so interesting, and then he turned to blah. Even less interesting than Jack which is saying something.
The ending is so predicable, but honestly that didn't have to be a bad thing. I read romance novels for God sake, which is like the pinnacle of predictability. It's the journey that makes it interesting. And this journey sucked. It was like the worst game of Clue ever played.
Also it was SO out of character for Cole, one he had his memory back, to commit freaking suicide. Just give the fuck up. Maybe because the whole Everneath was destroyed and there was nothing left? I don't know. NIkki was still left.
Also lets back up a bit and talk about Nikki. I understand they she wasn't pretty much treated like a pawn by Cole the last two books. Does that make it right to do the same to him? Her motivations were just as selfish as his and she ended up committing mass genocide in the process. I don't know how I feel about that though. I mean they were people who steal life from other people... but she killed them all without a second thought so she could get her picket fence.
And there was nothing about what happens after they turned to dust. I mean an epilogue of them in some sort of afterlife would have been nice to wrap up Cole. But nope. Nothing. He's just dead... like his characterization was in this novel anyway.
So yeah I didn't like this book. I powered through and I'll give it two stars for actually keeping me engaged enough to read it and not skim. It is creative. But it's creative in the most boring way possible.