Everbound (Everneath Series #2)

Everbound (Everneath Series #2)

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by Brodi Ashton
     
 

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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

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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.

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

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy Wallace
With Jack trapped in the Everneath, Nikki tries to reconstruct the pieces of her borrowed life--the life Jack restored to her at the sacrifice of his own. Yet every night, Jack appears in her dreams, clinging to Nikki during the Feed as she clung to him but he is growing weaker. Nikki vows to free Jack, but Cole foils her first trip to the Everneath. She persists, finally threatening Cole with her own annihilation if he will not help her. She, Max, and Cole begin a perilous journey through the circles of hell in constant fear of discovery by the queen. They reach the Tunnels, but as Nikki tries to dig Jack out, Cole “kicks” her to the surface. Inexplicably, Jack returns but has changed physically, and Nikki discovers that she has lost her earthly heart. The Everneath comes to life in lurid descriptions of the circles of hell, weaving literary and mythological references into the mix. Ashton’s vivid images of the hands of the Forfeits reaching out of the earth are chilling. Subtle but solid character development makes Nikki’s and Cole’s actions ring true. Nikki’s dogged determination to rescue Jack clouds her judgment. She demands help from the only person who can enter the Everneath while keeping her concealed. Through clever manipulation, Cole’s real motives for helping Nikki are concealed until the final page. The surprise ending will leave stunned fans pleading for more. This worthy successor to Everneath (Balzer + Bray, 2012/Voya December 2011) will be in high demand. Libraries are advised to buy more than one copy. Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Desperation replaces melancholy as Nikki struggles to rescue Jack from the Everneath. Every night since Jack took Nikki's place in the Everneath's Tunnels during Everneath (2012), he has visited her dreams. While his presence gives Nikki hope he'll survive, it's clear his memory is deteriorating--unless Jack escapes soon, the Everneath will claim him completely. Nikki schemes to use Everliving Cole to gain entrance to the Everneath. The path to Jack takes Nikki through every danger that the Everneath can throw at her. Not only are the obstacles physically and psychologically intense, but they also draw from numerous myths (Persephone and Theseus and the Minotaur, to name just a couple) and Dante's Inferno. Every night, Nikki must return to the normal world to meet Jack in their shared dream in order to anchor him, but time spent with him is time she can't use to get closer to him. Cole still claims to love her, and he definitely still wants to make her the Everneath's queen. He guides her quest in order to keep her alive, as the entirety of the Everneath seeks to kill her. Alongside the literary references, the text paints a clear, cohesive picture of the Everneath's specific rules and order. The ending strikes just the right note, resolving this storyline while opening up a new one. Intense, intriguing and highly addictive. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
ALA Booklist
“A devastating cliff-hanger sets the stage for this Persephone’s final story. ”
Ally Condie
Praise for EVERNEATH: “I was pulled under by this bittersweet, beautiful retelling of the Persephone myth. Ashton’s lovely storytelling and strong-on-her-own-terms main character set this one apart. Wonderful!”
Becca Fitzpatrick
Praise for EVERNEATH: “Enthralling and suspenseful, EVERNEATH is pure indulgent escapism!”
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The second entry in the trilogy, a modern interpretation of the Persephone myth, picks up two months after the heartbreaking ending of Everneath (HarperCollins, 2012). Nikki Beckett is determined to save her true love, who selflessly gave himself to the life-sucking Tunnels of the Everneath in her place. Unfortunately, rescuing Jack requires the assistance of Cole, the Everliving being who originally lured Nikki into the Everneath, fed on her emotional pain, and now wants to use her to usurp its queen. As wary allies, Nikki and Cole agree to face the perils of the labyrinthine landscape guarding the entrance to the Tunnels where Jack is slowly wasting away. While the complexities of this frightening realm are richly explored and the murky intentions of Cole create tension, it's the memories of first love blossoming between Nikki and Jack that act as a compass in the dangerous underworld that give the novel its emotional core. The breakneck plotting never falters and perfectly sets up the cliff-hanger ending and final twist. Expect readers to be panting for the final installment.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062071163
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Series:
Everneath Series, #2
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
563,459
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Brodi Ashton received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Brodi has an active following on her blog, which can be found at brodiashton.blogspot.com. She lives in Utah with her family. Everneath is her debut novel.

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