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Evertrue (Everneath Series #3)

Evertrue (Everneath Series #3)

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by Brodi Ashton

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Inspired by the Persephone myth, this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, whose captivating first book earned a VOYA Perfect Ten of 2011 and a Whitney award, explores the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love. Perfect for fans of Fallen and Beautiful Creatures!

Now that Nikki has rescued Jack,


Inspired by the Persephone myth, this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, whose captivating first book earned a VOYA Perfect Ten of 2011 and a Whitney award, explores the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love. Perfect for fans of Fallen and Beautiful Creatures!

Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But after being tricked by Cole, she's begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself . . . which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon—or die. Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process, using everything they can think of. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally—but for how long? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him—and, together, they must travel back to the underworld to undo Nikki's fate and make her mortal once more.

Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the underworld—or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

Editorial Reviews

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!”
“Fans of the series will not be disappointed”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for EVERNEATH: “The author brings a fresh, innovative concept to young adult fiction with well-developed characters and a fantastic plot line .... Libraries are advised to buy multiple copies-this one will fly off the shelves.”
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Nancy K. Wallace
Nikki and Jack race to destroy the Everneath before the shackles on Nikki’s wrists doom her irrevocably as an Everliving. They receive unexpected help from Cole, who has lost his memory and willingly capitulates with Nikki’s plan to destroy the queen and her Shades, ending centuries of tyrannical rule. Nikki’s “surface heart,” which Cole originally stole, eludes them and their frantic search reveals nothing of its location. Nikki becomes dependent on Cole’s nightly feedings to stay alive and time grows short to save her life. Joined by Will, Jack’s older brother, they storm the Everneath armed only with an ancient sickle and the Helmet of Hermes, a pendant purported to have magical powers. Ultimately, it is Nikki, alone, who faces the queen and defeats her, succeeding in her goal but at a devastating cost. This fast-paced conclusion to the series rewards fans with a not-so-fairytale ending. Jack and Nikki destroy the Everneath but the action has far-reaching consequences, displaying Nikki’s naïveté at how the underground network actually works. Character development occurs subtly throughout the action. Cole becomes a much more likeable and sympathetic character with the use of shared memories and flashbacks. His love for Nikki becomes painfully apparent when he continues to aid her long after his memory has returned. Nikki and Jack devote themselves to eradicating the century-long “feeds,” even knowing that it may cost both of them their lives and Will joins the fight willingly. This is a well-written, satisfying conclusion to this innovative series. Reviewer: Nancy K. Wallace; Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Nikki and Jack's relief at escaping the Everneath at the end of Everbound (2013) is short-lived, as they face the highest stakes yet. Nikki's health starts to fail immediately as she transitions into an Everliving. She will die if she doesn't feed. A transitioning Everliving can only feed on the Everliving who holds her Surface heart--in Nikki's case, and to boyfriend Jack's ire, Cole. Worse, Nikki has limited time before she will need to feed on a Forfeit. She doesn't want to damn an innocent to the Tunnels--the fate she narrowly avoided in Everneath (2012)--but Jack and Cole will do anything to keep her alive. After Cole and his band are attacked by followers of the Everneath's queen (hoping to thwart their plot to depose her and put Nikki in her place), only Cole escapes, but he does so with amnesia. Nikki and Jack capitalize on his memory loss to convince him that he was working with them to destroy the Everneath for good (which would prevent Nikki from dying or having to feed), but they can't be sure how much to trust him, as his memories may return. As in previous installments, the prose is sprinkled with references to Greek mythology. The beautifully orchestrated obstacles and rising tension position the characters so that they must succeed or die. Although the denouement passes very quickly, the ending satisfies and will break some hearts. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After Cole tricked her into feeding from him, Nikki has begun the process of turning into an Everliving. Now Nikki, Cole, and her boyfriend Jack must journey to the Underworld and try to stop her transformation, in this Persephone myth-inspired tale.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Everneath Series , #3
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

BRODI ASHTON is also the author of Everneath, a VOYA Perfect 10 for 2011; Everbound; and Evertrue; and the coauthor, with Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows, of My Lady Jane. She 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 lives in Utah with her family. You can visit her online at www.brodiashton.blogspot.com

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Evertrue (Everneath Series #3) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Kat14 More than 1 year ago
I had so much expectations for this book....I kept counting the days until it would finally be here so I could read it and finally find that happy ending I was expecting for that certain someone..... I was disappointed the book didn't end like I was hoping it would but none the less it was a fair ending, not the best in my opinion. I felt the book was a bit boring at times, not much going on so I had to rush reading sometimes so I could get to an interesting part. I do recommend reading this last book so you can have closure on the series.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
First I have to say a HUGE thank you to Jen at YA Romantics for her awesome "Hot Of The Presses" post yesterday.  I had Evertrue on my calendar for release next month, so when I saw her post I bought the book right then.  I have been dying to finish this awesome trilogy! I loved the first two books in this series, and was seriously hoping that the third one would be just as good.  I get so nervous when the conclusion of a series comes out, because I want them to end the way "I" want them to.  Some series I have read end horribly, and it kind of ruins the series as a whole for me.  I am so happy to say that this book did NOT disappoint.  It was so fantastic. When I am reading a book that has a love triangle I always end up going for the guy that they never pick.  It's kind of a bummer..but hey, maybe I just like the "underdog".  Well, in this series I never wanted her with Cole.  Ever.  I didn't like him from the beginning.  His character comes to life for me in this book though.   In the other books he was just plain evil in my opinion.  In this book, he kept me guessing about whether or not he really changes or if it is all an elaborate scheme to get Nikki to yet again, do what he wants. I love Nikki and Jack.  They are just such a great couple.  Nothing has been easy for them in their relationship, yet they still fight to be together.  True love.  This book was so intense for me.  I couldn't put it down.  It's the ultimate showdown between Nikki and Everneath.  Nikki and Jack are determined to get Nikki's heart and life back.  Cole has other plans, he steal Nikki's heart and hides it from her so that he can keep her close to him.  Cole knows that Nikki has to have him in her life to feed off of to stay alive.   When Nikki misses a feeding, and they cannot find Cole, I was sure he had done it on purpose.  When they finally find him and he seems to have "amnesia" it was hard for me to trust him.  I like "amnesia" Cole so much more :).   While Nikki's shackles get darker they realize that their scheme to destroy Everneath has to happen sooner than later.  It gets intense.  They travel between Everneath and Earth as they determine the best way to destroy Everneath.  Just when you think Cole has betrayed them yet again, something new comes to light.  There are just so many twists and turns to this book.  Ever time I thought Cole had gotten Nikki right where he wanted her, something happens to show he was actually helping.  So, like I said before Cole kind of came to life for me in this book.  I don't want to give to much away, but I end up "kind of" liking him.  Only kind of though....hehe.  To me he had done too much to fully redeem himself in my eyes, but he was an AWESOME bad guy. There seems to be something happening to Nikki at all times, so she and Jack never seem to have moments of peace.  It makes for an exciting ride. The end of the book is fantastic.  This trilogy ended so well, and I am so glad. If you liked the first two books in this series, you will love Evertrue.
mochipup More than 1 year ago
Throughout this amazing series I've had sooooooooooooooooo many issues with Cole. I mean, first book, ya fine, hated Cole, and balled my eyes out when it came to Jack and Nikki. For crying out loud, he sacrificed his ESSENCE for her. Can you get more romantic? Yet somewhere in the middle of Cole and Nikki's journey in book 2, I actually found myself rooting for Cole. I was thinking that even though Jack sacrificed his essence for Nikki I would be perfectly fine if Jack died. Then they saved Jack. I found myself confused for a brief period of time, I was actually trying to figure out a sinnario where Cole and Nikki could still be together. Then, in a span of a paragraph, I when from loving Cole to wanting to jump inside the book and strangle him. I mean just ARGH...COLE...AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH....WHY!!!!!!!!! Then came the third book. I started off on the same spiral of hate thingy as Nikki did when it came to Cole. Then slowly, and the book continued on, I started to forgive him. That was until that stupid, awful speech, and the sacrifice at the end. I mean ARGGGGGGGGGGGGH COLE.... WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!! I found myself yet again rooting for him. I knew it was the last book and that there was no way they would end up together, but I still couldn't help hoping. Brodi Ashton twisted my emotions every which way. It was an amazing series that I LOVED and HATED so much. I found myself crying at, yelling at, and throwing this book (along with the other two). A.k.a. I can get really wrapped up in a good, vibrant book.
KKetch More than 1 year ago
Okay, to be honest, I’ve always had a bit of an issue with this series, particularly with the lack of research and back story. But when it came to Everneath and Everbound, I tried hard to not weight my prejudices into my rating. After all, they both had great plots to distract from the inaccuracies. That wasn’t the case with Evertrue. I felt Nikki regressed a lot in this novel. She was more self-centered and blind as ever. Throughout most of the beginning of the book, it was all about her. Meanwhile, I was concerned about Jack and his sudden changes. It was obvious he was having issues controlling his emotions and his new found strength, but she never took the time to investigate how this occurred or why. In fact, the lack of interest was really disappointing. In addition, I found the way Nikki took advantage of Cole was really piss poor. This is a small spoiler alert, but Cole suffered from amnesia in this novel, and Nikki really turned that fact into her wind full, which honestly, I felt was downright low. Cole became my favorite character in Everbound, despite what he had done at the end, and yes, I always hoped he’d find redemption. But he shouldn’t have been brain washed into it! I wanted to see him grow from the man he was, not lose his memory and have Nikki plant falsehoods in his mind. Seriously, that was just unethical on Nikki’s behalf. And finally, I hated the ending, and just because of what happens to Cole. I don’t know why authors think the kind of ending this series has is the solution to the problem. It really isn’t, and in my opinion, it just makes the main character look bad. Sadder still, there was a clear second option that the author could have used, but obviously didn’t. And I’m betting it was because of Cole and the whole “love triangle issue”. There was only one part of the book I liked. It was when Cole took Nikki to the Everneath to practice her power. And if the whole book had been done is a similar fashion, I probably would’ve enjoyed it. But this novel really made the series feel pointless. **Just a final FYI: In real ancient Egyptian mythology, the akh were souls of people who lived pure by the standards of Ma ‘at, passed the hall of judgment, and were admitted into Osiris’s kingdom—the ancient version of heaven. Not people who feed on the energy of Forfeits so they may live forever.**
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read Evertrue because I enjoyed the first two, and I want to see more of the story between Jack and Nikki, if Cole is really as bad as he seemed from last book, if everlivings will continue to exist when Nikki is done with it all, and get answers and closure for this series.           It started out fast paced and right where Everbound left off, and we get to see the romance, tenderness and concern for each other in the relationship with Nikki and Jack. And while I am not sure how parents in real life would handle teens who disappear and then reappear after months and days away, I think that it was handled pretty well. I think that they would try to instill their values and let them know how much they care for their kids, but that they wouldn't push them too far because they don't want to lose Jack and Nikki again. Hence Jack spending his nights with Nikki without much consequence.      The beginning didn't look too hot for ol' Cole either. Some of his actions I just wonder how he could have real feelings for Nikki or how could he do some of the things and say some of them and then stick around to watch Nikki's pain and struggle. When his amnesia kicked in, it was interesting how much things changed, but I think that we ended up getting a more clear and less jaded version of the man he used to be with out all the backstabbing and manipulation that he probably completely justified.      The ending suited the series, and I am pleased and satisfied. This has been a great series, and I have always been cheering for Nikki and Jack, so the ones who weren't then they are probably not feeling the same things.      Bottom Line: Satisfying conclusion.
book4children More than 1 year ago
After I read the first two books in this series, I fully expected to love the third book. I didn't, but I didn't hate it either. The reason I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two is that I felt emotionally disconnected from the story and characters. It felt like we were playing ring-around-the-rosie with the first two books. It repeated a lot of the same things from the second book, yet didn't really introduce much new material. There were more trips between Earth and the Everneath, more back and forth between Jack and Cole, more running around, more "disappearances". While I should have been glad that this book didn't veer off on some unrelated path, I wish that there had been more substance to it. However, I still devoured the book. Brodi Ashton knows how to keep me reading, even when I should quit (like in the middle of the night). I liked the conclusion, the way stories and characters got resolved. I liked the way Cole changed over the course of this book, which is something we didn't see much of in the rest of the series. I liked how Nikki and Jack both had to find it in themselves to forgive some people and let go of past hurts. Content: Some profanity and innuendo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved the first two in the trilogy, this series is still in my top 5 fav's, but the third one was a little lower than what i was expecting. i loved how the characters were all in it together still and i loved the whole premise, but i felt like it went too fast almost and i didn't much  care for what happened to cole around page 120 or so too almost the end, but i get why she did it (& im also a Cole fan so..lol). Also from the first two we know there has to be a fight with the queen and that scene i felt was something to be desired, it almost happened too quickly for me. But overall, it was still a great book if you have read the first two deff read the 3rd bc its still deff worth it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it so you can feel closure for the series. But... I didn't feel that pull to keep reading like I did for the other two books. Ending disappointed me... Didn't end like I hoped it would.
EverKrystal More than 1 year ago
What an amazing end to the trilogy. I had high expectations for this book and it did not disappoint me one bit. I loved it completely. I love her humor, drama, twists, and storyline. Good job Brodi Ashton! I look forward to more books from this author in the future.