With books like the Percy Jackson series, Heroes of Olympus series, Abandon series, and the Starcrossed series 2013 was the year where I really got into Greek mythology. So it would be no surprise that I read the Everbound trilogy by Brodi Ashton.
Quick summary: book 1 was about Nikki Bennett recovering from going to the Feed with Cole. The Feed is where Everlivings – immortals – feed on a Forfeit’s energy for 100 years. The only problem is that time in the Everliving moves differently than it does on the surface. 100 years in the Everliving is only 6 months on the surface. The only problem is that Nikki wasn’t supposed to have survived the Feed. Because she has she belongs to the Everliving and the Tunnels are going to be coming for her. Jack – her boyfriend/ex – didn’t give up on her while she was gone. He commits the ultimate sacrifice by going to the Tunnels for her when they come for her. Book 2 picks up with Nikki trying to find a way to go down to the Tunnels to save Jack. She enlists the help of Cole who reluctantly agrees to take her down there. Twists and turns abound, ending with Nikki saving Jack, her running into the queen of the Everliving, and finding out that while down in the Everliving Cole turned her into one. And now he has her heart.
I’ll admit that I didn’t really like book 1, it took me ages to finish reading it. But after the ending, I had to read book 2, and it was so much better than the first one that I was really excited for book 3. There were so many options for Ashton to go in with Cole turning Nikki into an Everliving and taking her heart. She could have had Cole be a total dick and control Nikki’s actions, force her to go down to the Everliving and fight the queen. She could have made Cole disappear completely. Like I said the possibilities were endless.
So that’s why I was completely disappointed with the direction that Ashton did take with book 3. Cole did become a dick for like two chapters – apparently, because he holds Nikki’s heart she could only feed off of him. Not the worst thing in the world, but then OMG. He disappears. Turns out the Queen doesn’t take too kindly to her subjects plotting to overthrow her. When Cole does reappear he doesn’t remember anything. Uh…what?
Then there was the whole plot to destroy the Everliving. Yeah, okay, I’ll admit it was a good plan, but still…did Cole have to have amnesia the whole time? He was the best damn character in the whole trilogy.
Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Mediocre ending for a mediocre series that had a lot of potential to be amazing.
Bookshelf worthy? No. I mean, the cover art is fantastic, but the content isn’t worthy of a shelf. Rent for your library.