Description from Goodreads:
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.
YESSSS. Definitely yes! The first two things that pop into my mind while thinking back what sort of reading experience Everbound was: lots of lovely lovely scenes of Nikki and Jack, and the ending!! I need to know what happens next! Too bad that Evertrue, the third and final book of the trilogy costs £11.99 which is just too expensive for a student like me to buy, especially when it's a paperback. I think I need to wait a month or two for the price to g o down a bit or try to find a used copy that's in a prime condition. Because I need to know what happens next, ugh!
Ashton definitely didn't let me down with the second book even though I was a bit worried how the book would turn out to be. Even though the story was a bit predictable from time to time, and it took some time to get the action going, the book was so good! I loved the depiction of Everneath and in fact, I wished that we would have gotten even more of it. On the first few pages (at least my copy) had this beautiful drawing of Everneath and its different layers. I was so pleased that we finally got to know what sort of place it really is and how are the beings which inhabit the place.
Just like in the first book, we get really sweet and romantic flashbacks to Nikki's past when she was still friends with Jack which I totally loved because Jack is one perfect love interest! The flashbacks might have been some of my favourite scenes, which is a bit weird because I'm not all about fluffy scenes, but the scenes with Jack and Nikki were so perfect, that ughh. I just can't. You need to read so you get what I'm meaning! I was also a bit surprised the fact that even though I'm team Jack to the end, I started also warming up for Cole. He can be a pretty decent guy when he wants, but also totally self-absorbed and selfish which just makes me both love and hate him at the same time.
And how about the ending! I already said that the ending was just superb, but I just need to emphasise it once more: it all came out of the blue! I'm sure that it must have taken back quite many readers as Everbound ended in a cliffhanger which just might be one of my favourite cliffhangers as it was puzzling, sad, exhilarating, and just simply unexpected series of events. After I finished the book, I just rushed to my flatmate and rambled about the ending for at least 20 minutes and how I couldn't believe what just had happened. That's how you write a good cliffhanger!
So yes, as you might have deducted already, I really liked Everbound. It wasn't exactly perfect, but it kept me entertained and I'm really looking forward to the third book even though I noticed that Evertrue, the final book, hasn't gotten as positive reviews as the first two books. Yikes. I have to admit that I usually don't end up liking the concluding books, but I really hope this is not the case with Everbound series!