Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
2 WTF HAPPENED?? stars
The Mockingjay Effect strikes again!
“What is the Mockingjay Effect?” you ask. Well, it’s a theory I came up with after the release of Mockingjay, in which the first two books in a trilogy are awesome, amazing, wonderful… and then the third book blows. Usually this only applies to YA dystopia, but I think that this book applies.
Where do I begin? Well, after Nikki rescues her love Jack from the Tunnels of the Everneath, she finds she is transitioning into an Everling. Why is this bad? I honestly didn’t care why. And then in order for Nikki to not die, she conveniently needs to feed off of Cole to survive.
Nikki decides that instead of just getting out of becoming an Everling, she must destroy the Everneath. All that flashed through my mind at this point was #DestroyTheEverneath . All Nikki needed at this point was her own webcast about it.
This book was over the top and made things way too complicated. I really wish the author had just killed off Cole in the second book, Nikki never starts the transition, and her and Jack live happily ever after. I want to erase this last installment from my mind.
I felt like we needed a prequel book or short story written as well. I didn’t understand Nikki and Jack’s connection/relationship went back so far and I felt like as the reader we were missing something. Same with Cole’s feelings for Nikki. The author would just throw in a past memory like “oh this will explain it” and think the reader would be happy. I wasn’t.
The first two books I was enthralled and entertained. This last book I ended up skimming. To Ms. Ashton, sorry for the rant, I really loved your other books, just not this one. And thanks to everyone else for suffering through my rant. Read the first two books, they are amazing! Just skip this one and know that everything ends with an HEA. Well for everyone but Cole who ended up like this: