By: Brodi Ashton
Published: January 22, 2013
Published by: Balzer and Bray
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: We begin this story right where the last left off, with Nikki in the normal world and Jack in the Everneath feeding the tunnels. Nikki feels terrible for what happened, and wants to find a way to fix it, at any cost.
The story starts off a bit drab. Nikki is extremely depressed and mopes most of the beginning of the story, and is absolutely obsessed with finding a way to get into the Everneath to rescue Jack. She’s not at all herself, and is obsessed with finding Cole to figure out a way to get to Jack. Unfortunately, Cole Likes Nikki, and wants her to stand by his side as Queen of the Everneath, so the fact that Nikki wants Jack doesn’t help her cause.
As you may assume, things don’t turn out too well, and though she eventually gets him to take her, things aren’t even the slightest bit safe for her or her companions. Her journey to find Jack becomes a journey that will change her in more ways than one, and may, in its way, be the end of her life.
Once I got into it, I was really hooked. Cole became a completely different person to me in the beginning of this story. I began to actually like him, and want Nikki to be with him instead of Jack. I began to trust him, and feel sorry for the hand he’s been dealt. Things happened between them and I was too excited to see the way Nikki and Cole would soon grow. In addition, we learned a lot more about the Everneath and how it worked, and why Human’s should never go there. Everything connected and it was quite interesting to read.