"EVERBOUND: An Everneath Novel," by Brodi Ashton, Balzer + Bray, $17.99, 368 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)
“Everbound” by local author Brodi Ashton is the second book in the Everneath series. While the author must be applauded for her creativity in the series, the romance in the story is at times overly dramatic.
In "Everneath," the first book of the series in the series, readers were introduced to Nikki, a young woman who discovered a secret world called the Everneath. After her mother died, a mysterious boy named Cole seduces Nikki. She quickly discovers that Cole is part of the Everneath and wants her to become his queen.
In the meantime, Nikki’s old boyfriend Jack makes the ultimate sacrifice for her. Jack surrenders himself to the Tunnels, a sort of hell that is in the Everneath world.
In “Everbound” Nikki embarks on a dangerous journey to rescue Jack from the tunnels. She makes an unlikely alliance with Cole, and the two of them go to the Everneath and attempt to find Jack.
“Everbound” is a unique piece of young adult fiction. The author draws on ancient mythology, including those surrounding Persephone and Dante among others, in order to form the plot. The world of the Everneath is a complex and innovative idea. Reading “Everneath,” the first book in the series, before “Everbound” will help with understanding the structure and all of the mythology of the Everneath.
Despite the appeal of the plot, the author goes overboard with the romance part of the story. The passionate and bittersweet love story between Jack and Nikki at times can be unbelievable. These characters cannot live without each other — literally. It is hard to believe that high school students can feel such devotion toward one another.
The unexpected ending of the story is the best part. The author throws the audience for a complete loop. The ending overrides any damage done by all the over-the-top romance.
All in all, “Everbound” is a worthy sequel to “Everneath.” Readers not enthralled with the love story can skim through the romantic sentiments if they want to get to the real plot of the story.
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Author Brodi Ashton resides in Utah with her family. "Everbound" is a family-friendly book. Beyond the characters kissing and cuddling, there are no sexual references and the language is clean. Readers age 14 and up will enjoy this book.
If you go ...
What: "Everbound" book launch and Brodi Ashton book signing
When: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.
Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.