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Everbound by Brodi Ashton
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Dec 15, 2011

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The Persephone myth is one of the most tragic and romantic in all of Greek Mythology. Even in modern incarnations, like Brodi Ashton’s Everneath trilogy, the story of a girl abducted and forced to remain in the underworld for part of her life still resonates. What the original myth doesn’t tell us is what happens after the girl breaks free, and in the case of EVERBOUND, chooses to return in order to rescue someone she loves.

As much as I enjoyed EVERNEATH and it’s modern take on the Persephone myth, I took issue with Nikki’s imbalanced focus on her boyfriend over her traumatized family. In EVERBOUND, that imbalance is even more glaring. Nikki’s mother was killed shortly before she was seduced into the Everneath. But instead of really mourning that loss, Nikki is so consumed with thoughts of Jack and how she can’t possibly live without him that she completely ignores her grieving father and confused little brother. The way Nikki reacts to her mothers death is given about as much weight as a dead goldfish. She barely acknowledges it. But Jack, her fairly new boyfriend, is gone for a couple months and she is on the brink of death herself. It just felt so wrong. I would have enjoyed this book so much more if just an ounce of perspective was given. Death of a loving mother should be so much more significant than a missing boyfriend.

The other irksome part of EVERBOUND was the info dumps. Most of the book takes place in the Everneath and characters are constantly stopping to explain some function or species or rule. It’s a fascinating world and the various myths are woven together very well, but there were a few too many ‘Everneath 101′ lectures. On the plus side, in order to find Jack, Nikki has to keep him foremost in her mind while in Everneath so there are a handful of flashback scenes from their relationship: sweetly awkward moments, fights, their first kiss. It really helped to explain why Nikki would risk so much for Jack and why his love had allowed her to survive the Tunnels.

Imbalances aside, Brodi Ashton writes well and drops plenty of surprise twists and revelations. The ending is particularly well done and shocking. It’s very much a Pyrrhic victory for Nikki: wonderful, awful, and inevitable at the same time. Looking forward to seeing how this one ends when the final book in the Everneath trilogy is released in 2014.

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