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Publisher: Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013
Material: hard cover
Summary: Nikki Beckett lives a borrowed life. Her boyfriend Jack sacrificed his life for hers when the Everneath came to claim her. Overwhelmed with grief, she can only helplessly watch through her dreams as Jack slowly loses his life energy and succumbs to a near death state. Determined to find him before it is too late, Nikki desperately turns to the one person who has the least reason to help: Cole, the Everliving who first brought her to the Everneath, and who wants to claim her as his own. Nikki, Cole, and Cole's friend Max must travel through the Rings of Fire, Wind, Water, and Earth to reach Jack. It is journey that has never been done before. Hunted by the Queen and facing numerous challenges along the way, Nikki is ready to give up everything to reach Jack. But everything is not as it seems. Betrayal, lies, and the ultimate sacrifice lay in wait. This is the second book in the Everneath trilogy.
Type of Reading: family reading, indepedent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 12 and Up; read yourself: 10 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Brodi Ashton has created a delightful read with this second book of the Everneath trilogy. Her creativity at answering a reader's every question but not boring the reader is fantastic. She shows the many facets of a character's personality trhough plot twists and giving readers a glimpse of their past. The plot stays strong throughout and she leaves enough unsaid that book 3 will continue without floundering. over the course of the book and left enough unsaid that the third book would be able to continue without floundering.
To be honest, I do not like Jack and Nikki. My only problem with Jack is that he does not give Cole a chance with Nikki and remains way to overprotective of her. Nikki uses Cole, plain and simple. She uses his love for her against him by threatening to basically kill herself if he does not help her. The plot could be interesting if Nikki had given Cole and the Everneath a try before making any decisions because it would help the reader understrand more about living in the Everneath, as well as how Cole would have treated Nikki if he had gotten what he wanted.
This book is fit for any teen. The romantic element is a kiss and there are no graphic scenes. Borrow this book rather than buy it. You can't give this one as a gift without reading / buying book 1.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Well developed characters faced interesting choices - and not-so-predictable experiences - in this fantasy series for teens.
Cons: None, other than my personal opinion. Note that despite the fourth-grade reading level, library reviewers recommend this for readers in grades 7 and up.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book / series that is fun to read. The myth elements will appeal to lots of readers.