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EVERTRUE (Everneath, Book 3)

Author: Brodi Ashton

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Publisher: Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Tricked by Cole into feeding three times during their journey to save Jack, Nikki is becoming an Everliving. Jack is safe at home, but she is slowly becoming an Everliving dependent on Cole to sustain her. Time is running out: Cole will no longer be able to sustain her, and she will have to Feed on a human. When Cole mysteriously disappears and reappears with no memory of who or what he is, Nikki decides that it is time to act. Racing against time, Nikki, Jack, and friends work to destroy the Everneath once and for all. Hunted by Shades and the Queen, the group sets out one last time to the Everneath. Aided by Cole’s slowly returning memories, the group determines that the only way to accomplish their goal is to destroy both the Surface and the Everliving hearts of each and every Everliving. Destroying the underworld one heart at a time, Nikki is determined to regain her mortality. Will it be too late before she realizes the sacrifices of her choices? This is the final book in Brodi Ashton's Everneath trilogy, based on the myth of Persephone, goddess of the underworld. This is a High Interest / Low Readability option.

Type of Reading: independent reading,remedial reader, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: Read together: 13 and Up; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 12 and Up

Reading Level: 4.4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The concluding book of the Everneath trilogy is captivating, unexpectedly emotional, and heartbreaking. One of the most interesting points is when she shows readers Cole without all the walls he has built around himself. I formed more of a bond with him, and it added to the shock of the ending.
Ashton shows both sides of love. It isn't alwys about a happy ending. Instead, love is about sacrificing everything for the one you love. I don't want to spoil the end, too much, but ... While I like Ashton's message about love, I wish Nikki had chosen Cole over Jack. Nikki didn't see the depth of Cole’s love until it was too late. Yet, maybe it was better if the ending happened the way it did. With the choices Nikki made, this ending was for the best.

Evertrue is perfect for any teen. There are no scenes that are highly graphic, and there is no swearing either.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: The finale to the Everneath series will pull at your heart and you'll be spellbound to discover what happens.

Cons: Although the reading level suggests that it can be read by elementary school students, this is a young adult novel. The subject is a bit mature for them. This is intended to be a high interest / low readability book, offering older readers stories that match their interests and reading abilities.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a trilogy you'll read and enjoy, but once you know the fates of the characters, you probably wouldn't read again. If you're thinking about this as a gift, you need to give the whole trilogy.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Starcrossed (series) by Josephine Angelini; Angelfire (series) by Courtney Allison Moulton; Halflings (series) by Heather Burch; Forbidden by Syrie James; Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London EVERNEATH   NOBODY'S PRINCESS (Princesses of Myth)   SHIMMER

Educational Themes: This is mostly a book to be read for fun. It does raise some interesting questions that could prompt discussions. After reading Everneath and Everbound, you might predict the fates of the various characters before starting Evertrue

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult, fantasy, mythology, friendship, romance, young adult series

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015

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