Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.
Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?
(No, I don’t know what that sound is either, but gosh-darn-it, I’m upset.)
No, I’m not crying or screaming at the world or anything like that. This is more of a what-in-the-holy-heck-did-I-just-read-and-why-on-earth-did-it-end-like-that-because-no-just-no.
So, you want to know why I’m upset? It’s because of the stupid ending to the book. The stupid-stupid-stupid ending to this stupid book.
People tell you It’s a great book! You won’t be disappointed!
And I know what you’re asking: So, why, Hannah, did you give it four stars?
Well, me-talking-in-third-person, I’ll tell you why.
It’s because I really liked the story line. I really did. I had such high hopes for it, and yes, it was good, but I’m annoyed at the universe right now because I don’t think it should have ended in the way it did. I really, really don’t. And because I cannot say (aka, rant) about WHY it is exactly I’m so upset without giving away major spoilers, let’s just say that the first book in the series made me happy, yes, but the second book made me down-right exuberant in all my fangirling glory, but this one? This one broke me in half at the end.
I’m going back and forth right now between not caring and pretty annoyed because the one character in this book, the ONE character that I really, really loved, did such a stupid thing. And I don’t get why. Actually, I don’t get why it ended the way it did at all. And I don’t even think it was that one stupid decision that character made that has me so annoyed, no, I think it’s actually just how this book, to me, read like how so many YA ending books read now-in-days. It seems like the author just wants to end it and is trying to tie up all the knots in 300 pages or less. And a good 1/3 of those pages have nothing but nonsense about the-fictional-world-as-we-don’t-completely-understand-and-quite-frankly-don’t-really-care-about.
Maybe this is just me, but I’m more interested in the development of the characters and their pasts than the world they live in. I mean, yeah, the world around them is pretty darn important, and a book can be ruined if the world the characters are in just kind of falls apart (figuratively), but I don’t really like it when there’s 1/3 of the book about the characters talking about and trying to understand it, like the characters did in this book for understanding the Everneath. Particularly in the last book of the series, when I just really want to know the characters more.
So, me-in-third-person is still trying to understand, why rate it four stars?
Because it’s not a bad book. It’s actually kind of great. But the ending . . . (stupid, stupid decision *grumble grumble grumble*).
I think it’s the second book that really took the cake for me. It was just fantastic. I actually can’t remember everything about the first one, because it feels like I read it so long ago, but I remember I liked it a lot. I liked this one too, but I just really don’t think it should have ended the way it did.