Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Utah Book Review: Evertrue

Evertrue (Everneath #3)
by Brodi Ashton

The Goodreads Summary Says: **Spoilers for Previous Books**
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?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love

I Say:
3.5 stars
This book might be better than 3.5 stars, but I think that's an accurate rating for how much I enjoyed it. I was so intrigued by the premise set up in Everneath, and then I couldn't get enough of the world building and action in Everbound. So my expectations for Evertrue were probably too high (through the roof). And... unfortunately, it didn't meet them. I never realized how important Cole was to the story until Evertrue. He's intersting and plays dirty. I loved how Nikki knew she shouldn't trust him, but found she had to try anyway. Cole, and his anti-hero hijinks, are all the fun of the story. And, through a series of twists, he's not as involved in the plot of Evertrue as he is in the other books. I was so incredibly disappointed by this. I can see how the twists facilitated the plot, but it took all the fun out of the story for me. That constant sense of tension Cole brings was missing, and I found myself flying through pages hoping to get it back.

So instead of the fun of Cole, the book focuses on Nikki and Jack and their hopes of getting Nikki out of what happened at the end of Everbound. For me, the sweet, caring Jack of the first couple books was gone and he was replaced by more a brutish, cartoony character. My heart wasn't with Jack (or Nikki) and it felt like they were going through a checklist of tasks to try to bring the Everneath down. I felt like this big sense of danger, or conflict, was missing. The very end of the story was really enjoyable for me, and the writing there was so good. But I think taking Cole out of the equation the way the author did just made the story a bit of a disappointment on the whole

The Big Three:
Language: a couple profanities
Sex and Stuff: not an issue
Violence: some death and mildly gory scenes

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Utah Book Month Author Spotlight: Elana Johnson & WriteOnCon

I've had the chance to feature local YA author Elana Johnson and her books a couple of times on my blog before, so today I want to highlight something really cool she's involved with: WriteOnCon!

WriteOnCon is a free online writer's conference held each summer. This year's will be held this upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26-27. Elana is one of seven authors, and several agents, who will participate. They'll be offering critiques on queries, pitches, and first five pages for people who register and post on the WriteOnCon website.

And it's all free!

I wish I were a little further along with my own writing to take advantage of WriteOnCon this year, but hopefully I'll able to participate next summer!

Here's a little more about Elana Johnson, should you come across her at WriteOnCon this week:

About Elana Johnson: 
Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

Find Elana Online:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Utah Book Month Blogger Interview: Penelope

You might not know it around my blog, but August is Utah Book Month! And today I get to feature the awesome Penelope from The Reading Fever. Come learn more about her!

What are some of your favorite genres to read?
My favorite genre is fantasy--any and all fantasy. Urban fantasy is fun for me, but so is high fantasy. I just love escaping, and pretending there are entire worlds out there we don't even know about. And when fantasy doesn't do it for me, I like to escape into the past, with historical fiction.
What's your favorite book(s) in that genre? Outside of it?
My favorite fantasy books are: The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson (or literally ANY of his books), and the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Outside of the fantasy genre, I love Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory, and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
What is your favorite book-to-movie adaption? Are there any coming out soon that you're looking forward to?
My favorite book-to-movie adaptation has to be The Lord of the Rings. I don't think I have ever come across another adaptation where I felt the book was so fully brought to life. So much so, that some days--but not always--I think it is better than the book. *gasp!* Except for the few things that never happened in the books...but that's a story for another day. I just think it was something fans had been waiting for for a long time, and it delivered on every level. As for one I am looking forward to: I am absolutely looking forward to Mockingjay, which comes out in November! I love The Hunger Games, and have loved the movies, as well. I'm excited for Katniss to accept her role as the Mockingjay.
What books are you looking forward to reading during Utah Book Month?
This month I plan to read Bree Despain's The Dark Divine series. It has been on my to-read list for a long time, and for some reason I haven't gotten around to it. I also have The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson sitting on my side table, waiting to be read, and The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen coming in the mail. Add a few books by Utah authors that are available on Kindle Unlimited, and this month's reading is going to be great!
What do you like to do when you're not doing bookish things?
When I'm not doing bookish things, I'm either working, teaching, or learning. I work at drug & alcohol rehabilitation center for teens, where I get to learn exactly how long it's been since I knew what was hip, and cool. ;) It's a fun job though, and I love working with teenagers. When I'm home, I homeschool my son, so our days are filled with lessons, and field trips around the state. We like to learn out in the real world, so we're always going places. I also do photography, which is my ultimate dream job. I'm going back to school this fall, with the intent to pursue that path.
Ketchup, fry sauce, both, neither?
Fry sauce! Every time. In fact, my son participated in a culture swap with a family in Australia last year, and we made sure to include a bottle of fry sauce in the package. Because it is just that great.
You've taken a bit of a break from The Reading Fever. What have you been up to lately? Do you think you'll be back?
Oh, how I've missed blogging! I've been working a lot, and switched positions earlier this year, so I no longer had copious amounts of free time while at work. Now I've got to squeeze things in here and there, in between teaching and work, but I'm learning to manage my time better. I will definitely be back! In fact, planning posts for Utah Book Month is the boost I needed to get me back to blogging. I plan to continue after the month is over, so never fear! :)

Thanks to Penelope for answering my questions. Find her online: