Friday, March 22, 2013

Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

First line:
 I was picturing his face - a boy with floppy brown hair and brown eyes - when the Feed ended.
Nook ebook
5 stars out of 5
I honestly don't know why I put off reading this for so long. My sister read it and raved at me about how good it was, but I still pushed off reading it. I only started reading because it was on sale on Nook and I had also won a signed edition of its sequel, Everbound. And now I'm wondering what the heck I was thinking waiting so long. I loved Everneath! Ashton's retelling of the Persephone myth is truly unique.

Nikki is strong and not the least bit self-obsessed; just how I like my heroines! She has survived the Feed, which means she can become queen of the Everneath, but she chooses to return to her hometown on the surface, despite the fact that she can't remember anything except a boy's face. That was one thing I was convinced of reading the book, Nikki's memory loss. I didn't feel like she actually forgot everything; it seemed like she remembered an awful lot.

Cole is an Everliving, an immortal who needs to feed off the emotions of others to survive. I didn't really like him. He was so obsessed with Nikki and was always trying to manipulate her. But Jack, Nikki's boyfriend form before the Feed, I loved him. He sweet and patient and obviously hurting from Nikki's sudden departure six months ago and her subsequent return and personality change. He was so realistic.

I do wish Nikki's younger brother Tommy and her former best friend Jules had bigger roles in the story. They seem like very interesting characters.

If you love mythology, romance, and suspense, Everneath is definitely the book for you!

1 comment:

  1. I'm currently reading this book. I love it. It's so sad and so beautiful too.