Author: Brodi Ashton Website | Twitter
Stand Alone or Series: Series (Everneath, #1)
Genre: YA Romance/Mythology
Publisher: Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray January 24th, 2012
Hardcover: 370 pages
Available On: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository | Kindle | Nook
Description from GoodReads:
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being 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 months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's 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...
First Impressions: I admit that one of the main reasons I just had to read this book was because of its beautiful cover. There were also many things in the blurb that intrigued me because it appeared the author added a few things to the classic Hades and Persephone myth.
Plot & Characters: This is one of the books where even though amazing things are happening in the story the main focus is the characters and what they are feeling. Nikki was a very believable and likable characters. She goes through a lot in this book and yet she is still strong and determined.
The guys, Cole and Jack are both add important elements to the story. Cole is one of the main triggers that set this story into motion, he takes advantage of Nikki's despair to not feel pain and uses it for his advantage. At first, he appears to be the villain of this story but there is more to Cole and his obsession with Nikki that I hope the next book will clarify. Jack is Nikki's ex-boyfriend, so throught the story we are trying to figure out what he did to hurt Nikki. Yet, at the same time we cannot help but like him because of the way he acts when Nikki comes back from the Everneath.
Everneath has a great plot. It is told in such a way that allows for the action to begin from the first pages. It changes narration back and forth from past to present to tell the story of what caused Nikki to end up in the Everneath and what she is doing to not return and get her life back. The mythology is a bit confusing and it was the only things that i didn't really like just because I am still not 100% sure I understand how it works.
Final Thoughts: Highly recommended to those that enjoy young adult paranormal romance with a mix of mythology. Fast paced and emotionally engrossing.
Buy, Borrow or Skip: I would definitely buy this book. I love the cover and I think it is a great start to what seems like an amazing series.
*Thanks Harper Collins and Netgalley for giving me the chance to read Everneath prior to its release in exchange for an honest review.