Series: Everneath #1
Published by: Balzer & Bray on January 24, 2012
Genres: Retellings, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Evertrue
Also by this author: Evertrue, My Lady Jane
It’s surprising how there have been so many books related to Greek Myth this year, even more relating to the Hades/Persephone story. In particular, I’ve read and reviewed Abandon by Meg Cabot and Solstice by P.J. Hoover. So far, I’ve enjoyed Everneath the best. It’s got romance, mystery, suspense, and paranormal intrigue all mixed in with the underlying theme of Greek mythology.
Ashton’s writing is so touching and emotional, after reading this book, I was compelled to do things out of the ordinary. Everneath forces you to think about what’s important in life and pulls at your emotions so deeply, I felt like I knew these characters and truly cared for them.
I’m generally not a fan of books that jump back and forth through time because they can often become confusing and cause me to re-read pages to see if I missed something. Ashton, however, does an amazing job with making the pages flow and she timed each transition or memory just right so that it added to the story’s appeal instead of detracted from it. Each jump was timed perfectly and she paints such a vivid picture, it’s amazing that it’s her debut novel!
Everneath drew me in from the very beginning, I cared deeply for Nikki and understood her love for her family and friends. I fell hard for Jack and his devotion to her, such an amazing character, I just couldn’t get him out of my mind!
Impeccable writing, unforgettable characters, and Greek myth. What more could you ask for?!