Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton
My Copy: Hardcover, 370 pages
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology | Retelling | Romance | Paranormal
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.
So, Everneath started of a bit boring for my taste and I wasn’t sure I was going to be all that into it or enjoy it as much as everyone else seemed to. But, I was WRONG! I was so freaking wrong, it’s crazy. Now, after finishing the book, I can’t even remember what I didn’t like at the beginning. I really can’t. This book was so very good. And that ending!! Oh. My. I can’t believe that ending. Now I absolutely positively must read the next book right away! No waiting this time.
I really enjoyed the story. I like reading new modern twists on Greek Myths and this one did not disappoint. Nikki, the narrator of the story, had a bit of a rough time a few months ago and made a decision that changed her life. She was taken to the Everneath. Now, after deciding to Return to the human world, she has six months to make amends and make a big decision that will affect the rest of her life. I really liked Nikki. I thought that she was relateable and easy to connect with. I really felt for her sometimes, but she could also be frustrating as hell! She is one of those characters that makes decisions or does certain things that just makes the reader want to slap the silly out of her.
Nikki’s boyfriend on the surface is Jack…well, he was her boyfriend before she left. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked Jack. He seemed like your stereotypical jock, with his many past girlfriends before Nikki. As it turns out, though, he really did love Nikki and he’s not the person I thought he was. He is actually very endearing.
Cole is the confusing dude who took Nikki and sucked her dry of emotions and, ultimately, is the reason she is facing the fate she is throughout this story. I’m not sure about my feelings for Cole. One minute I liked him and the next I couldn’t stand him. I guess I’ll have to read Neverfall
and see what my opinion is after that. Though, to be honest, I’m really fighting with myself because although I feel that I should read Neverfall
, I really just want to skip straight to Everbound
to continue this story that has enveloped me!
I thought the writing was decent. The story-telling was very good, as it was able to fully pull me in and I didn’t want to put the book down. I had one tiny issue, though. The novel has parts of the present (labelled “now”) and parts of the past, but the entire narration is in past tense. So, when the part of the chapter that was in the present and labelled “now” came up and then it was written in past tense, I found that strange. I think it would have flowed better if the past was in past tense and then when it jumped to now, it was present tense. Makes more sense to me.
I would recommend this book! Yes, I would. Okay…I can’t wait any longer…off to read Neverfall and Everbound!! 🙂