Series: Everneath #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 2nd 2012
Genres: General, Young Adult
Source: Hardcover, Library, My Own
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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...
I know I am a little late to the “Everneath” band wagon, but it is better to be late than never. I really enjoyed “Everneath” by Brodi Ashton. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out at all. Some authors can write really good adaptions for Greek mythology and others not so much but I think Ashton did a great job with adaption. Nikki “Becks” Beckett is a teenager girl who went missing for six months. Most everyone thought that she was on drugs but Nikki hasn’t told anyone the truth of where she truly was and what was going on.
Nikki is only back for 6 months. In that 6 months she wants to try to put everything back to normal. She wants to make up everything to her dad for leaving angry. She wants to be there for as long as she can for her little brother. Most humans that go through the feeding end up being part of the tunnels or they are gone. Most don’t remember their life before. Nikki does which is why she chooses to return. Nikki leaves the everneath just as she entered it. Still her and still young.
Cole is the everliving being that took Nikki to the feeding. Cole wants Nikki to chose to become an everliving rather than going to the tunnels. The tunnels power the everneath. Cole wants Nikki to be his queen and for them to over through the current monarchy that is in control of the everneath. Nikki keeps rejecting Cole because there is only one man that she truly wants.
Jack broke Nikki’s heart. Jack is the only person that Nikki can see in her mind as she is part of the feeding. When the feeding is over, Nikki just wants to get back to Jack. When Nikki returns, she discovers that Jack may have been affected by her leaving the most. When Nikki realizes how much pain she caused, all she wants to do is try to fix it and make things better but at what cost because all she is going to have to do again is leave.
“Everneath” really wasn’t that fantastic of a novel. The story wasn’t that amazing as I thought it would be but I failed putting the story down. I could not stop reading/listening no matter what I was doing. I had to know what was going to happen. This shows how amazing the writing was. The story may not be the best story I have every read or listened too but the writing was beautiful. Ashton is a fantastic writer and I think she did a wonderful job. The storyline could have been improved but at least she made it interesting for the reader.
The characters are pretty likeable for the most part. Nikki, Cole,, and Jack weren’t my favorite characters but they weren’t horrible either. The kept the story interesting with their interactions with each other. This is definitely a series that I would like to continue reading once I get my hands on the other books. It is definitely an interesting take on Persephone’s story.