Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Title: Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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.
I have to start this off by saying Everneath is amazing. The love story between Jack and Nikki is beautiful and sweet. It is impossible not to root for them. Jack never gives up hope for Nikki even when she literally disappears off the face of the earth and they have loved each other since childhood.
Everneath is an unusual take on the Persephone myth with creatures that live forever but are forced to suck the life out of people to do so. We get glimpses of the origin story but there is so much more to learn. I love the idea of a spin on a mythological story (hence my slight obsession with Percy Jackson books but that is for another time and place.) The way the story unfolds with Nikki and Jack learning more about the Everneath is exciting. Cole, the pseudo big bad, being almost likeable at times is fun. He is the ultimate bad boy who is always tempting Nikki to choose the easy way out.
Everneath is told in a slow burn. Jumping back and forth between the present, with a countdown of how much time is left, and the past lets both stories be told in a way that is constantly moving forward. It put me on the edge of my seat wanting to know everything that happened that lead to Nikki going with Cole to the Everneath. Needing to know what happened between Jack and Nikki that could be so awful to maker her choose the unthinkable. Using the present and past device, lets the reader get to know Nikki and her story in glimpses.
Everneath really has it all great romance, interesting story, and characters that are complex and surprising. It is impossible to put down. I highly recommend Everneath by Brodi Ashton and cannot wait to read book two, Everbound.
What you will find here
- Unique and interesting story
- Great pacing
- Dealing with dark emotions
- A big bad that is kind of sexy
Summary and cover image from goodreads