Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Balzer + Bray, 370 Pages
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Everneath #1
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.
This book incorporated mythology and teenage angst…so essentially I thought it was an incredible read. Again, I thought the cover was beautiful. (Cover art can make or break a book for me.) I kept saying this to Sash at ALA Midwinter…”GIRLS IN PRETTY DRESSES!” It seems to be a really popular choice of cover art and I have to say I am digging it.
The three main characters, Nikki, Jack, and Cole have this weird love triangle that I am hesitant to even call it that. Jack never stopped looking for Nikki even when she disappeared without a trace (with Cole to the Everneath) for 6 months on the Surface. She spends 100 years in the Everneath physically bound to Cole as a Forfeit. Since Cole is an Everliving, he draws her energy to continue his existence…but instead of throwing her to the side after the Feed…he realizes that Nikki isn’t just another Forfeit. She has not withered away as she should have and Cole feels some sort of twisted romantic bond to her. Nik feels some kind of pull towards him, but rather than romantic, its more magnetic…an after-effect of being with him in the Everneath for so long.
Bad news for Cole…Jack is gorgeous and has no problem declaring and proving his unrequited love for Nikki. Nik’s time on the surface is running out…the Tunnels are coming for her and she will disappear, yet again, leaving Jack to pick of the pieces of his life and her family’s life. But they aren’t giving up that easily…Nik and Jack are in a race against the clock, while fending off Cole’s plans for Nikki makes for a page-turning, heart-racing, soul shattering plot.
The premise is an original twist on the myth of Persephone & Hades and the love story of Eurydice and Orpheus. The ending…it reminds me of most of the mythological love stories and Shakespearean tragic love stories that I have come to adore. When I finished this book, my mind was churning with so many emotions. I was smiling, sobbing, and begging for more. I can’t wait to see what Brodi Ashton has in store for Nikki…I truly fell in love with her characters and am hoping that many other readers will feel the same way.