Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
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.
*Immediatly after finishing the book*
*2 days after finishing the book*
I think I’ve recovered enough to discuss Everneath(haha), but it’s one of those books that really struck me, so it’s hard to explain. I went through way too many tissues while reading this book. Believe me, that’s hard for me to admit, but it’s true. I’m not going to be ashamed that Everneath absolutely broke my heart. As I was reading it, I kept thinking how depressing it was. It was depressing because it kept ripping my heart out, and I don’t have much heart to spare to begin with. Honestly, I think a lot of it had to do with how it was written.
The very beginning is a little disorienting, the way the story jumps in with Nikki choosing to Return to the surface of earth, instead of staying with Cole in the Everneath. She’s been there with Cole, feeding on her energy/emotions for 100 years, but that only equates to 6 months on the surface. Her memories and emotions have been sucked dry, but there was one face that always remained in her mind…. Jack.
Once Nikki returns, she has 6 months before she’ll be ripped down to the Tunnels, or return with Cole as an Everliving and feed off of people. The way Ashton wrote this was great. It’s told as sort of a countdown until her 6 months are over, but there are flashbacks starting from about 5 months before the Feed (when she went to the Everneath with Cole), that lead up to that time. Whenever it flips back, there is a connection to “Now,” giving the story of what lead to where she currently is. It was heartbreaking, because while reading these flashbacks, you know what’s going to become of her. So the fights with her father, the moments with her brother… they were really sad.
When she returns, all she wants to do is make things right and not want the people she loves to hurt – wants to give them a proper good-bye. Since she’s basically emotionless, it’s hard for her. Plus, she has a hard time remembering everything. She slowly regains her emotions and memories the longer she’s on the surface. Unfortunately, Cole tries to make this as difficult for her as he can.
I absolutely loved Jack and Nikki, and how he called her Becks. They were neighbors and best friends since they were eleven, and had been dating for awhile before she was taken to the Everneath. This wasn’t inta-love; it felt real, like there was actually substance to their relationship. That’s also a big reason why I can get behind this book so much, and truly understand the strong bond between them. As for love-triangle… this really isn’t one. Cole and Nikki only have a connection because they were literally cocooned together for so long. Even though Cole says he cares for her, it’s hard to believe.
The mythology incorporated in this book was really interesting too. It was kind of a modern day Persephone and Hades story. I’m not an expert on Greek mythology, but I knew enough to get the gist of it. Now, I want to read all about Persephone, especially before I read the next book.
I feel like I’ve rambled on about Everneath, and probably sound a bit melodramatic. I can’t help it. I love it. The ending was … *sigh* … I can’t even talk about it. (haha) Seriously, the ending was devastating, yet great. I can’t wait to read the second book. Can. Not. Wait.
“I have a lifetime of memories made up of chestnut wars and poker games and midnight excursions and Christmas Dances… It’s all you. It’s only ever been you. I love you.” – Jack