Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: January 3, 2012
Source: Around the World Tours
Published format: Hardcover, 370 pages
Series: Everneath #1
Purchase: Book Depository
Summary from Goodreads:
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 loved Everneath. A different take on the Persephone/Hades myth, very unique. The world building Brodi did, and the myth building worked for this story. I love how while they’re still gone for the six months in human time, that timespan is actually longer in the Everneath, nearly 100 years.
Warning for those who don’t like them, love triangle is definitely present in this book! I immediately latched on to one guy over the other and definitely wanted her to end up with him. In a way she kind of does, but definitely not how I was expecting it. I can’t wait to see how that is played out in the second book.
Nikki as a character is both strong and vulnerable, like all the best are. She doesn’t care that everyone at school and in town think certain things about her because of her disappearance, but she is concerned what her close family and friends think, and tries to use her time with them as wisely as she can, despite the obstacles she’s given. Cole and Jack were both great characters as well, though one I definitely liked less than the other. But both in their own way care for Nikki the best they know how.
This is a new entry into the paranormal that you don’t want to miss! If you love different takes on greek mythology, this is definitely your book. I loved it, and can’t wait to buy a finished copy to add to my personal library.