Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 24, 2012)
Author's Website: http://brodiashton.blogspot.com/p/everneath.html
Series: Book 1 of 3
Buy the book: Amazon
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.Amazing cover? Yes. Mythology? Yes. Originality? Yes. Fantastic Writing? Yes. Heartbreak, romance, love, betrayal, desperation, sacrifice? Yes, yes, yes! Everneath has everything I love in a book and more!
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 didn't know what I was getting into when I started Everneath. I didn't know that it was going to be loosely based on mythological stories like Hades and Persephone, and Orpheus and Eurydice, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this completely new take on classic Greek and Egyptian myths. Instead of the Underworld, there is Everneath, where some have learned the secret of immortality, feeding off of those who would give their pain, and eventually all emotion, to their Everliving host, extending his life and youth. Nikki has allowed Cole to feed off of her for the last century (six months in our time), and now she has returned for six more months before she will be taken forever.
The story jumps from past to present, each section marked with the time it takes place (Last Year: Five Months before the Feed, Now: Five months, one week left, etc.) I loved how it switched back and forth, revealing a little at a time of what happened in her past to bring her to the point that she would willingly leave her life for the Everneath, and at the same time showing what her life was like now, after being fed on for a hundred Everneath years. I also think this way of writing about Nikki's life worked so well because it showed us who she was before she was fed on, and why Jack would love her so much. I think if we had only seen the shell of what she was after the feed, it would have been hard to see the attraction, because she was so broken.
There is so much passion in this book! You can just feel the desperation that Nikki feels, knowing that she's gone through so much hurt, from the loss of her mother, to the distance she feels from her father, and the longing she has to get back what she lost with Jack. I loved Nikki, and I was so frustrated with her, and I felt so sorry for her, and I admired her. She was a fantastically complex and interesting character to read. Of course I completely fell for Jack, as I'm sure everyone else will as well. He was what every girl would hope to find one day. Their relationship was so endearing and covet-worthy, while at the same time not losing the tension that makes you love a romance so much, because you know that they have somehow lost what they had, and you don't know if they'll ever be able to get it back.
You might consider this story to be a love-triangle, but the pull that Nikki has toward Cole has nothing to do with love, and everything to do with avoidance of pain. When I read about their relationship, it was almost as if I were reading about a girl overcoming a drug addiction, not a romance. I often wondered if it was meant to parallel what a person goes through trying to recover from an addiction. You'll have to read it to see what I mean. And I know there are going to be a lot of Cole haters out there, and trust me, there were plenty of times I wanted to take him out! But, there were also times when I glimpsed what he could be, and I wonder what plans Brodi has for him in the future. Redemption, maybe?
Overall, this is one of the most interesting books I've read this year, and I can't wait to see how much the rest of the world loves it as well!
Book Doppelgangers: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor
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- Profanity: Mild (plus one heavy word)
- Sexual Content: Mild (with Moderate dialog)
- Violence: Mild
- Other Notables: People believe Nikki is a drug addict, but she isn't. The Everliving feed off of people (their emotions.)