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.
Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.
Book Review: 3.5 Stars
I’m not really sure why anyone would think it’d be a brilliant idea to go to the Everneath, its not exactly a raging party. On the plus side you won’t feel all of that teenage angst that has been bringing you down man, but you will have to deal with an uber hot being sucking the life out of you for a century. If thats your kind of thing, then go for it honey!
Everneath is a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice/Hades and Persephone myths and I honestly did enjoy Ashton’s spin on it. But I just didn’t feel like I identified with the main character, which meant that it was a push to get through this book. To start with I was just plain confused as to why Nikki would even return to the surface, until it was noted to me that thats just what happens for 6 months or you can join the Tunnels immediately and become a power source for the Everlings. The Everlings are immortal beings who every century take a human – Forfeit – to the Everneath and drains them dry so that they can continue living. Such a classy civilisation.
Yes I am not a teenager anymore, so everything that Nikki found a big deal and a must need to fix I was like… why? She knew that she had to return to the Everneath but she was so focused on rebuilding relationships that were messed up before she disappeared, but then she was going to leave again. Hence ruining the relationship she just spent her last 6 months trying to rebuild. And what was up with her Dad? Where the F did he think she was? In a rehabilitation clinic – why wouldn’t he have tried to find her? And nobody else seemed to ask her where she had been it was like this unspoken, unjustified, Oh well your back excellent, no need to ask where you went mentality.
As it does happen on occasion, not often but on occasion, I fell for the man she didn’t choose. Cole was darn freaking funny, and in his character development as a reader I saw the strengths in Ashton’s writing. Towards the end of the book everything did feel a bit rushed, and I was uber disappointed that she didn’t jump on the Cole train to become his queen. I would, who needs a heart? Like honestly?
I think I will continue on with the next book, because it has plagued my interests enough.
Have you read this series? What did you think?