Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
Out 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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Ashton Brodi creates a story in a modern day world with a mythological one hidden beneath it’s permeable walls. Brodi’s debut makes one want to revist mythology and step inside it’s ancient bubble and stay awhile.
Hades and Persephone-I forgot how much I liked that myth. The parallels between Cole and Nikki and Hades and Persephone is obvious to those that are familiar with the myth off hand, although it does get explained throughout the novel. Speaking of things getting explained, the novel jumps around a bit, for instance, so many months before the Everneath and then so many months before Nikki descends into the Everneath again. In some novels it seems unnecessary to do the back and forth technique, but in this novel I feel it’s definitely important. Without the jump, the novel would not be enthralling enough on it’s own; it enfolds in a convient way and readers alike will enjoy that.
From all the back and forth, you learn different things about Jack and Nikki’s relationship at interesting times. For instance, when Jack and Nikki’s relationship potentially falls apart, Cole appears at the opprotune moment and lifts Nikki up to a less mopey mood. Readers get to see how Nikki and Cole come to be and it’s certainly fun to watch. Cole plays the typical badguy-esque role here, but I think those that have read this one would agree,Cole forces nothing,he practically has Nikki beg for it. What’s she begging for? Well I’ll let you find that out yourself! =]
Overall: I liked this one quite a bit. Readers of any YA paranormal romance or those currently reading trendy series will devour this one quickly and will enjoy doing it. Check it out!