Author: Brodi Ashton
Book #: 1
Reading Level: YA
Reading Level: YA
Goodreads Rating: 4.05Published: Jan. 24th, 2012
by Harper Collins
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...
The first thought that came to my mind after finishing this book was "Please god let there be a sequel". Not that the book couldn't stand on its own, but I just need a sequel so that my heart will stop aching. This book literately made me tear up, I am pretty sure that if my friends weren't right next to me when I finished it I would have cried a little. It was just that emotional and powerful and pretty much awesome.
How can anybody read this book and not like it? It's like nothing that is out there these days, it's so different and refreshing! It's loosely based on Greek Mythology; I say loosely because at first I thought the author was going to play with the Fae mythology, but no, she surprised me by taking a page out of the myth mythology by the middle of the story.
Everneath is addicting. Once you start it... you can't help but end it. The way the story is written, with it starting in the future and looking at the past and putting the pieces of the puzzle together... It was just right. The main character, Nikki, is someone to love. She will certainly bother you at times because of the bad decisions she made in the past, but she develops through the story and manages to redeem herself. She also, in her happy times, leans towards sarcasm and that is pretty good with me. Jack and Cole. Yes there are two guys in the story, but it isn't a love triangle guys! The two guys just have a part to play in the story. Cole is the supernatural creature who is all sorts of bad for her (think Damon in the first season of Vampire Diaries before he turned on his emotions; interesting, and there will probably be more to the character in the next books, maybe he will be redeemed as well? Or will he become the true villain?) and Jack (think of no one because Jack is just himself and you have to get to know him cause I am positive you will fall in love with him; he is broken but hopeful; loving but unable to forgive).
What I think the future of the series will bring: Possibly more time spent on the mythology of the story certainly, this first book was the introduction to the intricacies of the system and the characters. Hopefully more Jack, and more Nikki, and more Cole (why is the name Cole always used for evil? Charmed anybody? Though I absolutely loved that Cole...).
I really cannot wait for the next book. Brodi Ashton, you officially got a fan in me.