Saturday, December 17, 2011

Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

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..(synopsis from Goodreads)

This gorgeous cover immediately caught my attention and after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read this debut novel. Everneath offers a modern day twist on the Greek myths Hades and Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice.  Words that come to mind after reading this are brilliant, sweet, tragic, unique, dark and fascinating.

The protagonist Nikki Beckett is seventeen and has spent a hundred years in Everneath as Cole’s forfeit. Everneath is a world between heaven and hell where everlivings feed off forfeits to keep their immortality. When she returns to Earth, only six months have passed. She longs to reconnect with her boyfriend Jack and her family. She only has six months before the underworld will claim her again.  Cole is as an everliving and he returns to the surface to convince Nikki to stay with him and become an everliving. She must decide whether she will go to the tunnels and feed the everlivings or go with Cole and feed off others. Secretly, she longs to find a way to stay on the surface with Jack.

The tale that unfolds is beautifully written and goes back and forth between the year before Nikki went to Everneath and the six months before she has to return. This could have made the story awkward and confusing, but Ashton seamlessly takes us back and forth. She slowly reveals things, both frustrating and engaging the reader.  The characters are wonderful, and my opinions of them changed as the story unfolded. My feelings for Cole and Jack were all over the place, and I love when a writer is able to make me see more than one side. At first I found Nikki depressing and morbid, but as her story was revealed I fell in love with this troubled girl. She is stronger than she thinks and capable of more love then she knows. I found myself turning the pages to find out if Nikki would return to Everneath and be lost to Jack forever.  I figured out early on, how the ending would be. The author revealed clues and yet I continued reading hoping for another way out. The ending moved me and left me wanting more. I am anxiously awaiting the second book in this series.  I still have a few unanswered questions and a ray of hope that there can be a happily ever after.

I highly recommend Everneath to fans of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. If you enjoy Greek mythology you are sure to enjoy this refreshing modern take. I have added Brodi Ashton to my list of must read authors. This novel is available in both paper and digital formats.

I want to thank netGalley and HarperCollins publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

I gave this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.            Kimba

Author's website:Brodi Ashton

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At December 17, 2011 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Christy (Love of Books) said...

I'm getting closer to reading this one, and I can't wait! I love when stories are told like that - the back-and-forth type. They tend to hold my attention more. Great review!

At December 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Blogger roro said...

Great review!same here, i want this1

At December 17, 2011 at 8:03 PM , Anonymous Traci @ The Reading Geek said...

Great review, I have Everneath on my list. I love the cover and its what first captured my attention. Then I read that it was a twist on mythology and I am a huge fan of Greek mythology. It sounds interesting how the story goes back and forth. I am definitely even more excited to read this book now!

At December 17, 2011 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Lacy said...

Great review. Looking more forward to reading this book.

At December 18, 2011 at 2:49 AM , Blogger Sally@Always Lost in Stories said...

Wow- I'm dying to read this one and haven't read a single bad review of it yet. I like the sound of the narrative jumping back and forth between past and present. Great review!

At December 18, 2011 at 3:50 AM , Blogger Sam said...

Nice review, Kimba! I read this a few weeks ago and loved it, too! I get what you mean about your feelings being all over the place when it comes to Cole and Jack. I could hardly pick between the two! :)

At December 18, 2011 at 4:35 AM , Blogger Ruth said...

I've had my eye out for a review of this one - I love the cover! Sounds great, another one for the Goodreads tbr. Thanks.

At December 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Barbara W. said...

I'm getting really excited about reading this! It's sitting in my TBR pile and reviews like yours keep making me push it higher and higher. :)

At December 18, 2011 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Giselle said...

Ooh I can't wait to read this one it sounds fantastic! Wonderful review!

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At December 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Jaskirat@SeeitORreadit said...

Wow I am SOOOO glad you loved this one because it is totally on my TBR list! The characters and storyline sound stunning :)

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At December 21, 2011 at 1:21 AM , Blogger Rebecca said...

So glad you enjoyed it, K! It does sound pretty awesome and I'm happy to be picking it up soon. :D Great review.

At March 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Cassandra said...

I've had this on my NOOK for a while and haven't gotten to it. I think I need to bump it up on my list. It sounds so great. Love the review!!!


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