Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Everneath by Brodi Ashton Book Review

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.

“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”

WOW! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. I mean sure, I love retellings and Hades/Persephone is one of the most intriguing ones to me but Everneath blew me away!

The beginning was kind of odd but really exciting. You see, I thought the novel would start by showing how it was that Nikki came to be on the Everneath, her journey to escape and then her eventual return. However the story starts right in the middle of the action, when Nikki escapes Everneath and returns home knowing she has only six months before it claims her again.

We get to see right away the affects her disappearance had in her world, while she spent over a century on the Everneath, in the human world barely six months passed, leaving Nikki to face her family, her boyfriend and classmates as a very different person. Whispers arise, gossips and tales of her absence start to grow around Nikki as she tries to live her last six months on this earth while finding a way to explain what happened to her boyfriend Jack, the same one she escaped the Everneath for.

I loved every aspect of the Everneath, this dark and complex world the author has created was incredible and it was so fun to discover new aspects and structures.

Nikki was a good character, though with how Cole had “sucked” her feelings she was a bit stiff at first, and I wished we had seen more about her family and friends, about how they adapted to her being back after so long instead of focusing on the love story. Her relationship with jack… well, it wasn’t so great for me, I didn’t hate but I didn’t love it either especially after we learn why it was that Nikki sought Cole and got caught up in this mess.

Cole, I loved him! I was honestly expecting to hate him after all he did and took Nikki all the way to the Everneath to kill her, but I guess that was why I liked him, because I wasn’t expecting him to be a saint. We already know he is the bad guy, and it's not like he would be super good considering what he does, and yet he was a fun and complex character to read about, definitely my favourite.

Now I’m really looking forward to reading the next books in the trilogy and learn more about this world and the characters! *Cough* Cole *Cough*

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