Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: February 2012
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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 smouldering 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...
This was my first experience of reading a Greek mythology retelling. And well, I’ve got to say I really enjoyed it. And not just the story itself but also the writing style. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before that was told in this way.
Basically we are being told two stories. First is the story of Nikki waking up after she has spent 100 years in the Everneath (which only equates to 6 months on the surface) being used as a forfeit, or source of energy for Cole—an Everliving—to feed from. And second is the story leading up to Nikki going into the Everneath in the first place.
This made the story interesting because it meant that we didn’t know from the start exactly what had happened to make Nikki go with Cole to the Everneath. We found that out as the story went along in bits and pieces. And to me, this made it intriguing as it gave us as the reader, a reason to keep on reading… to know why on earth she made that decision.
The whole time that Nikki was in the Everneath, her energy and her memories were sucked away by Cole but somehow she managed to retain one memory. And that memory is of her boyfriend Jack. So when she is released back to the surface for 6 months before the Everneath claims her forever all she wants to do is to see him and make up for leaving him in the first place. But unfortunately Cole follows her. Because she survived the century long feed, he has this theory that she is destined to return to the Everneath as his Queen. So poor Nikki has a lot to contend with. I felt for her for most of the story as she was stuck between a rock and a hard place. But I was also annoyed with her sometimes. I think she made bad decisions.
I loved Jack, Nikki’s boyfriend on the surface. He was a great character to love and to route for and I enjoyed reading the ‘before’ chapters with him in. As for Cole, well, I read this as a buddy read with Kay from K-Books and as she put it, he was the bad boy you just loved to hate. His attempts to keep Nikki and Jack away from each other and ruin her time left on the surface made me want to reach in and strangle him! And I guess that’s a good thing because it means Brody Ashton did a good job of creating an evil baddy!
The ending was… without giving spoilers away… a little predictable, but not less enjoyable for it. I was reading the ending well past midnight because once I got to a certain point, it was just impossible to stop reading. Yeah, it was one of those types of endings!
I’m looking forward to the next instalment of this refreshingly unique retelling of the Persephone and Hades story which I’m told is due out January 2013.