Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer & Bray-Imprint of Harper Collins
Pub Date: January 24, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: Everneath #1
My Copy: Advance Reader Copy given to me by Publisher for Review
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.
Utterly and truly fell in love with this book. I was drawn immediately to this book because the blurb for this book sounded so intriguing. I love anytime someone does a retelling of the Persephone/Hades myth and this was done extremely well.
Extremely well because she takes the myth and reinvents it for a modern audience. All the characters were very much caught in something that they didn’t want to face. Also liked the character of Cole. Normally you are not suppose to like the villain, but I couldn’t help it. I really fell in love with Cole’s character.
Cole is supposed to be the guy you hate, but you kind of understand where he is coming from. He meets Nikki and falls in love with her, but not in the traditional sense. Even though he tricks her and does some not so nice things. Yet you understand that he wants her to be his queen. She is his perfect other half as he so puts it. Yet you can’t but help like him and I feel bad for him that the women he loves, doesn’t feel the same. A lot of people can relate to this.
Jack and Nikki have a very strained relationship when she gets back. Yet by the middle of the book you see them come together again, and they realize the challenges that await them. Mainly trying to rescue and keep Nikki from going back to the Everneath. They really try hard to stay together. You kind of love them together, this is one of the reasons I felt bad for Cole. Cole loves her and doesn’t want anything bad to happen for her.
There were so many things that I loved about this book. What I was most surprise was that the ending came out of left field practically for me anyways. I think when a book doesn’t take risks, it doesn’t always equate into a surprise. A surprise is sometimes necessary for a book to be epically good. I just wanted a bit of a happier ending. That act by one of the characters literally had me gasping. I think this is one of the most memorable books of the year so far.
Can’t wait for the sequel to this book