Sunday, September 2, 2012

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Genre: paranormal
Series and Book #: Everneath Trilogy #1
Pages: 384

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.

I didn't even realize this was a story about the Persephone myth until I read the snippet of a review saying that it was. This isn't the a-typical modern spin on Greek myths: Brodi took this in a completely new direction. I love it!

Brodi's approach to the story really worked for me. She didn't start at the very beginning: she began in the middle, and from there she explained what had happened between Nikki and Jack that caused her to to choose Cole. I liked it better this way. It was sort of the same way Nikki was seeing things. After she separated from Cole, she went back to earth, but she began to remember what had dragged her into the Everneath in the first place. As she sort of accepted things we learned what would have made her leave her life to go with a boy she barely knew.

Nikki was different than I expected. Sorry to all the Nikki's out there, but Nikki is just a name that strikes me as a sort of cheerleader type of girl. I'm glad I was proved wrong. Because the Nikki in this novel was sweet, down to earth, and cared about everyone she knew she was hurting when she left. I was so happy Brodi didn't make Nikki and Jack get back together right away. After what they'd been through, it would have been unrealistic. I liked the way she eased into their relationship tentatively. But by the end they were completely together and were one of the cutest couples I have ever seen!

Overall, I wasn't going to read this, but I am ever so glad I did. The summary doesn't do this book justice. It makes it sound like Nikki is just going to up and leave or give in to Cole, but the end will blow your mind. If you have had any hesitations in reading this book I suggest you read it, anyway, because the summary really isn't that great. Nikki is a lovable character and her story is memorable. Brodi's clever uses of mythology just add to the story, making it even more enjoyable.

The Cover: I like how Nikki is stepping out of the cloud like she escaped the Everneath. The wispy edges and vivid colors make it eye-catching and whimsical.

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