by Brodi Ashton Series: Everneath #1 Published by Balzer + Bray
on January 24th 2012 Pages:
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...
I want that chick's dress! Seriously, love it. After I got over the dress lust and paid attention to the book… it sounded perfectly wonderful. A twist on the Persephone tale? Count me in!
By this point, I am pretty fluent in the Persephone tale. I think I have read about every variation out there. But Everneath still managed to surprise me. It is the Persephone tale… but not. It is something almost completely different. The breathe of fresh air that I was needing.
The story opens with Nikki, our MC, has emerging after a 100 years (aka 6 months in mortal time) of entrapment in the Everneath. While her friends believe that she has been in a rehab facility, and nothing has really changed in their lives, Nikki is almost a completely different person. Not sure exactly of her place in her old world, Nikki is positive of one thing.. well, person. Jack. Despite everything that she has undergone, all Nikki longs for is to make things right with him. Too bad Cole, just won't go away.
Nikki is a conflicted girl. Jack, her old love, basically does not know what to do with her. Things ended badly the last time they were together. And with Cole added into the mix. Yikes!
While I liked both male interests equally, there was something about Cole that screams depth. You may think you know what you are getting with his character, but I have a feeling that there is tons more hiding below the surface. And while I guess you could call this a love triangle, it does not come off as feeling like one. Nikki cares about Jack, deeply. Jack cares about Nikki. Cole cares about Nikki… in his selfish own way. And Nikki is deeply confused about Cole. See? Not really a triangle.
Everneath was completely gripping. Every time I believed I knew where Ashton was taking her story, she would make it a twist instead. I was constantly on my toes with this one. And I loved that.