Everneath ARC

By Brodi Ashton
Published by Harper Teen
To be Published on January 24. 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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 have been waiting for this book for months!  I first saw the cover reveal for this book and was taken by how beautiful it was.  Out of all the books coming out next year- THIS is the one I had to get my hands on.  It was absolutely worth it!

Everneath is a modern take on the story of Euridyce and Orpheus and also Hades and Persephone.  It is a combination of many mythological stories about the underworld.  This mythology is heavily apparently throughout the entire story.  This is not a child's mythology book, hoewever.  Everneath is a dark and creepy tale about a girl's escape from her future in a not -so- pleasant Underworld.

The story of Persephone and Hades is one of my favorites, and it was honestly hard for me to read a tale about romance and the underworld written so darkly.  The underworld is not somewhere that you would want to go- it is evil and wouldn't be a pleasant experience.  

Most of the story deals with Nikki and her readjustment back into the land of the living. (Literally).  She has to deal with her boyfriend, Jack, and her friends.  Cole, the immortal who brought her to Everneath has followed her into the world to try and coerce her to come back to Everneath with him forever. 

The main love story in this book is not Cole and Nikki.  I appreciated that.  It was nice to read about the nice guy (Jack) getting the girl and the "bad boy" being left out in the cold.  I get tired of reading about the 'bad boys" who are just deeply wounded and lonely.  I cheered for Jack and hoped that he would win out in the end.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story.  It was nothing like what I expected, and I was very confused for the first few chapters, but I really enjoyed the "countdown' that Nikki had left in life.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

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