Published: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 370 pages
Series: The Everneath Trilogy, Book One
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...
One sentence really describes this book for me: This book is amazing.
First, Brodi Ashton's writing style. It was purely incredible. The way that she described this story, and the way the she explained it all out was just simply awesome. I got sucked into the story like Nikki did into the Everneath. Brodi Ashton has crafted a fast-paced, page-turner, and well-done novel. Props to Brodi!
Next, the characters. Nikki is such a great character. She's complex, she has meaning, and she's so strong -- even with dealing all of this craziness surrounding her. I felt so bad for Jack. When Nikki returns (not a spoiler, it happens in the first chapter), you can literally sense that Jack's heart is broken. And Cole is just one of those characters you love to hate. He's so wicked with everything that he's done to Nikki, but then he has a story behind him that makes him so interesting and fascinating to read about!
And can we just talk about the originality of this story? Yes, it is a re-telling of a Greek myth, but there's a story and backbone to it, and it just really shines out compared to a lot of YA novels out there today.
Overall, Brodi Ashton's debut novel EVERNEATH was a fast-paced, original and addictive novel. I'm dying for book two now. This is not a book to miss!