Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Review: Everneath by Brodi AshtonEverneath by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 24, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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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..

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Impressions

How far would you go to get your old life back? See your friends, loved ones and the love of your life? Are you willing to sacrifice everything just for time to say goodbye? Nikki has to tackle just that with the crazy turn of her life returning from Everneath. Would the life she left behind still be there? With that interesting synopsis I was really interested to read Nikki’s story.

Thoughts

  • The plot was interesting from the beginning. It was a fresh new take on the Mythology of Persephone and Hades (more so Persephone). I really like that Brodi Ashton strayed from the original story, creating a whole new world and beings but keeping similar elements to with the mythology to tie it all together. Nikki’s story was a unique one and I enjoyed reading how it unfolded.

 

  • At first I thought the story would be predictable since it was based off the Persephone’s story well. But with the new take on the story it took on a whole new persona and so what happen next became a true mystery and the decisions that Nikki would ultimately have to make made the story very intriguing.

 

  • What l like most in a story is that the action is high, consistent and able to capture my attention and hold it throughout the story and this story had some of those qualities. Within each chapter something interesting happened to further the story, in a smooth pace that didn’t leave me confused. I enjoyed the duel stories of the past and present, which allowed me to truly understand what was happening and the reasons behind it.

 

  • I found myself enjoying Jack and Nikki’s sweet romantic past and how it bloomed from friendship to romance to being estranged. The intense underlying attraction between Nikki and Cole added drama and the question of who Nikki would ultimately end up with.

 

  • I would have loved to read more of the secret world of Everneath with its wonders and dangers. There was a lot of alluding to its importance and power but I only saw a piece of it in the beginning and would have love to see more interaction with the two worlds.

Characters

  • Nikki, while not an amazing character, I did like her and found her to be a relatable character that I could identify with. At times she had me questioning her actions and I felt that she was acting selfishly but that’s what made her relatable and realistic, so respect that.

 

  • Jack had potential for me to really like him as a character. I really liked getting to know him as Nikki’s story unfolded and their relationship developed. At first I didn’t like him because of his past action towards Nikki but he slowly grew on me.

 

  • Cole was my favorite. He was an intense, complicated character. Though viewed as the bad guy I didn’t totally see him as that. I saw him as someone who understood the hand he’d been dealt and went after what he wanted. I enjoyed him, his snide remarks and the added complications that he brought to the story, making it more exciting.

Overall

Overall I enjoyed Everneath by Brodi Ashton and the story it told. It was compelling and unique. While that the story could have divulge into the Everneath more, I enjoyed the plot and characters and I feel that this is just the beginning.

4 Stars