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Friday, February 10, 2012

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

The cover of this story got me very excited. I love that dress, first of all. I'm also really into Greek mythology, and I thought this story sounded like it was going to be a modern day version of Persephone's story.
Here's the summary 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...

What I Liked: 1) I was surprised by this book from the start. Part of that was because I made assumptions based on other reviews I'd read about the book. DON'T DO THAT! I should know better, really I should. I was expecting a modern re-telling of the Persephone and Hades story. This book was a lot more than that. It was more of a loose correlation to the Greek myth that I am familiar with. Like a, "hey remember when this happened, well, it's happening again," kind of thing. I'm always happy when I get into a book and it's able to surprise me. 2) Plot. The plot of this book is really what drives the story. Page after page I found myself wondering what is going to happen?! with an intensity that is rare for me when it comes to plot. If you've read many of my reviews you know it characters that drive me more than plot. But Everneath is an exception to that rule. With each turn of the page, there is something new to discover and will keep you reading long into the night. 3) Jack. Miz Ashton knows how to write perfection in a boy, that's for sure. Okay, maybe he's not perfect, but I fell for him! He was the character that I felt the most connected with, the one that I wanted to get what he wanted in the end. He's very sweet, and caring, looking out for everyone in his life. 4) The bittersweet end. I loved and hated this one. It was the perfect way to end it for these characters, because I really don't think that they could have remained true to themselves as Miz Ashton had created them had it ended differently. It would have felt wrong. And I'm glad she decided to end it this way, knowing that it was going to be bittersweet. She stuck true to the characters she'd created, so they didn't have to become someone they weren't. <--Great job!

What I Didn't Like: 1) One thing, and one thing only. I never really cared that much for Nikki. I always feel like, when I really like a character, I want them to get everything they want. And it wasn't that way for me with Nikki. I didn't want bad things for her, I just...didn't feel the need to fight for her. When I did find myself wanting her to have what she wanted, it was because it was tied to Jack's happiness. So, I found myself wanting to know a little more about Nikki. To make her more of a friend, less of an acquaintance. I can't say this was the fault of the writing though. Nikki has been in the Everneath for a long time. So no wonder she keeps everyone at arms-length.

Overall thoughts: Everneath is a great, plot-driven novel with a total sweetie as one of the male MCs. Some of the characters have been created to keep everyone at arms-length, so it's a bit of a challenge to break through those walls, but once you do, you'll want everyone to get what they want in the end. Be prepared for tears as you come to the bittersweet end, but if you're anything like me, you'll definitely be looking forward to more! Was it really the end?!

 My rating: 4 shots

This book was read as a part of my Debut Author Challenge 2012!


  1. A great review Courtney! Sorry I haven't been by lately! I love your Valentine theme! Cute.
    I am anxious to read this one. It sounds so good but tears at the end?! oh no!

  2. I have to agree! I fell way more in love with Jack as a character then I did Nikki. I wanted to see more of why Jack would go to certain lengths for her then I think we really ever got to see. Jack is definitely the driving force between my appreciate of Everneath.

  3. Great review chicky I'm glad you enjoyed it. I agree Nikky could be a bit offsetting but I blamed this on t he fact that Cole was manipulating her emotions too. But I'M glad that didn't take away from you liking the rest! It was a really well done retelling!

  4. This book is one of my favourites from this year. I was very surprised on how much I loved it . . . especially Jack. Great review.

  5. Heidi - Yeah, it's sad at the end, but its worth it! And thanks! I thought the hearts would be fun for Valentine's Day!

    Rywn - He was mine too. And the main reason behind me wanting to read the next one. I want to know if he will...be back.

    Giselle - Thanks! I wonder if she'll get back to her old self, or if because of the way she ended, it will just mess her up even more, ya know?

    Erin - Thank you! It was definitely a fun read, and worth the wait!

    Thanks y'all, for stopping by to visit!



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