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Review: “Everneath,” Brodi Ashton

February 15, 2012

I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “Everneath,” Brodi AshtonEverneath (Everneath #1)
Written by Brodi Ashton
Published January, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
384 pages
Provided by: Simon & Schuster Australia
Genres: Immortality, Mythology
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three-stars

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…

My thoughts on Everneath were mixed at first, but after getting through the first chunk of the novel I found I was enjoying it a lot more. Brodi Ashton has created an interesting debut read, and a fresh take on existing mythology. After an uncertain start, I was able to pick this one up and read it in one hit!

This book was part of my 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Everneath is a book I’ve been hearing a LOT about for so long, so to have it as my first debut author book of 2012 seems only fitting! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the cover is gorgeous, and apart from the beautiful red dress, it actually DOES have something to do with the story within the pages.

The book started out slow for me. I first obtained it through NetGalley but didn’t really get into it as I was diving headfirst into a reading slump at the time. Thankfully, though, the kind folks at Simon & Schuster AU sent me a copy not that long ago and it was sitting here ready to be picked up again! I’m not sure what changed this time around, but I was able to get into the book straight away and read until it was done.

As mentioned, the first half of the book kind of felt a little unstable to me. I wasn’t quite sure where it was heading, and the constant lapses in time (Nikki going back and forwards) really dazed me at first. I think a major downside of the book was that it wasn’t told in a ‘linear’ way, but kudos to Brodi Ashton for trying something different. I also think that the little italicized headings such as ‘Now, my car’, ecetera were uneccessary, but that’s just my personal opinion.

I wasn’t sold on Nikki’s love for Jack at first, but by the end of the book I found I was wanting them to stay together! The ending I saw coming wasn’t the one I ended up with, either, which was a surprise. I won’t spoil it for those who are yet to read it, but hopefully it will surprise you, too.

Things with Cole were well-balanced, particularly in the ‘love triangle’ sense. It was never really a love triangle at all, more of a ‘which path are you going to choose for your life’ kind of thing. Jack was Nikki’s tether to humanity while Cole promised an eternity of numbness from the things that made her life hard. I also liked the ‘band’ spin on things, with Cole and his little soul-sucking posse being famous rockers.

The last few chapters of the book were when things really stepped up a notch; the whole bracelet, Mary/Meredith thing and Cole’s existence of a heart. There’s quite a bit of a cliffhanger, too. While it’s easy to see where things are headed in the next installment, I don’t exactly know HOW things are going to get better or worse for the characters.

I will probably add the next book in the series to my ‘to check out’ list, and I’m sure the cover will be brilliant, but at the moment I’m unsure about my ‘excitement-factor’. Everneath could’ve really been a standalone novel, bittersweet ending or not. If you’re curious about this one, check it out. There are some mixed reviews, but it’s one of those books that will appeal to different people, and will depend a lot on the frame of mind you adopt when going into it.

Recommended to: Everneath provides the reader with an interesting spin on pre-existing myths of the Underworld. Look into it if you’re curious about it! Much better than Meg Cabot’s Abandon and much in the same tune as Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test.

About Brodi Ashton

Brodi Ashton writes Young Adult novels, loves to eat cinnamon bears and loves herself some Diet Coke. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She lives in Utah with her husband and their two young boys.

3 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Stone February 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

    First, I just want to say what a pretty blog you have! I love the colors and layout!

    I was just reading this book and put it down because I just couldn’t get into it, so it’s good to hear it wasn’t just me. I’m glad you were able to finish it and that the book improved, so maybe I will try it again. Thanks for the great review!

  • Reply Caitlin February 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Great review, I really liked that it wasn’t told in a linear way but I can see how that might be a downside. Totally agree it definitely all kicked off in those final chapters! I’m glad you enjoyed this.

  • Reply Kate @ Nomalicious Reads February 15, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Gorgeous new layout!! (you probably changed it ages ago, I’ve been a bad blogger lately!)

    I couldn’t get into The Goddess Test and had to put it down before I lit it on fire… I’m horrible, I just found it so frustrating haha, I’ll have to finish it… one day.

    Because of that I’ve been skeptical and a bit uninterested in Everneath, and although the cover is pretty i didn’t really like it… most likely because, pretty cover can mean: stinking story (for me anyway) haha. But your review actually makes me want to read it!

    I hate all love triangles these days (after reading Clockwork Prince.. I need a break) So thanks for putting it out there about the life choice, and well the concept about Hades being a rocker is awesome haha.

    Not dreading it so much now!
    -Kate
    Nomalicious Reads

    P.S – I miss chatting with you! pop on msn, skype or talk to me on facebook sometime! We need to catch up!! <3

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