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.
Written by Brodi Ashton
Published January, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Provided by: Simon & Schuster Australia
Genres: Immortality, Mythology
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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…
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!
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.