Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Everneath

by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Age Recommendation: Young Adult

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...

Everneath was really well written and interesting, but it wasn't the right book at the right time for me. I'd just finished All These Things I've Done, which has a romance that makes me want to throw the book across the room,  so what I needed from Everneath was a nice non-romance. Which, as I should have realized, is not what Everneath delivers.

Even though I wasn't really in the mood for a romance, I could easily see that Everneath was a great book. The characters were full and relatable, and the story was intriguing and kept me turning pages.

I really liked the characters because I understood all of them. In some books, the author presents a motivation for the character, but the reader doesn't really get into the character's head. In Everneath, every character had so much depth, and the reader gets glimpses of that depth throughout the book.

I'm also a huge mythology fan. I am very familiar with both the Hades and Persephone myth and the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, so I loved that they were woven into Nikki's story. Everneath wasn't a retelling of either myth, but they played a large part in the story. I liked how, unlike The Goddess Test, Nikki knew about the myths and used them to figure out what was going on.

The pace is fast but not rushed. As the reader, I was astonished how quickly six months went, mirroring Nikki's own feelings that six months is far too short. I liked how Brodi Ashton used flashbacks both to give the reader more information as the story continued and to contrast Nikki's life before and after the feed. It gives the reader much more insight into how much her life has changed because of her decision.

Overall Thoughts:
Everneath was an excellently written book that I wish I could have enjoyed more. Brodi Ashton is quite a talented writer, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel, Everbound.

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