May 8, 2012
Everneath(Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton
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...
For the first 4 or 5 chapters of this book, I honestly thought about putting it down. Then came the sixth chapter. The chapter that started the characters real development, and shot you right into the world of Everneath. Because for the first few chapters, nothing really made sense, and everything kind of sucked. But once you got into it, you just had to know exactly what happened next!
I really loved how Nikki described what had happened to her, and how it happened, by using scenes of her life before the feed, and after the feed. Now if you don't really understand what the feed is, which was my problem at the beginning of the book, it can be kind of confusing. Because your sitting there thinking, "How did we get here from there?" and maybe it doesn't make sense. But as you go through the events leading up to the feed, you maybe start to get why she did it, and why she returned.
Now, Jack and Nikki's relationship was really complicated, because they weren't really together, but they weren't ever really apart. They remembered each other. And it helped Nikki get through the feed, and everything else, because Jack remembered her. He never let her go. At which point we realize, Jack is Swoon-worthy. I love characters like him. The handsome hero, that's maybe not such a hero after all. He doesn't try to be, he just is. Nikki's life is kind of dark after the feed, but it didn't stop her from trying to reconnect to Jack, and that's what makes Nikki a likeable enough character. That kind of kick-ass determination.
This story is a modern retelling of the myth of Persephone, but it doesn't really make you think Persephone, it makes you think about Greek gods, mixed with Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Odd, no? Because why would a greek myth use Egyptian Hieroglyphics? It's weird. But it works. The plot was fast, but I enjoyed this book a lot. Was I surprised at the ending? Yes, yes I was. I imagined every other scenario, but this is the one that came true.
Everyone stopped existing. Everyone except for Jack, and even the memory of him was something I had to reach out and touch every so often, so as not to lose it.