Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everneath
Series: Everneath Series
Book #: One
Author: Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Source: Local Library 
Format: Hard Cover

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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...(taken from goodreads.com) 
After my sister (aka my best book buddy) came running into my room gesticulating wildly and singing this debut's praises, I immediately decided to give it a shot. Her fanatic love for the book convinced me that it was a must read. Not to mention, I adore the myth of Persephone and Hades. While I have yet to find a true retelling of the Greek legend, there have been several interpretations by young adult authors. Everneath is one of the most original versions I've discovered.

The bizarre lifestyles of Everlings takes a little getting used to. As far as I understand it, a society of immortals exists between the Surface and hell. These immortals, or "Everlings," obtain their power by draining humans of their emotions and energy. This is accomplished through the Feed, in which a human host is taken to the Everneath and drained. In a way, Ashton has combined the vampire hype of young adult literature with Greek mythology. There are no fangs here, but the concept is generally the same.

The romance steers clear of insta-love. Thank the good Lord for that. I'm sick and tired of mysterious relationships that are based purely on passion and lust. We had a connection that I couldn't explain = gag, a shallow romance. I'm also not a huge fan of love triangles. This one picks up on page one and doesn't ever let up. However, it didn't bother me too much because it isn't really a choice between two boys. It's a choice between two worlds. This makes Nikki's dilemma a little more understandable. Maybe not excusable, but at least I didn't feel like strangling her.

The characters, especially Nikki, are down to earth and likable. My loyalties lie with the best-friend-turned-boyfriend Jack, seeing as Cole only offers Nikki a life of theft and guilt. Unfortunately, the majority of the plot takes place on the Surface. I would have loved seeing more of Ashton's underworld. The concept of a high court filled with royal immortals intrigued me. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Everbound, book two, will open the doors to the realm of immortals. I'm dying to see the world in which Persephone and other Greek myths dwelled.

Overall, Everneath is a fascinating debut. I didn't go crazy after finishing it (no, sister, I'm not referring to your inability to focus on everyday life due to this book's influence), but I was captivated by the world of Everlings. I have even more hope for the next book!

P.S. This cliffhanger. It's a killer. You've been warned...

Rating: 4 Stars