Review: Everneath – Brodi Ashton
Hurt and bereft, the Everneath was the solution Nikki Beckett was looking for when she disappeared from view six months ago. Never once did she imagine returning to her old life ever again. Yet as her time within the Everneath came to a close, a vision of the boy she’d once loved sprung into her mind and gave her the strength to make the decision to return to the surface – a decision that did not sit well with Cole, the immortal who’d drawn her to the Underworld in the first place.
Nikki is determined to make the most of the six months she has left before the Tunnels come to claim her. She tells herself that this time she’ll do things right and make sure she doesn’t leave behind any loose ends when the time comes. Her transition as one of the living isn’t easy for her. Her emotions are numb and part of her yearns to return to the depths of the Everneath once more.
Intent on making the most of things, she heads back to school, hoping she’ll get the chance to see her beloved one last time. Getting back into the swing of things, she opens herself up to new possibilities as well as the feelings Jack begins to evoke in her – feelings she thought were dead for good.
The spark between her and Jack is soon rekindled, much to Cole’s chagrin. He wants to take her back with him and will stop at nothing until he achieves his goal. Devising ways in which to keep her tied to him, he does his best to thwart her every plan.
As time continues to dwindle, Nikki tries not to lose control. She’s adjusted to the world around her, even if some things are no longer what they used to be. Baring her heart to the one she loves, they plot together in hopes of finding a way to cheat the system so that she’ll never have to return to the Everneath. That, unfortunately, is easier said than done.
I absolutely loved this book. I’d been wanting to read this book for awhile now ever since I came across it’s cover on a website I’m a part of. I must say the story doesn’t disappoint. The pace is fast and consistent and the story keeps a person glued to it’s pages. I found the references to Persephone and the Underworld delightful in addition to tie-in of the mythology surrounding Eurydice, as well. Definitely looking forward to more of Brodi’s work.
Synopsis: Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s 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 precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is 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 queen.
About The Author:
Because of two parents who were Greek myth geeks, Brodi Ashton grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good conversational opener was, “So, which mythological character do you most resemble?”
Despite these social shortcomings, she found a great husband who’s always her first reader. They live in Utah with their two young boys, who still have no idea why she’s at the computer all the time.
She’s 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.
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