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Everneath

by Brodi Ashton

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 16, 2012 | Hardcover

Everneath is rated 3.9375 out of 5 by 16.

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.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.3 in

Published: January 16, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062071130

ISBN - 13: 9780062071132

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Annoying main character, worth a read through First, loved the cover of this book. I fell in love with it the moment I saw the cover. As for the story, well, it was good at some parts and then at times it felt like it dragged. It?s an interesting twist on the Hades/Persephone myth, which is also what got me into the book as I?ve taken a liking to these types of plots. So it was an interesting and great read at the start. It wasn?t until midway through the book that the plot starts to slow down considerably, and characters start to annoy me at this point. Take Becks for example. Oh my goodness. I?m surprised I went through reading this book because I was starting to get annoyed at her whiny personality. She got so emo and lamented over her situation. There wasn?t much personality to her. She was just, emotional baggage that?s carried all through the story. She doesn?t even put much of a fight so I don?t see her as a strong character nor as a likable one. Cole and his crew were just as annoying. Sometimes it might just take a punch to the fast to make him stop. But it looks like Becks was too busy immersed in her self pity to do something like that. Out of the characters, Jack was the only one I really like the most. He was such a sweetheart and for what he did just categorizes him into the best YA boyfriends ever. However despite that, the love and chemistry between Jack and Becks wasn?t really there. She was too much of a cardboard character to really make the romance become something substantial. So it wasn?t that bad of a book. The ending was great. Although I have a feeling more whininess is going to come from Becks in the second one. Nevertheless it?s worth the read for YA lovers.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books To say I loved this story is a huge understatement. I don't know why I put off reading it for so long, when that cover draws me in every time I see it. What I really love about the cover was how fitting to the story it really was. No there aren't any long ball gown scenes, but just the smoke and the look of it fits the underlying sense of darkness that the book has. I love Greek mythology, and retellings especially. This was a brilliant mixture of modern day and mythology, and Ashton did a fantastic job of explaining the myths in a really interesting and exciting way. The romance between Jack and Nikki is just flawless. The connection between the two is so strong, and it leaps off the pages. Other relationships in the story create a great support for Nikki, who is still, I guess I could say traumatized in a way, by her time in the Everneath. Her father, although pretty absent, tries hard to be a part of her life. Her little brother Tommy is adorable. Jules, her best friend, isn't as big of a part as i'd like, but she is still a solid character. The ending killed me, and I am so so happy that I don't have to be waiting a year in between each book in order to finish this fabulous series.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The hype was bigger than the book http://www.addictedtonovels.blogspot.ca/ Everneath was so-so for me. The story took forever to actually get anywhere to the point where I actually stopped reading it for a few months before I picked it up again. The main character Nikki drove me INSANE. She was alright at first, until her stupidity dragged on throughout the entire book. SO many things were so painfully obvious and right in her face that there was no way she could NOT know, but she was too stupid to see them. There were so many moments when I'd be reading and be like Really, Nikki? REALLY? She was just so dense she made me want to shake her and make her wake up to reality. Her character was also very flat. Flat and dumb. I just wanted to punch some smarts into this girl! Even Cole, the supposed bad guy had more to offer than she did. He started out as a creep but slowly transitioned into someone a little different even though he shouldn't have been able to. My favorite character was Jack, he was your simple, down-to-earth guy and the only one who seemed to have any brains. I was Team Jack all the way ;) The ending of the story was what made me give this book any stars at all. It was so emotionally enthralling that I couldn't put it down until the very last page. I might even end up reading the second book, but I'll probably just end up borrowing it from the library if I do. I think if the beginning of the book had been as captivating and well done as the end, I would have loved the book. But it was boring until the last bits of it, it was such a snore-fest up until then.
Date published: 2013-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This! Ashton put a creative spin on some old Greek myths using both Hades and Persephone as well as Orpheus and Eurydice. However she didn't just retell it in a modern setting she made the story her own. Personally I'm not usually a big fan of love triangles because of the fact that almost every single book out there seems to have one going on. In Everneath there is one but it isn't just about Jack and Cole fighting over Nikki and her being unable to make up her mind. Ashton made the characters deeper then that. Nikki has to face the mistakes she made in the past, heal old wounds, and fight for things that everyone takes for granted. The love triangle slowly evolves from that but in my opinion it isn't the main focus. The book talks about things like family bonds, healing, depression, the strength of friendship and how important our emotions are even the ones that hurt. They're all underlying messages that leave a strong impact. In the book Nikki hurts Jack and she has to fight for him back. I absolutley love the fact that things aren't back to normal right away or that forgivness was imediate because nothing is like that in real life we have to earn it. Cole on the other hand has hurt Nikki but at the same time he's trying to protect her from a horrible fate that she is doomed to because of him. In the beginning of Everneath you're not quite sure if he's only trying to save her for his own selfish reasons or if he actually cares. The character development through out the whole story is extremely well done and you can find yourself relating to them in some way. I love both of the boys and Nikki is probably the best female character I've come acrossed in a long time. She isn't all girl power and a complete feminist but she's not quite a damsel in distress she's normal and I can understand why she makes her choices. Overall this book is a must read!
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start to new series ** spoiler alert ** Nikki Bennett has just spent a hundred years as a Forfeit in the Everneath, feeding her emotions and memories to Cole. She survives due to never letting go of one image, her boyfriend Jack's face, and she's able to return to the surface for six months before the Tunnels will come for her. Or she could choose to go with Cole and rule the Everneath as its queen. But Nikki has no interest in feeding off humans and participating in the feed. She just wants to find a way to fix the mess she left behind when she left, and hopefully find a way to stay instead of returning to the Everneath. The action in the book doesn't pick up until after the halfway mark. There's a lot of built up and because of that, it was too easy to set the book aside and do something else for a bit before coming back to it. But once the action does pick up, the pages fly by and suddenly the book's finished. Nikki's a strong character who doesn't blame anyone else for her decision to go with Cole to the Everneath. She takes the responsibility and the consequences for her actions and does her best to set things right with the people she's hurt. She's not ready to just give up and be a victim, no matter how dire her situation gets, and she doesn't try to make excuses for her addiction to Cole's ability to take away her pain. She knows it's wrong when she asks and when he does it. Jack's devotion to Nikki is sweet and heartwarming. He could have given up on her a lot of times during the book but even when he says he's done, he can't stay away because he loves her. That love comes into play in a huge way at the end of the book. Cole's hard to figure out. He's not clearly a bad guy. He does seem to care about Nikki and what happens to her, but he's extremely guarded and that makes it hard to trust him. He's a master manipulator so even when his actions seem sincere, it's hard to forget that he could be lying. It's a good start to what should be a really good series. Looking forward to the next book.
Date published: 2012-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A World So Compelling When do I never have doubts about books? Everneath was a fantastic read that went by quickly. This book is certainly a different type of mythology that you would never find in actual myths. At first, the beginning is very confusing as the protagonist, Nikki, has just realized she's been doomed for the rest of her life. She's been brought to the world between Earth (the Surface) and Hell, called the "Everneath". I didn't quite catch this, but I believe the Everneath is the Underworld due to the references of royalty and Persephone. When someone is brought to the Everneath, they "forfeit" themselves over to the immortals living in the world called "Everlivings". These immortals have given up feelings and emotions for eternal life, but the only way to survive is to feed off distressed people overloaded with emotions. The logic surrounding this new world is very unique and interesting. I thought the play with emotions and feelings was interesting because it's kind of a double-edged sword. The Everlivings wanted immortality, but they need to feed off people to stay alive. Not a really good bargain if you have a pure heart. The people aren't guaranteed immortality forever. Kind of a rip-off. Nikki has survived the "Feed" ( the time period when the Everlivings feed for a century, or six months on Earth). She has the options of returning to the Surface or being banished to the Tunnels where she will become a battery to the Everneath. Nikki decides to go home to rekindle her relationships with the people she left behind. When Nikki returns to the Surface, she has a timer counting down the six months she gets on Earth before she is sucked into the Tunnels forever. Cole, the smoking hot immortal, who introduced her to the Everneath never told her about this debt she has to the Everneath. Now, Nikki knows she has six months before she is lost forever. However, there is a way for Nikki to gain immortality like all the other Everlivings. What makes her special is her connection with her boyfriend, Jack. The world that Brodi Ashton created has sucked me into her debut trilogy. The characters need a little development as I felt they were predictable, but her writing is perfect when ti comes to comprehension. There was no section in the book where I was confused. I understood everything she was trying to convey into her story, but it wasn't plain simple words. There were descriptions, but not the amount that makes this book beautiful. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until January 2013 for the second installment. Hopfeully, Miss Ashton will have picked up a few tips on character development.
Date published: 2012-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A mythological love story with a deadline... I love studying Classical myths (I’ve dedicated a good portion of my archaeology minor to this) and so when there’s any mention of classical myth in a book I always hop onto the train! This book has been pitched as a loose basis of the story of Hades and Persephone, but this story acts only as a backdrop in Everneath. This book is moreso a mythology melting pot set in modern times, because there was far more mythology and mythological themes such as the concept of the hero in a myth, references to Osiris and the story of Eurydice and Orpheus ends up playing a pivotal role. The cover- OH MY GOSH, it’s GORGEOUS! The full flowing dress, and the smoke and tendril wisps while contrasting the bright red with the black make for an absolutely hypnotic cover, I could stare at it and sigh for hours. The story is told through a series of flashbacks of the events leading up to how Nikki and her boyfriend Jack got together, and how her life fell to pieces which led her straight to the seductive arms of Cole and the Everneath. The world in which the story occurs in is all pretty standard, you know, there’s the high school, the club, some shopping establishment, the house - they serve as monotone spaces for the scenes to be acted out in, but most of the time I was too engrossed in the character interactions anyhow, but the descriptions involving the Everneath, brought to mind the image of Acrosolium’s, which is very fitting given the purpose of Acrosolium’s (they're a niche carved into a wall to bury the dead). When Nikki first comes back she’s a lifeless, emotionless and just seems to be going through the motions, which is understandable when you’ve spent the last- what felt like 100 years helping to sustain ethereal beings and then trying to live through all the rumours and speculation of her whereabouts for all the time she’s been missing. What initially really threw me off is when the name Becks was dropped, and I thought, whoa- wait who’s Becks?? Then it dawned on me that the author used two names (Nikki and Becks) to separate the two time frames and the people of her life. It worked really well, and helped to keep the flashbacks and the present versions of Nikki separate, as well as the two boys Jack and Cole distinct in their voices. The story starts out slow, as she’s easing back into her life, and everyone treats her carefully as if she’s fragile porcelain and she’ll shatter at the slightest touch, so no one bothers to enquire as to what happened- which is a bit disturbing, sure there’s giving space but most best friends and parents would be all over with curious questions. But bit by bit the back story is revealed as the present builds to the crescendo that is the 6 month deadline, there’s some sinister plots revealed and a life changing decision is made. The romance aspect between Jack and Nikki is the classic teen story of a smart girl and a jock guy who dates all the wrong girls (insert the big B on campus) and then finally realizes that Nikki is the one for him. It's a cute story, a bit cliché (I could see what happened coming from a mile away) but the determination that Jack puts into getting through to Nikki just sealed the deal for me and made this a couple worth fighting for! Cole was by far the most interesting, although him and his sidekick bring to mind Pain and Panic from Disney’s Hercules, they serve the ruler of the underworld (in this case it’s a Queen), and do a lot of scheming and trickery, but there’s solid moments of emotion and clarity with Cole where you feel sympathy and then there are some down right creepy moments. Cole may be the hot bad boy that everyone fawns over, but he was such a jerk in some points I don’t think it could redeem him to the status of lovable. All in all, Everneath was a quick and easy read, and left on a huge cliff hanger that makes you wonder- where will Brodi take the story from here?!
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Guys Finish Last. I’ve been reading a lot of books based around the story of Hades and Persephone. If you’re not familiar with Greek mythology or the story, here’s a brief background of it: "Hades (lord of death and ruler of the underworld) falls in love with Persephone and abducts her to be his wife and queen of his realm. Zeus forces Hades to return Peresphone, but before she leaves Hades tricks her into eating four pomegranate seeds, dooming her to spend four months each year for eternity in the underworld. Persephone’s months spent underground correspond to Greece’s dry summer months, and when she reunites with her family in the fall the earth flourishes with colour and vegetation (which explains the seasons)." Everneath is loosely based on this mythology, but it really isn’t that similar. Cole is trying to convince Nikki to come back to the underworld with him and overthrow the current Queen. By doing so, they’d be able to rule the underworld together. There’s no abduction. Cole technically isn’t the lord of death or the ruler of the underworld, he’s just an Everliving (an immortal of Everneath). The flashbacks weren’t my favourite, I’m not a fan of flipping from different time periods. For instance, it would go from the present to “5 months Before”. I don’t like when books are formatted to jump all over the place. I really liked Cole and Nikki. I liked that he was pressuring her to come back with him to Everneath and wouldn’t leave her alone. He was always around trying to convince her to change her mind, and was so confident that she would choose him over the tunnels. I wasn’t disappointed with the ending, but I’m sceptical with where the books are going. I’m a fan of Cole and Nikki, not Jack and Nikki. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say what happens, but I just have a feeling the “couple pairings” are going to p*ss me off. Cole is being played as the bad guy, where Jack is seen as her protector. I don’t want Jack in the picture. He’s a nice guy, and he deserves to finish last.
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful debut from Ashton! Can't wait to see what what happens next!! I received this e-ARC for review from the publisher through NetGalley. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. This is Ashton's debut novel, and I found it very hard to put down! I was immediately drawn to this book because of the gorgeous cover. I love the red/black colour combination, and that dress is simply amazing! At the beginning of the story, 17 year-old Nikki Beckett is awakening from something called "the Feed." She is with Cole, the Everliving that she was feeding for 100 years in a place known as the Everneath. Cole has been feeding off Nikki's emotions, and she shouldn't have survived the Feed...yet, somehow, she did. Cole wants her to become an immortal, like him, and live with him forever but she wants to return to her home. The only thing that she can remember about her life back on Earth (the "Surface") is a boy with brown eyes and brown hair, and Nikki feels compelled to find him. Nikki returns from the Everneath to find that only six months have gone by. She cannot explain her absence, and everyone thinks that she became addicted to drugs and simply ran away. No one would believe her if she told them where she really was. Because of Nikki's decision not to remain in the Everneath with Cole, she has only six months on the Surface before she has to return to the Tunnels to power the Everneath for eternity. She is determined to make things right and say her goodbyes and not leave without a trace like the last time. Coming back is a selfless act, because she knows that she cannot stay and that she will only have to return to the Everneath. For Nikki, coming back will make it ultimately more difficult on herself because she has to leave again. The story jumps back and forth from the present tense with a countdown to her time left on the Surface, to the past tense where we learn about the events that led up to Nikki's trip to the Everneath. I thought that the countdown technique that Ashton employed was cleverly anxiety-provoking! It definitely made me feel uneasy watching Nikki's time wind down, and it make it hard for me to put the book down! The boy with the brown hair and brown eyes, Jack, was Nikki's boyfriend. What's not to love about Jack? Nikki doesn't make it easy for him to be around her, but he senses that there is more going on than she is letting on and lets her know that he has her back. He never forces her to talk or open up but, rather, waits until she feels ready to let him in. Jack is the type of boyfriend that is every high school girl's dream! I hate to say it, but I even loved Cole! Despite the fact that Cole is supposed to be the "bad guy," his feelings for Nikki appear to be genuine. I think that Cole said it best: "Trust me, Becks. I know exactly what loving you looks like on a person. And he loves you." Ashton did a great job with everyone's character development. I loved Nikki's character growth, and my heart just ached for her because she felt that she deserved what she got and that there is no such thing as redemption. I have always been a fan of mythology, and I love how Ashton integrated it into the story. The ending was a jaw-dropper, and I cannot wait to see what happens next!! MY RATING: 4 stars! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it!! Thanks to HarperCollins for the opportunity to review this book!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! You can read all of my reviews at http://www.alluringreads.blogspot.com "In the dark, dank world of the Tunnels, I would call upon this memory. And there would be a flicker of candlelight. If only for a moment." What a breath of fresh air! This book had all the elements that I look for in an Alluring Read. It had perfectly developed characters, an excellent plot and some great romance. I read this not knowing the tale of Hades and Persephony, but did this ever spark my interest in Greek mythology. There is a love triangle in this centered around our protagonist and featuring the boy next door and the not so villainous villain. I LOVED Cole and I felt for him. Throughout the book I wanted to shake Nikki and make her see that even though he was the bad boy, deep down he loved her in a way that was completely foreign to him. The rise in Nikki and Coles relationship was so well executed that I was thirsty for more everytime the subject matter changed. What I admired most about Brodi Ashtons writing was how she created this new world where impossible things were possible and I believed it. I wasnt left wondering how it all happens and feeling like parts of it didn't make sense. For me, the style of this book was reminiscent of Article 5 in the way that it went back in time here and there, which was an element that I loved in both novels. This is definitely a novel I will be talking about for a while and recommending to my fellow readers!
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Addictive read with creative mythology twists I love reading mythology. I find the elements of a traditional myth fascinating and I'm often drawn to books that include aspects of mythology when choosing a book to read. I found Brodi Ashton's original take on several stories from Greek and Egyptian Mythology compelling and Everneath was an enjoyable as well as addictive read from cover to cover. Let's talk Cole. I know that he is the "villian" in this tale. He wants to drag Nikki back with him, but I don't know if I've ever read about a "hotter" more "charismatic" villian before. I would have had an incredibly hard time refusing the attention of this guy even if it meant losing my heart. Let's talk Jack. Sweet, sensitive, protective and completely in love with Nikki, I think I might have just found my new book "boyfriend". The author proves herself to be a skilled storyteller as time weaves back and forth and we uncover more of Nikki's past and present. The twists and turns in the book make it unpredictable and I found the fact that I was kept guessing throughout the book, refreshing. I'm looking forward to the next book (and more Cole and Jack) :) Recommended. For more reviews check out: www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Was Great The modern spin on the myth was great and different, I really enjoyed the writing and the story and the charactrs were really likeable, it was face paced and hard to put down. Nikki was an easy character to read and I thought Cole was awesome and so was Jack. I look forward to the next in the series. :0)
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the spin on mythology! Everneath is an alluring spin on the Persephone myth. With sweet characters, a sometimes not-so-villainous villain, unique plot and a wonderful heart-achingly beautiful romance. Even though I guessed how it was going to end it was still simply torturous to see it playing out in front of me. I'm eagerly anticipating seeing what's to come! ~~~ Everneath is my third book loosely based on the myth of Hades and Persephone and I can honestly say it was done in a way that was really unique to me. I found myself thoroughly enraptured by Nikki's countdown to her Return and the boys that both tried to help and hinder her along the way. Nikki has been in the depths of the Everneath for 100 years, entwined with Cole while he Fed off her energy. But having been torn away from her family, friends and boyfriend 6 months earlier (time moves differently), she returns to try to make amends in the 6 months she now has left with the living. The start of the book throws us right into the thick of things, speaking of Nikki's Return, her time during the Feed, fear of the Tunnels. I admit I was a bit lost as the terms were thrown around but as the story progressed, this cleared up considerably. Nikki was so overwhelmed by sadness and pain that Cole offered to take the unwanted feelings away, and she unknowingly became his Forfeit--energy for him to feed off to fuel his immortality. Even though she's escaped for the time being, she will be pulled back to the Tunnels unless she can find a way to release herself from her bargain. I really liked the characters in Everneath. Nikki, while faced with her decreasing time with her loved ones, remained steadfast and clearheaded while she tried to find a way out of being sucked back into the Everneath forever. Jack, the boyfriend she left behind, never gave up on her, and kept her memory alive all the time she was gone. He's overjoyed when she returns but doesn't rush her into anything. They ease slowly into friendship again as Nikki recovers the emotions she thought she'd lost. Their relationship reminded me of the sweetness that is Violet and Jay from The Body Finder series. Their affections for each other leapt right off the page. Even Jules, Nikki's best friend, treats Nikki with a respectful distance until she's ready to talk. Cole was a bit of a mystery to me. He wanted Nikki to return with him, and even though Immortals like him weren't supposed to have feelings, he wavered between seeming to like Nikki then turning around and purposely doing things to hurt her. It didn't really endear him to me but I do want to know more about him. Even though the myth of Hades and Persephone is at the base of Everneath, it's so much more than a story about a god of the underworld and his stolen bride. I imagined the Everneath like an endless dark maze of people being taken without fully understanding the consequences and then being drained of their energy, feelings and memories until they were nothing but husks. Greek and Egyptian elements were woven together with Ashton's own unique 'secret society' and I thought it worked flawlessly. I loved how each element worked on its own but meshed with the others as well. The one thing I would've liked to see more of was family interaction. Nikki's been away from her dad and little brother for 6 months yet when she returns her father, who's running for mayor, seemed more concerned with upholding his image and sending Nikki to do community service than perhaps sit down with his daughter and try to talk about why she'd 'run away'. Yes they accepted her with open arms, as I would hope any family would, but they were a little too accepting for me. Her whole disappearance was a topic Nikki's dad was uncomfortable discussing and so it simply wasn't discussed. Review from my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2012/01/review-everneath-by-brodi-ashton.html
Date published: 2012-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mythology =Awesome This book was sooooo good!!!!! Its a definitely a MUST read. If you are a big fan of Greek gods and mythology with a romance twist this book is for you. I fell in love with the whole thing since I did start it at 11pm and stayed up until almost 3am, and I just finished it. It had a great plot, the romance with Nikki and Jack was adorable, I was awwwing throughout it because I just wanted these characters together! The whole novel was very well written, and the way Brodi Ashton does it hooks you on this whole idea of the Everneath, the information and the characters were amazing. I am a big fan of mythology, so I was hooked when I first started the book. I thought the book wasnt confusing at all because it was seasy to understand what was happening at the beginning of each chapter. Nikki was brought back after just waking up from a 100 year nightmare in Everneath. The one that that kept Nikki sane was her love for Jack because he is her boyfriend and she love him. Jack has to be the sweetest boyfriend, and when Nikki shows us what was leading up to her fall to the Everneath, it does piece together at why she went along with Cole. Cole was a very cool character, he was interesting even though he is very persistent with Nikki about returning to the underworld as his queen. Love triangles are a very interesting thing because we don't know what man she will choose, but its very clear that she is still in love with Jack (unconditionally). Even I fell in love with Jack and his personality. Cole I think will be playing with my heart in the next one! The story does have a great scenes and it picks up when Nikki wants to fight against going back to the evil place that took her in the first place. It was very different to any other mythical books. The writing was very well done, I was hooked from the start. It is definitely one series that I will be looking forward to when the next 2 books come out!!! Be sure to pick this one up!!
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brodi Ashton's dedicated writing and dialogue made for a wonderful debut *A copy was provided by the publisher pre-onsale date for review purposes* “Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” -Quote from Everneath Cover love - I have it bad for Brodi Ashton's Everneath. It's deliciously sinful and is what initially pulled me into the novel. Despite my uber excitement over Everneath, I was still a little wary about what to expect from it. I've been duped by pretty covers before and I absolutely did not want Everneath to disappoint. After finishing Everneath in one steady sitting, however, I felt quite conflicted. At the end, I wasn't sure whether or not I loved it. It took several weeks of contemplating to finally get my thoughts put together Everneath by Brodi Ashton features quite a few intriguing characters that instantly pull you in upon their introduction. Everneath's protagonist, Nikki, was someone I instantly connected with. Despite having a difficult time trying to understand her personality, I still connected with her emotionally. Brodi Ashton's dedicated writing brought Nikki's emotions to life, allowing me to easily access her struggling confusion and anguish. Cole, though absolutely smoldering, was one tough nut to crack. Regrettably, I couldn't see him in the same positive light as I did Nikki. Plainly put, he was hot and cold; an emotional roller coaster. “Remembering is easy. It's forgetting that's hard.” -Quote from Everneath Everneath's dialogue, overall, was quite interesting and unique. It led me down unpredicted paths that kept me on my toes at all times. However, it's dialogue did leave me confused for most of the novel. Everneath, unfortunately, started off very abruptly with very little background information about Nikki. It lightly touched it's supernatural background for the first few chapters until finally unfurling and giving the reader a full view. In addition, though I found the flashbacks fun to read and essential to the story's pace, they left me confused more then once. Negative thoughts aside; the secondary characters, overwhelming mystery, romance, and unpredictable story line turned me into a helpless victim! Despite my wary feelings after completing Brodi Ashton's Everneath, I found that it was an excellent read, despite my little runabouts of confusion. Nikki was a fantastic character and Brodi Ashton's dedicated writing and dialogue made for a wonderful debut to a series with quite a bit of potential! Paranormal fans, be sure to check out Everneath!
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful & original! In a sentence: YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! I'm serious! Whether you're a fan of contemporary novels or paranormal books (like me!), Everneath is a must-have on your shelf. It has the perfect mixture of a supernatural element, beautiful writing, and perfectly flawed characters that make your heart leap out of your chest! Everneath was so different from the Persephone and Hades re-telling I thought it would be — and I mean that in the BEST possible way! Brodi Ashton created an original and fascinating world of immortal Everlivings that fed on humans for life, with plot twists I didn't see coming and raw emotion so powerful that I couldn't believe this was a debut! But my absolute favourite thing had to be the characters. I connected with Nikki instantly — her mind and actions were so easy to believe and understand. And yes, there's a love triangle but it worked perfectly in this book! ♥ Both Jack and Cole were seriously two of the awesomest book boys in the history of awesome book boys (and both were also SO sweet)! Beautiful, heartbreaking, and completely original, Everneath was a debut that stole my breath away! I would give it a million stars if I could. There aren't many books that portray human emotions this flawlessly and Brodi Ashton has definitely made my favourites list because of it! :) BUY or BORROW?: I would buy this book for the cover alone, but what's inside is definitely worth every penny! Buy this book for sure! ;)
Date published: 2012-01-07

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Everneath

by Brodi Ashton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.3 in

Published: January 16, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062071130

ISBN - 13: 9780062071132

About the Book

Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal onEverneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chanceto return to the Surface for six months, in this debut story loosely based onthe myth of Hades and Persephone.

From the Publisher

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.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

About the Author

Brodi Ashton 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. Brodi has an active following on her blog, which can be found at www.brodiashton.blogspot.com. She lives in Utah with her family. Everneath is her debut novel.

Editorial Reviews

?Ashton?s debut, is complex and intriguing. Drawing inspiration from such myths as Osiris, Orpheus, and Persephone, it explores the nature of loss and longing and what it means to be alive.? (Publishers Weekly)
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