Everneath (Everneath #1)
by Brodi Ashton
My Copy - Hardcover edition from the US - amazon.com $12.23
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...
*side note - One of my favourite covers ever.
Wow. Breaking it down: over and above I absolutely loved this book. It’s one of my favourite reads of 2012 so far and definitely one of my favourite YA books ever. I picked it up a few hours ago and I literally couldn’t put it down until I finished, the story and the writing was so compelling and addictive. At the same time I found Everneath a really difficult read because my chest ached the entire time; the narration was so heartbreaking and the premise so bittersweet and dark. Brodi Ashton’s mythology is pure genius, I was captivated by her take on the Hades and Persephone myth and the underworld called ‘Everneath’ and the creatures that live there ‘Everlings’. It was just stunning and unique and so refreshingly wonderful to read. Narrator and heroine, Nikki, is exactly that - she’s courageous and pure of heart as is the love of her life, Jack. That sounds cheesy and perhaps a tad overdramatic but I assure they are anything but. In fact the love story was authentic, gripping and utterly heartbreaking. It’s one of the most real for me of all the love stories I’ve read in YA. I was actually choking back the tears a little at the end of this book. Not sure it’s one I could re-read over and over again but I am definitely desperate to read book two.
Beautifully dark and sweetly haunting. A must read!