Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Published: January 24th, 2012 (HarperCollins)
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge 2012
Series: Everneath #1
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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...
With a refreshing new take on the myth of Persephone, Brodi Ashton has created a thrilling debut novel that will pull the reader in while they get sucked into the story.
Everyone who knows me, knows I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology and I thoroughly enjoyed Ashton's take on it. Her writing is fluent and to be honest, it made me read like a maniac. I couldn't flip the pages quick enough! Nikki's time on the Surface it ticking away, and she is determined to find a way to stay there with Jack, her boyfriend. The pacing is fast and manages to keep the reader's attention perfectly.
While I thought that Nikki could have spent some more time with her family, like she wanted in the beginning, I was intrigued by her determination to not go back to the Everneath. To her, Cole is both alluring and repulsive, because of what he did to her when she was at her weakest. She admits her faults and that she should have done it differently, but there's no way to turn back time, so she has to live with the consequences. I liked that about her. I liked that she was a fighter, even though she knew that the Tunnels would come for her in six months time. I liked her.
And for the first time in probably ever, I liked both guys in the story. They both had their good sides and even though Cole fed on her emotions for six months, draining Nikki until she was almost an empty shell, I felt myself to be curious about him. I want to know more.
After that ending, I can only say that I'm already impatiently awaiting the sequel to Everneath. I'm sure it'll be just as addicting as this debut novel!