Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

imageLast 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...

Everneath was wonderful. I loved the mythology and tension in it. Brodi Ashton is an amazing story teller. All of her characters were really well-developed, and they all had their own prominent voice.

Nikki was well-written, but at times she annoyed me. I feel like Nikki was too indecisive and angsty. I’m sure if I were in her position, I would be the same way, but it just wasn’t very fun to read about. Cole was annoying, but he was also really amusing- so half the time I didn’t even notice how annoying he was being. Jack was really clingy. He was clingy throughout the whole novel, and I just couldn’t get over it. That being said, the characters were believable. They were stuck in these undesirable ruts, but that’s just how people are. I just wouldn’t want to be friends with them in real life.

I found the plot of Everneath really intriguing. I liked that once people went into the Everneath, they didn’t just stay the same. The story was crafted well. The world of Everneath was slightly complex, but it was explained in a non-confusing way so I didn’t have a problem understanding it. I couldn’t stop reading it, and I was completely sucked into the story. However, I wouldn’t say that Everneath is a ‘must-read’. If you’re looking for a well written paranormal story- then Everneath is the book for you. I personally found it hard to get past some of the character traits, but that’s my only complaint.

FTC- Received from Netgalley.