Author: Brodi Ashton
Source: On Loan from Library
Edition: Hardcover, 370 pages
Genre: Modern Fantasy, Mythology Re-telling
Publisher: HarperCollins / Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Published Date: January 24th 2012
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.
Dates Read: February 17 – 18, 2013
It’s been a while since I read Everneath, however I felt I should say something. I wasn’t planning on posting a review on here of this one, though after I had written one from Goodreads I changed my mind. It’s not as long, nor as in-depth as my usual spiel, just a fore-warning.
I saw Everneath on my feed time and time again, with folks for the most part praising it’s awesome-ness, but still I refused to read it. I chalked it all up to hype, it didn’t sound like my kind of book, I would rather spend my money on a book I really wanted, on and on my reasons went for not reading Everneath. Then a trip to the library happened and there the book was. I took a chance.
Best chance ever. I ended up totally liking this book, not to mention falling in love with the re-telling sub-genre!
This book doesn’t get five-stars from me because I had some issues with pacing and character development.
(Pacing) I have found for the most part for YA books to either be too slow, too quick or a mix of both. It’s a fine line I must say, so I don’t hold it against the author. Though pacing does affect my reading enjoyment and therefore affects my rating.
(Character Development) For this one, I felt there were secondary characters like Jack and her female friend that I can’t remember the name of at the moment that weren’t very meaty. I enjoyed them, but I felt they lacked fullness. Some of that is because this is the first book in the trilogy and we’re getting a lot of information all at once, but still.
Otherwise this was a great read. The mythology this story was based on was fun and refreshing, at least for me. I loved the world Ashton created by the book’s end I was invested in these characters more than enough to continue with the trilogy.