Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton


Title: Everneath
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA (Paranormal)
Why I read it/how I found it: Read it in part for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

Description:
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...

Review:
This book is so emotionally charged. The feelings between Jack and Becks (her name is Nikki, but Jack calls her Becks, so I like that more) are intense. There's so much hurt, love, and longing between them it rips your heart out. I loved the flashbacks to give us an idea of Becks's life before Everneath, and how all of that builds up to see why she decided to go with Cole in the first place. And while the choice Becks made was wrong and weak, it makes her a good character, who has human emotions that make her use bad judgement. Her struggle with her choice was absolutely heartbreaking, but I think had a good parallel with substance abuse. Both only bring in more problems and emotional trauma than dealing with the situations the drug users try to escape from. My one complaint is that it takes a while to understand the world and what's going on exactly with the situation Becks is in. There's enough of a mystery with the Daughters of Persephone and the bracelet that we don't need the mystery of Beck's time in the Everneath.

Other information: This is set to be released as a trilogy. Brodi Ashton's blog is here.

8 comments:

  1. I keep hearing wonderful things about this book. I really want to read it!

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  2. I just finished reading Everneath too and loved it. Jack is such a great character...you can't help but love him. There is also the mystery of Cole and you almost want to like him. I kept going back forth with him. Completely off subject, but have you read The Fault In Our Stars? It's not paranormal but seriously the best book I have read this year. Funny and heartbreaking...*sigh*.

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  3. This one looks like fun--I'll have to check it out! Great review.

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  4. New follower and I SOOOO want to read this book!

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  5. Oooh... This sounds good! I'm going to have to read it! Thanks for visiting my blog by the way!

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