Published Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.
Everneath is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Brodi Ashton.
Everneath is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.
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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…
The Everneath kept Nikki away from her family, her friends and the love of her life for one hundred years.
She chose to go. She chose leave them all behind. To escape to a world that was free from the pain she felt on the Surface. To be cocooned in a century-long embrace with an immortal boy who could take away all her suffering. All her emotions. All her memories. And leave her empty.
But when that time had ended she chose to Return. Even if it meant that it wouldn’t be forever. That after just six months the Everneath would come to claim her. Even if it meant that this time she would have to say goodbye.
And even if it meant the possibility that this time she wouldn’t want to leave.
Everneath is the hauntingly beautiful, deliciously dark and incredibly captivating first book in this new series by author Brodi Ashton. It blends together the modern day with mythology, creating a story that is as seductive as it is heartbreaking.
The main character, Nikki Beckett, has escaped to the Everneath and given herself to these immortal beings called the Everliving. As a Forfeit she has chosen to give them her life’s essence in exchange for the numbness of having them strip away her layers of pain, her emotions and her memories.
But when a century in the Everneath had passed, equal to just six Surface months, and the Feed had ended, instead of heading off quietly into the Tunnels or choosing another fate with Cole, she decided to Return. But her days are numbered. She has only six months to say her goodbyes, to right any wrongs, to make amends and to explain just where she disappeared to when she left so unexpectedly and without a word to anyone.
And while half of a year may seem like enough time to repair any damage she’s caused, it’s also just enough time for her to realize that while the Everneath may have been the escape she once sought and being there with Cole had felt like home, being back with her family and friends was where she wanted to be right now. Where she wanted to remain. And saying goodbye to Jack, the boy she loved, was something she never wanted to have to face.
Everneath will keep readers immersed in a story that is part myth, part love story and part mystery. As the story progresses and as time winds down for Nikki, the sense of urgency begins to build, making this a story that is not only intoxicatingly beautiful but utterly riveting.
The world that author Brodi Ashton has begun to develop in this first novel in the series, while based on myth, is absolutely fascinating and surprisingly unique. And the taste that the author gives of the mythology and the peek she offers into the Everneath will leave readers excited for more.
With a pace that escalates as time begins to run out, with characters that are irresistible, with a story that is all-consuming and with an ending that will leave readers desperate to find out just what comes next, Everneath is without a doubt a must read.
Reviewer gives this book…
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
On a personal note:
With each of the two reads of Everneath, I was totally spellbound, completely heartbroken and left with a pit in my stomach that lasted for days. Both times. And I imagine that when I read this book again, I will feel exactly the same way.
And I will read this book again. And again. I can’t wait for its release so that I can add the finished copy to my collection and devour this book once more. This is one of the few books that I have on my list of absolute must re-reads.
What an amazing book this was. I was so completely drawn into this world and I never wanted to leave. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it. And I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I was equally torn between the two male characters.
Jack may have been the good boy, but he was not the typical nice, comfortable or safe choice. He was strong and sexy and protective, but he had a little bit of the bad boy in him.
And then there was Cole. The perfect bad boy – a musician and an immortal with an agenda and a need for power. He was possessive and dangerous and incredibly sexy. But while it may have been buried beneath his disarming smirk, he did have a heart.
It was just so easy to fall in love with this book. It happened for me on page three the first time I read it and happened all over again on page one the second time.
I could not put this down. With either read. I was instantly hooked. I could not even think of breaking away from this story. I was transfixed. By the gorgeous writing. By the love story. By the mythology. By Nikki, Cole and Jack.
I love the way the author described Nikki and Cole’s time together in the Everneath. Just thinking of how they were wrapped up in one another’s embrace for a century, with their limbs entangled, so closely joined together in the cocoon made by the Shade makes me sigh. She described it so beautifully, it left me a little breathless every single time. Even just thinking about it now takes my breath away.
And I love the way she kept shortening the time gaps for each chapter as time began to run out for Nikki, both in the present and in the past. It created an unbelievable amount of tension and made me want to race through those pages to find out how the story ended. Even when I read it the second time and I already knew just how things would end.
There is so much I want to talk about from this book, but it’s all spoiler-y. About Nikki and the choices she made and didn’t make. About Jack. About that tattoo of his, and about…. Nope, can’t talk about that. About Cole and just what he really thinks about Nikki. About being heroic. About the Everliving. About the Everneath. About how this story ends. And about what comes next.
I have been desperate for months, since I first read this book, to find out just what happens in the sequel. I can’t believe I have to wait over a year for book two’s release. After that ending, I was just dying to know what happens. I’m still dying. Still. Nearly two months later. Talk about a torturous wait.
Everneath definitely has and ending that will leave you tied up in knots, begging to know what comes after. It certainly left me feeling that way… like a complete pretzel.
There were a lot of favorite passages and quotes that I flagged in Everneath. Passages that every time I read them, yank me right back into this story. While most of them are too spoiler-y or should be read in context, there is one that just makes me grin. And sigh. And grin some more.
He put his lips against my head. “Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”
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This review is based on a printed ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.