- Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
- Format: Hardback | 370 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 36mm | 318g
- Publication date: 24 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0062071130
- ISBN 13: 9780062071132
- Sales rank: 89,182
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.
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By Margie C 18 Jul 2012
Everneath is a phenomenal modern-day mythology retelling of Persephone and Hades story.
(Hades, the god of the underworld who viciously kidnapped Persephone to make her his queen. You can read more about the myth here.) I actually read this book in March, and until now, I had not been able to find the right words to put into a review. I knew of Persephone's very sad story and Brodi Ashton was able to capture the heartache and enchantment of it so perfectly and unforgettable that it has stayed with me since then.
At the start of the story, we are immediately right by Nikki's side in the underworld as known as the Everneath. It is a bit confusing at first and that is because Nikki is too. There is such a darkness and overwhelming feeling of being lost and sad, that I couldn't help myself get pulled in and feel stuck and helpless just like Nikki did. It was a such a realistic state of mind that I hope to never feel again.
When Nikki slowly comes to her senses alongside Cole, she not only discovers that she's not suppose to have any memories, but that she is lucky to have had survived. Cole is mesmerized by her strength and is determined to have Nikki as his queen so they can overrule and take over the underworld. But Nikki knows that she survived for a reason. There is someone that she is suppose to find... Jack... and chooses to go back to her reality and ignore the consequences, for now.
Even though she was in the Everneath for a year, in our reality, she was only gone for 3 months. She was a star student with a promising future, but after she disappeared, everyone assumed that the fell to drugs and ran-away from home. Her comeback is hard on everyone, especially on Nikki, because when you are in the Everneath all of your feelings and emotions have been drained right out of you and it takes a long time for a little bit, if any, of your happiness to return. But when you meet Jack, as quickly as your heart will swoon for him, it will ache just as much too.
The ending was completely unpredictable to me. I cried and couldn't believe what had happened.
I cannot wait to read the next book, Everbound, and find out what happens next!
By Novia Chang 06 Feb 2012
When I saw the summary for Everneath a few months ago, I thought it was another retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth (it's not) and that it involved a love triangle (it doesn't). Instead, Everneath mixes Egyption mythology with a fresh take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a unique combination that I have not seen in YA paranormal books.
When we meet Nikki Beckett, she has just returned from Everneath, a realm for immortal beings called Everlings, but everyone assumes that she was a drug addict and runaway since she disappeared for six months without a trace. The story is told in flashbacks, so in addition to reading about what's going on in the present, we also find out the circumstances that led to her being in Everneath in the first place. While the story unfolds slowly, it kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out exactly how Nikki ended up in her situation.
Nikki is an interesting character. Prior to going to Everneath, she was very insecure in her relationship with her boyfriend, the popular and handsome starting quarterback, Jack. While it saddened me to read about this girl who thought she was not good enough for a boy, her feelings of insecurity are very important to the book's plot. I didn't love Nikki but I didn't hate her either. She made some poor decisions that led to horrible consequences and now she has a hard time living with these consequences.
As for the boys, I loved Jack! He is a great example of love, forgiveness and sacrifice. Jack may just find himself on my list of favorite book boys for 2012. I'm probably supposed to hate Cole, he is sort of the villain in the story, but I'm more intrigued by him than anything else. Cole is an Everling, an immortal being who lives off the life energy of humans. Even though Cole is pretty much a parasite, I don't hold him responsible for Nikki's situation. She gets all the blame for that. I'm really hoping to learn more about Cole and the political situation in Everneath in the sequel. There are mentions of an evil, life sucking, homicidal queen of Everneath and who can resist learning more about her!
With its unique mythology and an ending that left me dying for more, I cannot wait to read the second book in this series. Everneath is a wonderful debut novel by Brodi Ashton and I am looking forward to more from her. I highly recommend this book, especially to readers who love all things mythology (like myself).
Content: Kissing, some profanity and underage drinking
By Nicola Markus 04 Jan 2012
This was a very enjoyable read. The first few pages are a tad confusing, but within a couple of chapters the storyline becomes clear and the opening makes sense. One of the things I liked about this book was the clever juxtaposition of current events with those that led up to Nikki's disappearance. This was done seamlessly and it had an almost filmic quality with the past events working like flashbacks in an art house film.
Nikki is a strong, well-written character and one the reader can feel immediate empathy for. Cole and Jack also come across well and I found it refreshing that the heroine was drawn to the decent Jack rather than the 'bad boy' Cole - that makes a nice change from much of the current YA literature.
Another major strength of this book is its great premise and the way it connects to mythology of the Underworld. I love mythology and folklore and it's great to see those stories being reused and brought to a wider audience.
This is a story that was well paced, well told and well written. I raced through it in one sitting and I can think of fewer more enjoyable ways to pass a couple of hours. I will certainly be keen to read any future releases by this author, including the second Everneath book when that comes out.
I received this book as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.
"Ashton's debut, is complex and intriguing. Drawing inspiration from such myths as Osiris, Orpheus, and Persephone, it explores the nature of loss and longing and what it means to be alive."--Publishers Weekly