- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 26mm | 365g
- Publication date: 2 February 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857074571
- ISBN 13: 9780857074577
- Sales rank: 57,491
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...
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Brodi Ashton lives in Utah with her husband and two young sons. EVERNEATH is her first novel and is the first of a planned triology.
By MissPageTurner 27 Nov 2013
Nikki Beckett spent one-hundred years (equalling a few months in the real world) in a version of the underworld, the Everneath. Now she's back on earth but only for the limited time of six months, to say her goodbyes and spent the rest of eternity in the underworld. The first chapter was confusing at times, the Everneath a strange new sphere but you'll get what's happening when you are a few pages into the story. I really enjoyed the mysterious and hellish setting of the Everneath.
I felt connected to Nikki from the second I met her, thanks to Brodi Ashton who reserves plenty of time to get to know our heroine and her emotional dilemma. Her time in the Everneath, spent with Cole, robbed her of all emotions and she's feeling devastatingly empty. She's so strong despite everything she's lost.
And when she thought she'd lost her will to live, too she falls in love with her ex-boyfriend Jack all over again.
There is an Everneath boy, too. Cole, a very ominous character. He might be a hot rockstar and gather lots of fans around him, but he is also egoistic and kind of a parasite, drawing Nikki's energy to prolong his own life.
The concept of dependence that somehow binds Nikki, Cole and Jack in a love triangle was what made the relationships intriguing and I liked how both boys have very different meanings for our protagonist. Our present story is interrupted by scenes from the past that help us understand how Nikki got to know both boys and how she ended up in the Everneath.
But truly Cole has nothing on Jack. Jack, NikkiÃ?Â¢??s ex-boyfriend, Jack who she ran away from many months ago. He is exactly what I needed in this story! He has been waiting for her to return all along and he's willing to sacrifice everything for Nikki. Such an epic love story!
4,5/5 ****/* EVERNEATH- A smoldering & emotionally charged countdown to a beloved heroineÃ?Â¢??s ultimate Goodbye.
EVERNEATH was a new kind of story that I fast became absorbed in. Two hotties, one devilish clever, the other angelic sweet, are fighting for Nikki's love and for a way to bind her to their respective worlds. As invitingly hot and daring as the gorgeous cover of EVERNEATH, the story behind it is no different. EVERNEATH is a definite 2012 cover and debut favourite!
By Kate Verrier 27 Apr 2012
I bought this book for two reasons - one because of the gorgeous cover and two because I had read lots of reviews for it and wanted to see for myself what it was like.
I was drawn into the story very quickly, I liked how it jumped from then to now giving the reader teasing snippets of information about the events leading up to Nikki vanishing to the Everneath. Each chapter had a countdown to the time when Nikki was due to be claimed by the Everneath and every time I got to one of these points my heart started beating faster as I anticipated what might happen when time runs out.
The story is a modern-day retelling of the Persephone myth and I felt that this was captured perfectly. I actually had a feeling of hopelessness whilst reading and I found myself trying to figure out ways to stop the inevitable from happening. There were some really sweet, romantic moments and it made me feel sad that this was all happening to Nikki.
I was so absorbed by this story, I couldn't stop reading and ended up finishing it in just one day. One of the reasons I couldn't stop reading was because as I got further in the book everything started falling in to place - my questions were being answered and I was understanding everything much better.
The ending actually shocked me, I really didn't expect it, but now I think about it I feel like I should have seen it coming because there definitely were clues.
This is the first in a planned trilogy and I seriously can't wait to find out what happens next so I am eagerly awaiting news of the next book.
A dark and mysterious story that pulled me in and wouldn't let go!
By Daphne for Loving Books 08 Apr 2012
With a refreshing new take on the myth of Persephone, Brodi Ashton has created a thrilling debut novel that will pull the reader in while they get sucked into the story.
Everyone who knows me, knows I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology and I thoroughly enjoyed Ashton's take on it. Her writing is fluent and to be honest, it made me read like a maniac. I couldn't flip the pages quick enough! Nikki's time on the Surface it ticking away, and she is determined to find a way to stay there with Jack, her boyfriend. The pacing is fast and manages to keep the reader's attention perfectly.
While I thought that Nikki could have spent some more time with her family, like she wanted in the beginning, I was intrigued by her determination to not go back to the Everneath. To her, Cole is both alluring and repulsive, because of what he did to her when she was at her weakest. She admits her faults and that she should have done it differently, but there's no way to turn back time, so she has to live with the consequences. I liked that about her. I liked that she was a fighter, even though she knew that the Tunnels would come for her in six months time. I liked her.
And for the first time in probably ever, I liked both guys in the story. They both had their good sides and even though Cole fed on her emotions for six months, draining Nikki until she was almost an empty shell, I felt myself to be curious about him. I want to know more.
After that ending, I can only say that I'm already impatiently awaiting the sequel to Everneath. I'm sure it'll be just as addicting as this debut novel!
By Keren Kiesslinger 05 Feb 2012
Firstly let me say, I am utterly in love with the cover for Everneath. I think it is truly striking. Being the cover-magpie that everyone knows me to be, it is what had me hooked. But it was the blurb that reeled me in.
I am not actually all that familiar with much mythology. I guess I never really paid attention in that class - if indeed we even covered it, as I really don't remember us ever having done so.
I do think that if all myths were as beautifully crafted as Everneath, I would read them more often.
The closest I have come to mythology is when I read a YA book that happens to be a modern-day retelling. Ã?Â¯Ã?Â»Ã?Â¿
Having never read up on the original myth, I can't really say anything about how close this story runs to it or how loosely based. That is not for me to comment. But what I can tell you is that Everneath is a thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced book that has you hooked from the moment you pick it up.
It's nice to be able to pick up something different once in a while and I can tell you, this is certainly out of the ordinary, for me.
At first I found it odd that it would start with Nikki coming back from the Everneath. I found myself wondering a little at why it hadn't started before she went. But as I got into the story, I understood better and found that I wouldn't have wanted it to start any other way.
The relationships between characters were already established, so there was nothing to be built or worked on, just told. And what a beautiful way it was told in.
In a way, it was a little like having two stories told that run concurrently to each other. There was the NOW and BEFORE THE FEED (you will understand what that means when you read it for yourself).
I don't really want to share too much about the actual story, I don't feel it's up to me to divulge information that you would be better off finding out for yourself. So I will try to tell you a little without spoiling too much for you.
Nikki Beckett has gone missing. Nobody knows where she is or why she left. All they know is that she's gone.
Nikki had spent those months in the Everneath. Time in the Everneath passes differently than time on the Surface, so to Nikki, she had been gone for a hundred years.
She willingly went to the Everneath to rid herself of the emotions that left her broken-hearted. She didn't want to feel that way anymore. She didn't want to feel anything. So she went with Cole. Leaving the boy behind all those unwanted emotions on the Surface.
Jack. Nikki could see his face, but she didn't have a name to go with that face. What had she left on the Surface the day she left? Did she really want to spend eternity in the Everneath with Cole, feeling nothing, knowing nothing?
It's been 6 months on the Surface. People have moved on with their lives since Nikki disappeared. But then the unexpected happens. Nikki returns. She finds herself in one of the aisles of the local Shop & Go.
Now she has 6 months on the Surface before she must return to the Everneath, permanently. 6 months in which to try and heal some of the irreparable damage she inflicted on the people in her life when she left.
From the moment I picked Everneath up to the moment I finished - there was nothing but the book for me. Nothing else existed. I lost myself in the pages for hours at a time.
Brodi Ashton is a brilliant author whom I shall defintiely look out for further books from in the future.
I know she says there will be another 2 books after this and I am eagerly anticipating them. I cannot wait to find out what happens next and if it all ends well.
I'm not one for a fairytale ending "And they all lived happily ever after"... but I would like to think that things will resolve themselves and end on a happier note for Nikki, for Jack and even, dare I say it, for Cole.
I must say, the ending of Everneath was something I hoped would happen, but I learned long ago to expect the unexpected. So when it ended like it did, even though it was sad, I was happy - I can't really explain that one without spoilers but when you read it for yourself, you will know what I mean.
Well done Brodi on such a magnificent first book in what I imagine will be a beautiful trilogy!