Everneath (Everneath Series #1)

Everneath (Everneath Series #1)

by Brodi Ashton


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A captivating story of love, loss, and immortality

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 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 months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062071149
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Series: Everneath Series , #1
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 286,653
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 7.86(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

BRODI ASHTON is also the author of Everneath, a VOYA Perfect 10 for 2011; Everbound; and Evertrue; and the coauthor, with Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows, of My Lady Jane. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Brodi lives in Utah with her family. You can visit her online at www.brodiashton.blogspot.com

What People are Saying About This

Becca Fitzpatrick

“Enthralling and suspenseful, EVERNEATH is pure indulgent escapism!”

Ally Condie

“I was pulled under by this bittersweet, beautiful retelling of the Persephone myth. Ashton’s lovely storytelling and strong-on-her-own-terms main character set this one apart. Wonderful!”

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Everneath 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 255 reviews.
kearytaylor More than 1 year ago
I’m honestly not really sure with where to begin this review… I had measured expectations about Everneath. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, and while I really wanted to just fall in love with it (because look at that seriously beautiful cover!), I held a little back, just in case I found I didn’t fall head over heels. I shouldn’t have been so worried. Everneath was fantastic. I take that back. It was fan-freaking-tastic! I honestly don’t even want to call this a Hades/Persephone story, I just want to let it be its own amazing story. Really, Everneath is everything Abandon by Meg Cabot should have been… It was dark, heart-wrenching, and romantic. I think Everneath had the best first chapter that I’ve read in a really, really long time. So creepy and “what is going on here?!” I love it! One thing that threw me just a bit was the character of Cole. Don’t get me wrong, he was great. But he reminded me a little too much of a different Cole I know quite well. My own Cole from my Fall of Angels trilogy… I won’t go into too much detail but… stalker, bad guy, obsessed with the MC, way too good looking, determined to take someone into the “Everneath/afterlife”… anyway. I seriously can’t wait to read the next book and it almost makes me wish I hadn’t gotten an ARC of this because now I have to wait all the longer! So go out and buy this NOW! I won’t be surprised if Everneath ends up in my favorite reads of 2012. 5 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was suffering from good-book-ending syndrome and decided to read this since it reminded me of Hallowed (the book thst caused my disease) due to its cover and love triangle mentioned in the summary. I was confused in the beginning and planned to stop reading but decided to give it a chance. Boy was i right on that choice! This book is nothing like youd expect. Can't say more. My third favorite book/series behind Hush Hush and Unearthly. Can't wait for the sequal! WARNING: THE ENDING IS SAD. I am suffering from good-book-ending syndrome again ;___;
vickytren More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Kept me very entertained. Loved it
AmyO122 More than 1 year ago
I've been hearing buzz about Everneath for a while so when my friend offered to let me borrow her ARC I jumped at the chance. I'm not sure what I was expecting going into the book but it certainly wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Everneath a sad, desperate story about the repercussions of a bad choice. I am not usually a fan of sad books, they usually take forever for me to read, but I couldn't put this one down. The underlying story of the possibility of redemption, love conquering all, heroes and hope kept me turning the pages until late at night. Everneath is not one of those books that will sweep you away from the world. It's not easy to read but it is well worth the journey. The story is beautifully written. The characters are the kind that you talk about as if they are real. And the lessons learned are ones that apply to everyone. I'm really looking forward to where this series goes. Oh, one last thing. Those of you that know me know that I am a fan of the bad boy. They are my weakness. I was very surprised to find myself rooting for the good guy this time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everneath leads you on with a great start but doesn't follow through. The author did not fully explain the everneath and the underworld. She started several ideas to bring the story together but did not finish them. Such as the greek mythology which was quickly dismissed in the story and only made slight sense. The bracelet idea was not even finished in the book. I was left dissapointed because of the great reviews. Their was also barley any closeure to the story and some aspects of the book were so completly unrealistic. Such as when she returned from being gone for months and the polics weren't invovled. Do not buy it, bye.
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Hurt and bereft, the Everneath was the solution Nikki Beckett was looking for when she disappeared from view six months ago. Never once did she imagine returning to her old life ever again. Yet as her time within the Everneath came to a close, a vision of the boy she'd once loved sprung into her mind and gave her the strength to make the decision to return to the surface - a decision that did not sit well with Cole, the immortal who'd drawn her to the Underworld in the first place. Nikki is determined to make the most of the six months she has left before the Tunnels come to claim her. She tells herself that this time she'll do things right and make sure she doesn't leave behind any loose ends when the time comes. Her transition as one of the living isn't easy for her. Her emotions are numb and part of her yearns to return to the depths of the Everneath once more. Intent on making the most of things, she heads back to school, hoping she'll get the chance to see her beloved one last time. Getting back into the swing of things, she opens herself up to new possibilities as well as the feelings Jack begins to evoke in her - feelings she thought were dead for good. The spark between her and Jack is soon rekindled, much to Cole's chagrin. He wants to take her back with him and will stop at nothing until he achieves his goal. Devising ways in which to keep her tied to him, he does his best to thwart her every plan. As time continues to dwindle, Nikki tries not to lose control. She's adjusted to the world around her, even if some things are no longer what they used to be. Baring her heart to the one she loves, they plot together in hopes of finding a way to cheat the system so that she'll never have to return to the Everneath. That, unfortunately, is easier said than done. I absolutely loved this book. I'd been wanting to read this book for awhile now ever since I came across it's cover on a website I'm a part of. I must say the story doesn't disappoint. The pace is fast and consistent and the story keeps a person glued to it's pages. I found the references to Persephone and the Underworld delightful in addition to tie-in of the mythology surrounding Eurydice, as well. Definitely looking forward to more of Brodi's work.
Zeeelicious More than 1 year ago
The Story Everneath is loosely based on the Greek mythology of Persephone and Hades and of Orpheus and Eurydice with mentions of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris.  The story starts 6 human months after the feed where the main protagonist Nikki awakens after being sent to the Everneath (or the Underworld).  The Feed or Feeding is the way an Everliving (those immortals that live in the Underworld) can continue their immortal lives by stealing/freeding on the emotions and memories of the living (humans).  The feed lasts for a hundred years which is like 6 months of human time.  Once you have been fed upon, either the sacrifice dies, becomes old, or in rare cases, survives.  When a sacrifice survives, she then has a chance to become the Queen of the Underworld, with her Everliving the King.  If the sacrifice survives however, becomes old, she is then taken by the shadows and is brought to the Tunnels (Hell, if you wish).  The three main characters of the story are Nikki, Jack and Cole. Cole is the Everliving that took Nikki into the Everneath and bonded with her by taking all her emotions and memories.  They spend bound together for a hundred years when Nikki was able to leave the Everneath by keeping a thought/memory of her human love alive.  She is then taken over by a shade and awakes in a mini-mart in their town 6 months after the was supposedly gone.  She then tries to repair her relationship with her family while staying away from Jack and trying to repair her life.  This basically comprises most of the middle part of the story with the end resulting in Nikki staying above and Jack going to the Tunnels. My Thoughts Now, on to my review.  I was surprised that I liked the story of Nikki and Jack even though I had serious problems with the inconsistensies and the impossibilies of the whole story.  Let's start of on why I liked it.  The premise of the story IS intriguing.  I was curious about how the author would execute the Persephone and Hades' story.  Another thing that I did like about the story is the way Nikki comes off as a relatable character, although there are just times that you just want to bash her on the head for being so stupid.  Jack, on the other hand, comes off as a love-struck boy that apparently hasen't forgotten Nikki at all with Cole, adding to the romantic tension.  I see Cole as the perfect bad boy and secretly wish that this was a love story about Cole and Nikki. I love how the author gradually introduced us to the backstory by giving flashbacks of Nikki's memories 6 months ago.  It was integrated in a way that did not deter or confuse the reader and I was able to follow through without digitally flipping the pages back or forward to get what the author was trying to say. Despite my liking the whole story, or shedding a tear or two (it may just have been my raging hormones or something *shrugs*), I had problems with the story.  I just didn't get why no one put an Amber Alert out for Nikki when she went missing, why her father, being the Mayor of Park City didn't do anything in his power to find his only daughter, why everybody accepted that Nikki came back from Rehab when there were no signs of her acting like she needed to go to rehab before she went with Cole.  The only bad behavior I saw her do was going to concerts with Cole and his band which was not really bad at all since I went to concerts as a teen and was never in any risk of going off to rehab!  *Sigh*  True, she pretty much flipped out when she found out the hit-and-run driver who killed her mom got acquitten AND she caught Jack cheating on her.  That could have been a catalyst but still... I also thought that the whole time Nikki was pining away for Jack and not talking to him the whole middle part of the book was pretty stupid.  I mean, I am pretty straightforward and with her not talking to him was just stupid.  Jack, on the otherhand, I also expected him to confront her and ask her what her baggage is.  I know guys don't do the confrontation thing but with him saying that he loved her, I thought that would prompt a confrontation. Now, let's talk about Cole.  I thought that he was the hero in the story!  He had all the makings of a bad-boy alpha hero and I would have liked the story be based on Cole and Nikki.  True, he stole from Nikki but that would have made an awesome love story instead of Jack and Nikki's meh romance.  As a villain, Cole didn't do much of anything; just stalk Nikki like crazy and appearing in her room uninvited (what is it with creeps appearing in girls rooms uninvited?  THAT is not romantic!).  I thought that was serial killer/rapist creepy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually don't like paranormal stuff, but this one was REALLY good. I would recommend it for teens and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down! Hurry with the next one Ms. Ashton... Can't wait...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I'm 40ish and enjoyed this young adult novel. The writing is so well done and it kept me glued to the pages. I will be buying the next ones. Look forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book and normaly i hate reading
BlookGirl More than 1 year ago
I am again faced with the conundrum of trying to describe exactly why I love a specific book, in this case, Everneath. I suppose it's a pretty nice conundrum to have :-) What did I love best about this book? The characters! Nikki "Becks" Beckett is such a great protagonist. When she comes back to the Surface, faced with those she left behind and the damage she caused, she doesn't throw a pity party or blame others for her choices. She accepts responsibility for her actions and immediately goes about trying to make amends. Jack Caputo, Nikki's boyfriend is so loyal, understanding, and loving. However, his actions and reactions are completely realistic. He and Nikki do not immediately fall back in love and is not immediately understanding of her actions. When she hurts him, he doesn't just shrug it off. He is not just "all about Nikki" and demonstrates his love and loyalty to his family and friends, too. In short, Jack is completely swoon-worthy! Cole, the Everliving immortal who lured Nikki into the Everneath, is the perfect antagonist! I was never really sure what Cole's motives were for following Nikki back to the Surface, why he followed her around, and why he did the things he did. Was it just for purely selfish reasons or does he really feel something for her? The secondary characters are also rich in their complexity. From Nikki's little brother to her old best friend to the crazy lady who seems to be more than what she appears, I cared about each and every one of them. I love it when an author can make me feel invested in each character, no matter their role, and Brodi Ashton certainly nailed it here! The love triangle was refreshing and truly genius. While Jack is clearly the "good boy" and Cole is clearly "the bad boy", Nikki doesn't hem and haw over either of them, or moan and sigh over how she'll choose between them. She loves Jack, but is afraid of hurting him. She clearly has deep-rooted feelings for Jack and wants to reconcile with him. At the same time, Nikki is also drawn to Cole, but she is smart enough to realize that her time in the Everneath artificially altered her feelings toward him. Brodi Ashton does a great job of making her readers both sympathetic towards and suspicious of Cole all at the same time. We never really forget that Cole is the "bad boy". I can't wait to learn more about him in the next book. Another aspect of this book that I loved was the plot. In many Young Adult books, when something drastic is at stake -in this case, Nikki's soul- it seems like the romance or other extracurricular things often take precedence. Not so in Everneath. Nikki knows exactly what she wants to do in the six months she has left on the Surface: redeem herself. She makes an effort to patch things up with her father, who seems more concerned with his spot in the political race at times, and spending quality time with her little brother, Tommy. She doesn't just let things to "get back to normal", because she knows they never will be "normal" again, and that she has little time for pleasantries and practicalities. I love that Brodi Ashton did not let her plot stray away from what really matters. [Character limit reached. Read more on BlookGirl]
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
From the opening of this story the reader knows that Nikki is doomed. When Nikki comes back to the world and reenters the lives of her friends and family she sees the destruction she has caused by simply disappearing. The reactions of her little brother are so simple and true that they are remarkably touching. Watching Nikki struggle with herself and trying not to cause any further harm to those she loved is also moving. It’s a very emotional read and just following along with Nikki’s line of thought can be distressing. There were a number of times that I teared up at the thought of how alone Nikki felt with the information on her future and the realities of her life. The love she felt for Jack is both what caused her to end up in the Everneath and led to her return and it is something so strong that she hangs on to it by her fingernails. Everneath isn’t a run-of-the-mill pretty story where everything ties up nicely and you are done. And even though it’s a paranormal read, it’s still a thought provoking story that is both gritty and tender all at once. If this is how Brodi Ashton debuts, I can’t wait to see what else is hiding up her sleeves. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
lilberry More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Nikki Beckect decided to leave this world behind, along with all the hurting and her troubles she decides to escape to the Everneath where she is together with Cole for a hundred years, but the face of a boy keeps hunting her and pulling her back into her world, when given the choice to return home or stay forever in the Everneath. Nikki chooses to come back home, even if it means spending forever trapped in a horrible faith, it will all be worth it if she can see the boy with the brown eyes. But coming back to her old life isn't what she hoped it would be, after being gone for six months in the human world about her disappearance grew, even his father doesn't know how to deal with her, but the worst part is that Cole the one that took her to the Everneath, the place where immortals live, and has decided not to give her up and bring her back, but even if he is an immortal it doesn't mean he is a patient guy. The story of Everneath starts a little bit confusing and weird, but it's a weird and confusing sense that is necessary to really get into the story for it is hard to explain everything that happened to Nikki in a way that you can't always explain a movie that you just saw and make sense to the other person listening, but when that other person sees the movie he or she goes ahhh so that's what you where talking about. I love Nikki she is a strong heroine that owns up to her mistakes and fights for her life to come back to normal. In this book we can see Nikki grow as she gets back all her human feelings and the plot moves around forcing her to make choices, if you like strong heroines this is a good book for you. Even thought you get the feeling that you know what the worst case scenario would be, you don't get the sensation of inminante danger or disaster, but that doesn't mean that you feel the need to put the book down and forget about it, no Brodi Ashton found a way to make this story interesting in a way that it will keep on calling you once you put it down. Everneath is a beautiful story worth reading, just keep in mind you have to get throw a beginning that can be a somewhat confusing and you will be good. Its a good book even if there weren't a second part for this book, if it were a stand alone it's worth reading.
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
EVERNEATH is a refreshingly unique tale that will leave you hungering for more. With references to Hades/Persephone and Orpheus/Eurydice, this book definitely kept me glued to the pages to find out how Nikki’s story would unfold. This book had plenty of original elements even though loosely based off the mythology characters mentioned above. I was not disappointed! What was especially attention grabbing about this book to me was how Nikki’s story started. Six months later after enduring endless time in the Underworld, Nikki reemerges to give a proper farewell to the ones she left behind. She quickly finds out that things aren’t as easy as she thought it would be. She has to make a lot of adjustments to try to fit back into her old life. But that’s not her only worry, she has only Six months to say goodbye while trying to figure out the Everneath and what it all means to her and ultimately how it will affect her relationship with Jack, the one she left behind. I enjoyed how I got to get glimpses of Nikki’s past and how it leads her to the Everneath. This installment was pretty good and I can’t wait to see what happens next! Talk about sacrificing for the ones you love, this book really puts love to the test. I was pleasantly surprised!
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nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book in spite of some flaws, because it¿s fast-moving and suspenseful; it¿s a retelling of two Greek myths (Persephone and Hades, and Orpheus and Euridice); and it is incredibly romantic.The book begins in the Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell for beings who have discovered the secret to eternal life, which necessitates draining the life force from human ¿Forfeits.¿ Nikki Beckett, age 17, who narrates the story, is one of these Forfeits. She awakens after one hundred years (which equals six months in ¿earth¿ time) in a semi-conscious state after being cocooned with Cole, the boy who took her to the Everneath in order to drain her. Cole is ecstatic that Nikki has miraculously survived the ¿Feed¿ and is convinced this means she should help him rule over Hell as his queen. Somehow, though, even in her hazy state she realizes that she has an option to go back for six months before staying in Hell forever, and against Cole¿s protests, she chooses to do so. As bound up as she has been with Cole, she remembers a boy, ¿with the hands that fit mine just right.¿ She says ¿I¿m going home¿ and one of the underworld Shades enters her body through a stab wound and takes her to the surface.We only gradually learn about how or why Nikki went to Everneath with Cole. After the Feed is over, the next thing we see is Nikki back in high school in Park City, Utah. The kids in school avoid Nikki. She is underweight and looks bad and everyone assumes she was in a drug rehab place for six months. But Jack, the boy she remembered in Hell - who happens to be her former boyfriend - won¿t give up on Nikki, in spite of his devastation when she left without a word. And Cole wants Nikki back, and he has much more influence over Nikki than she would like.Discussion: Good Things:The interweaving of Greek mythology into this story (felicitously accomplished by the fact that the Nikki and Jack are both taking an English class whose teacher focuses on myth) adds a little something different to the usual triad of irritating girl loved by perfect boy as well as bad but sexy boy. I also liked that Nikki takes (almost) full responsibility for her actions and doesn¿t blame anyone else. Furthermore, she did not get inexplicably ¿better¿ after her stint in the Everneath; she still struggles with the problems that got her there in the first place.Cole is a good ¿bad¿ character ¿ he is nuanced and sympathetic. We don¿t know anything about his background though ¿ it would be nice to know ¿who¿ he started out as, and how he got to be where he is.Great cover, even though, as is common, it has nothing to do with the story.Bad Things:Nikki wants desperately to come back to the surface so she can explain to everyone who cared about her where she went and why, and maybe undo the hurt a bit. But when she returns, she is totally uncommunicative. You would think she would at least try to talk to her family about it; you would think they would insist she tell them. Nikki knows she only has six months left on earth to do this and yet, she just sits and knits (literally!) ¿.Jack, the hero whose face sustained Nikki in hell, is overly perfect. At one point Nikki says: "I knew¿the difference between what I had with Jack and the twisted thing I had with Cole [was that] Jack was real. Cole was a drug, artificial and simulated.¿Well, actually, it seemed to me that Jack was the one who wasn¿t real. Cole not only had dimensions, but I also liked the fact that his feelings for Nikki went totally against all of his inclinations and were therefore more flattering and interesting.[I won¿t address the question, however, of why either guy would be so smitten with Nikki as opposed to anyone else ¿ she¿s insecure, immature, insensitive and selfish. And after her stint in Everneath she apparently doesn¿t look so great either, although there isn¿t much indication that she was all that beauti
lilcrickit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, mostly because mythology was one of my favorites subjects in school. The characters were well rounded and memorable. The relationship between Jack and Nikki was so sweet, though the other guy Cole....super creepy! It was interesting how the author blended old mythology and updated it with a new twist. This story was about loss true but it was also about love and how that love can transcend through time and space. That same love allowed Nikki to choose to leave the Everneath and keep her from forgetting about her loved ones on the surface. That love also causes creepy Cole to pursue her even more. I thought the plot was steady and am wondering if Nikki will be able to escape the Everneath's hold on her. Overall, this was a great read and look forward to the next in the series.Favorite Quote: " Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with."
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excuse me while I gush because I absolutely loved this book! Despite knowing my 18 month old likes to wake up early I stayed up late reading because I just had to finish this book. I will admit it took me a bit to get into it and I actually put it aside to read something else but once it picked up and I could not put it down. What initially caught my eye was that the idea of returning to the surface for 6 months before having to return to the Everneath made me think it was going to incorporate the mythology of Hades and Persephone. What was nice was it did blend in aspects of Hades and Persephone as well as Orpheus and Eurydice in a seamless manner that made the story intriguing with enough originality to keep this book from being just a modern day retelling of the myths.Jack is by far my favorite character in the book. I adored him for his sweetness, loyalty and I loved that he was made so much more realistic with his freaking out at certain revelations instead of blindly accepting them as often happens in these types of books. I sympathized with Nikki because I can only imagine how horrible it would be to lose your mother and then to have your father accept the killer getting off on a technicality basically for political reasons. So even though Jack is so obviously in love with her I can understand why she was an easy mark for Cole to instill doubts about the relationship. Cole was a complicated character who at first just seems evil for duping innocent girls into being stuck in the Everneath but as the story goes on we see more and more complex layers to him.Another reason why I enjoyed this story is although the synopsis makes it sound like there is a love triangle this isn't the typical YA, paranormal love triangle story. While Cole may have feelings for Nikki she is unwavering in her love for Jack and he is obviously still in love with her. That just makes their situation that much more tragic and you are rooting for them to find a way to be together.If I had to choose a downside of the book I could only say is the fact that it will leave you dying for the next book.
Alisbookshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is so many words I could use to describe this book, I mean I could probably go on for days just using one word descriptions, but I'm not going to do that, no I'm only going to use five words.Splendid...Amazing... Heart Wrenching... Mesmerizing!Really even these words aren't enough to describe this incredible book to you. Everneath is one of those books you just can't turn the pages fast enough to read. It's one that you can't put down either and you end up taking it everywhere with you.Nikkie Beckett (Becks) is the main female character in this book, she's so devastated by her life and so many difference events that have happened, that she ends up turning to someone she knows that can take the pain away for her. I mean come on, we all would love to be able to do that sometimes, right? So we really can't fault her for that. The only thing is, Cole taking her pain away could cost her everything! Including all the people who she loves and loves her back. Including Jack!Jack is the guy who loves Becks so much that he just can't let her go, no matter how hard it is on him he just can't seem to move on, even after she is gone. Their love is so strong it gets both of them through so much but hurts them both at the same time. Now we must talk about Cole, Cole is a Everling. For those of you that don't know what those are, well I'll tell you. They live in the Everneath and to survive here on the surface they must feed off of other peoples emotions. Its hard to explain really, but it's like he steals their emotions! I fell in love with these characters, even Cole on a few occasions, yes I said it! He's sweet sometimes lol. I know it sounds cliche, but when Becks cried in this book, I did too. That's how emotionally charged this book really is. Greek Mythology plays a huge part in this book as well and if you enjoy that, you will love this book. Will Becks be able to find a way to cheat the system and stay with Jack or will she be sucked back down and into the Tunnels or will she choose Cole? What do you think she should do? Hmm, don't look at me that way, I'm not going to tell you. You need to read it and find out! hehe I will warn you I cried like a baby at the end of this book. I was also yelling at it when there was no more pages to turn. I need more books like this, where I'm dying for more pages and more words to read. One more thing I must say before I give my rating. I loved how the author showed us glimpses into Nikki's Past in this story. I loved how we got to see her grow as a character as well. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
danisnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely retelling of the Persephone myth, author Brodi Ashton puts her own modern spin on the story of the young, innocent goddess who becomes Queen of the Underworld. In Ashton¿s re-imagined myth, the Underworld is known as the Everneath ¿ home of the immortal Everliving ¿ which thrives on human emotional energy. After experiencing an extreme amount of heartbreak in a short span of time, seventeen-year-old Nikki Beckett turns to the one person who promises to take all her pain away ¿ Cole, an Everliving. Little does she know much much her decision, made in the heat of an emotional moment, will cost her. After surviving a century of the ¿Feed¿ in the Everneath, and for the most part mentally intact, Nikki refuses Cole¿s offer to remain with him and become an Everliving. She is repulsed by the idea of subjecting someone else to the Feed ,preying upon their emotions and destroying who they are piece by piece. Instead, she chooses to return home to her family and to Jack ¿ the boy whose face kept her from losing herself all those years. However, her return is not permanent. The shades of Everneath have marked Nikki as their own, and her return to the Surface will only last six months before the shades claim her forever. Coming to grips with her inescapable fate, Nikki resolves to make the most of her time and to mend ties with her friends and family. If she¿s leaving, she¿s determined to do it on her own terms. Nikki is such a broken character at the beginning of this book. Deprived of deeper emotions, alienated from her friends and family, her hardships and string of damaged relationships is ultimately her fault for choosing the Everneath over working through her issues. However, I couldn¿t help but be completely sympathetic. How could she have known at sixteen that the consequences would be so far-reaching? She couldn¿t have. Yet she takes complete responsibility for her actions without complaint and I found that admirable. Irrevocably changed by her experiences in the Everneath, Nikki is older, wiser, humble, more sensitive to the feelings of others and better understands the permanence of a rash decision. She knows she must leave her loved ones again, that her fate is unchangeable, but she¿s determined to give her friends and family the space, the time and the healing they need to forgive her initial abandonment. Most importantly she hopes to give them a little more closure this time ¿ to let them know how much she loves them ¿ before her time on the surface is up. The relationship between Jack & Nikki is really the crux of this novel. Their romance is built on years of close friendship and shared experiences, and finally took a romantic turn several months before Nikki is taken to Everneath. It¿s not hard to see why Nikki fell for Jack. Easy-going, friendly, adorably flirtatious, even-minded and devastatingly handsome (so says Nikki), he is an optimistic and charismatic guy who people are drawn to. Their relationship is wonderfully developed and Ashton has done an excellent job of making their romance an organic progression from their already solid friendship to a passionate, genuine love. Nikki & Jack have such a wonderful contentment and familiarity with each other that¿s refreshing to read. One of the things I loved most about Everneath was that Ashton switched between the past and the present, showing us Jack & Nikki as they are now, but also what they were like together before the Everneath. Between the heartache of the present and the romance of the past, Ashton paints the reader a lovely and heartbreaking picture of Jack & Nikki¿s love, just how much they¿ve lost¿ and how much they could stand to lose again. Determined to keep them apart for reasons of his own is Cole. Characters who constantly live in the moral gray, or who even seem to have an absence of morality fascinate me. Cole fascinates me. An immortal, Cole does what he does to survive, completely oblivious or perhaps consciously indiffe
SarikaP8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The moment I laid my eyes on the cover of Everneath, sometime during the last quarter of 2011, I knew that I HAD to read this book! Without even bothering to read the synopsis, I added it to my TBR pile. It was great to know that the book would come out in January and I highlighted January, 24 on my calendar. Then finally D- day arrived and it took me barely 5 days to finish the book, predominantly because it was so gripping! I found it hard to put the book down and spent hours reading it at night. Everneath is one of those books that makes you want to keep turning the pages at a super fast speed. Based on mythology, Everneath is the story of Nikki and how she is pulled into a whole new world of the Everneath by Cole. 6 months in the Everneath equals 1 century on the Surface. Technically, Nikki and Cole spend one century with each other and it is but obvious that this leads to feelings of attraction between the two. Cole is crazy about Nik and wants her to be his Queen in Everneath. Nikki, however, is already in love with quarterback, Jack and they are a couple, until Nikki is suddenly drawn to Cole's ability to wipe away all pain and he takes her to the Everneath, just to escape a betrayal from Jack, which actually never happened! One simple factor keeps Nikki alive in the Everneath and that is our hero, Jack. On her insistence to return to the Surface just so she can prepare herself for a proper, well versed goodbye to near and dear ones, Cole joins her. But then she faces the turmoil of being sucked into the Tunnels after a certain amount of time or going ahead with Cole to become Queen of Everneath. Well, from here on, you just have to read the book by yourself to know what happens! I strictly recommend Everneath. Author Brodi Ashton has done an excellent job with practically everything. The facts are straight, the characters extremely intriguing. The plot keeps the reader awake and makes you want to know more. Keeping aside the mythological basis of the book, I thought that the normal, regular life described it in was so well written. Nik's dad is contesting the Town elections for the post of Mayor. Her brother, Tommy is such an adorable little boy. Her best friend, Jules is confused by the turn of events, but yet manages to be the best friend that we all need. Even the cheer leader, Lacey, is so normal. Nikki also wroks at this soup Kitchen, just to restore life back to normal, which is such a well put down. I feel that the Contemporary aspect of the book does complete justice to real life and has been explained in a brilliant manner! One other character that completely blew me off was that of Meredith, girlfriend of one of the guys who plays in Cole's band, Dead Elvises, who could not survive Everneath and return to the surface as an old, crippled lady, who plays a significant role in making Nik and Jack understand so much about everything and so does Meredith's (or Mary's) mom. One other guy who caught my attention was the Shop- n- Go guy- the owner of the store from where Everneath is the closest- Ezra, whose not only name, but personality is also quite cool. Coming to the mythological aspect of it, the book revolves around the Daughter of Persophone and some really nice Greek tales of the Otherworld, Underworld or Afterworld and it's Kings and Queens and some really astonishing facts that end up relating to Nikki more than anything else. As for the two guys, I found it really hard to make up my mind as to whether I am Team Cole or Team Jack. I am sure this is going to be a major issue among readers. Jack and Nikki share such a wonderful relationship. Their love is so evident from their actions and faces even, that it makes you want to want them to be together forever! I think I am Team Jack after all. I thought he was superb and an extremely loving guy. It is hard to find a guy who is willing to die for you after you suddenly left him without any notice! Cole, on the other hand, is the hot guy and even his attitude t
xfryx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you add underworld myths, manipulative assholes, a superstar athlete and a lot of feelings?This book.I'm still unsure on the main character's motivations. Sucked dry of all feelings, she Returns to her old life, for what? Sure, she remembers her boyfriend. But, she doubted him enough to go to the Everneath in the first place. So, really, what is she doing?The world building was pretty awesome. I won't give anything away, you have to take that roller coaster ride yourself.The story was hard to put down, despite having no idea what was happening or why it was happening for a good portion of the book.The book ended on such a cliffhanger. I don't think I can handle it. There are very few things that I encounter that give me such a raw ache to find out what happens.
kristyf1504 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should just get this out of my system so that I don't go on a total rant later... I'm kinda, sorta, totally Team Cole. I know, I know! He's supposed to be terrible and mean and all that, but I really like him! Which is weird, because I almost always lean towards the guys like Jack in books like this! But I didn't actually like Jack that much until more towards the end. He really annoyed me at first, but then he gradually got better as a character. That was sort of how I felt for the entire book. The beginning was slow, didn't grasp my attention as much as it could have. But towards the middle it got so much better! Being a pretty huge mythology buff, this story was really intriguing. I love the myth of Persephone, so I really enjoyed the story in the book. Does that make sense? I guess I mean to say that I liked the plot. It was suspenseful but not... scary. Nikki wasn't my favorite protagonist ever, but I liked her in this story. I felt really terrible at the end of the story for both her and Jack, but that is all I'm going to say! I'm really excited for the sequel to come out next year!
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everneath is a very creative spin on the Orpheus and Eurydice/Hades and Persephone myths. It takes a bit to completely catch on to the mythology, but once you do, it sucks you in. Brodi Ashton puts a lot of thought into her mythology, and it really shows. All questions about the Everneath aren¿t answered, but the mystery is part of the reason that Everneath is impossible to put down. This sounds a little weird, but I completely fell in love with the complexity of the Everliving. They¿re such sad beings, but at the same time, they¿re cruel and horrible. You can¿t help searching for humanity in them.Nikki is a character that I thought I would dislike: she¿s been sucked dry of all her emotions, so I assumed she¿d be mopey and boring. Quite the contrary! Nikki is gripped with a sense of desolation, but she¿s still determined to make things right with the people she loved before she was taken to the Everneath. She¿s actually a fairly selfless person, and although she has some woe-is-me moments, she doesn¿t linger on them (and often they¿re well-deserved). Cole, the Everliving who took Nikki to the Everneath, is surprisingly not that awful of a guy. Nikki doesn¿t resent him too much, and because of this, the reader doesn¿t either. He¿s supposedly soulless, but as the story goes on, we see him evolve into something more.What would a story based on a Greek myth be without a romance? Everneath has one, but it¿s one of those slow-building types that makes you feel all fuzzy inside. It¿s a little bit unexpected, too, which is even better. The love interest is a nice guy who respects Nikki¿s vulnerability. Readers who aren¿t fans of the ¿bad boy¿ stereotype will love him. The romance isn¿t just there for romance¿s sake, either¿it¿s significant and pivotal to the story.Everneath is perfect for fans of paranormal romance who want something fresh. Brodi Ashton really outdoes herself with the mythology, and the story is completely gripping! I enjoyed Everneath quite a bit; it¿s not just a pretty cover, it¿s a beautiful story, too!