Everneath (Everneath Series #1)

Everneath (Everneath Series #1)

by Brodi Ashton
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Everneath (Everneath Series #1) by Brodi Ashton

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062071156
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Series: Everneath Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 98,227
File size: 1 MB
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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 212 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The flow is so good. I got really into this book and flew through it. I like all the characters. Highly recommend. I will be reading the rest of the series.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
The Good Everneath was a strange read told from the POV of Nikki Beckett, also called 'Becks' and 'Nik' by various characters. If you watch Once Upon a Time, it does a similar thing with time whereas there are alternating chapters of 'Now' and chapters going back in time to explain how she ended up where she is. I quite liked this setup, but it made for getting information on the Everlings and Everneath a little bit at a time. This is a story that references Hades and Persephone and actually has the characters researching these and more ancient Greeks for more information to their plight. I have read a lot about Hades and Persephone, as it's a myth that I enjoy. This was definitely a part of the story that grabbed me and had me wanting to know more. Our main character Nikki has made some very poor choices in life to get her in these dire circumstances. Part of what made me like the story so much was that it made me FEEL. Even though she is trying to hide from her fate now and is still not making the best choices, she is doing better and that has to count for something. I felt for all the characters in the story though, even the anti-hero Cole. He's not really a villain so to speak as he has no 'evil' intentions, but he is definitely not a good guy either. No one is having an easy time of it in Everneath. The Bad There's definitely some more information that I'm looking for here. I don't understand why only six months pass above while the Feed takes a century in Everneath. Like why is Cole mixing up Osiris from Egyptian myth with the Greek Persephone myth? I also would really like to understand why they send 'food' down to the Queen all the time yet the Everlings go down to recharge for a century of feeding. As you can see, while we get some information about this world and its intricacies, we're left without quite a lot of the why's and how's. So to incredibly enjoy this read, you just have to go with it. The Romance Like I said, some may see a love triangle here, but I just don't. Cole is interested in Nikki. She is a possibility for him to get out of his current standing and enjoy some better living. Yes, he's a musician, and smoking hot, and the one with powers, but Nikki's heart is clearly with Jack. The ex that hurt her and that she hurt as well by leaving for six months with no explanation. There's a lot of hurt here, but the romance is important to the story as Nikki thinks consistently about Jack and their relationship. Conclusion An enjoyable read for sure. There are elements to the world that I quite liked while there are also some elements that I would like explained better in future books. The characters are all in pain for the moment but I can see them growing already and I see the potential for a lot of growth over the series. It was definitely interesting and I read it exceptionally quickly. "Heroes don't exist. And if they did, I wouldn't be one of them."
Velexa More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 stars. I actually did like this book, it kept me interested and though I wanted to go to sleep, with a count down to Nikki's impending demise the book seemed more urgent nd harder to put down. I will say at the beginning I had a hard time keeping up. We open with Nikki and Cole unwrapping themselves from each other after a century long Feed and "whoosh" back to the real world where Nikki can see the only person she remembers after that long century where her emotions and supposedly all her memories were drained from her. Cole follows her back and is pulling the "come back with me, be my queen, be immortal" thing and Nikki does the whole "I'm taking to moral high ground" thing and would prefer to sacrifice herself. Nikki was not my favorite character. She had a set of morals that didn't really fit her. She, in a bout of extreme sadness, went to Cole and offered herself and all her emotions to Cole in the Feed, but when she returns, suddenly she feels repulsed by Cole's need to feed and though of becoming Everliving and having to Feed herself. I just think there wasn't a huge correlation between what drove her to sign up and why shoe won't let others sign up. Cole was..... I can't say I liked him but I can't say I disliked him. At the beginning of the book I thought he and Nikki were much closer than they turn out to be. Spending 100 years wrapped up in someone's arms and sharing your emotions and memories with them sound pretty binding, but once Nikki is separated form him we realize that there is not a lot going on between the two of them. Cole obviously wants to usurp the current queen and there are a lot of secrets concerning him, but we never really find out. I suppose that will be discussed in later books. Jack on the other hand, I liked him. He was a genuinely good characters. I could feel his concern, his love, his desperation. He was very dynamic and though Nikki kept pushing him away, he was open to anything and everything she told him. If I continue this series it will definitely be for him. (view spoiler) Not sure I'll actually read book 2. This was good but not fantastic so I'll keep it in mind.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Everneath is a comfortably paced, relaxing, but not very stimulating, read. Having just returned from a six months, 100 year Everneath-time, stint in the Everneath, Nikki Beckett has six months to reunite with her family and reconnect with her ex-boyfriend, Jack. Not that any of this would help, as she is leaving again - for good this time. Although I generally love books about gods and the underworld, this story didn't really draw me in until right at the end. In fact, in the beginning I was lost trying to understand the whole concept of the time Nikki, usually called Becks, spent in the Everneath, how she got there, and what she did there. Once the back-story came together, however, it turned out to be a cleverly designed and imaginative plot. The characters, though very realistically crafted, were difficult to identify with. Nikki landed herself in the Everneath because she was in a snit over her boyfriend, Jack, cheating on her at football camp. That bit of impulsive teenage behavior places Nikki firmly within her age group. Jack, devastated after Nikki's disappearance, initially comes across as a slightly weak character. However, once he becomes involved in Nikki's fate, he actually is more of an outstanding character than Nikki and Cole combined.  Although Everneath isn't an adrenalin-inducing read all the way, towards the end you might find yourself on the edge of your seat several times. The unexpected twist at the end fortunately made the whole read worthwhile. I can recommend Everneath as a clean, fairly serious, but relaxing read. (Ellen Fritz)
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
First, loved the cover of this book. I fell in love with it the moment I saw the cover. As for the story, well, it was good at some parts and then at times it felt like it dragged. It’s an interesting twist on the Hades/Persephone myth, which is also what got me into the book as I’ve taken a liking to these types of plots. So it was an interesting and great read at the start. It wasn’t until midway through the book that the plot starts to slow down considerably, and characters start to annoy me at this point. Take Becks for example. Oh my goodness. I’m surprised I went through reading this book because I was starting to get annoyed at her whiny personality. She got so emo and lamented over her situation. There wasn’t much personality to her. She was just, emotional baggage that’s carried all through the story. She doesn’t even put much of a fight so I don’t see her as a strong character nor as a likable one. Cole and his crew were just as annoying. Sometimes it might just take a punch to the fast to make him stop. But it looks like Becks was too busy immersed in her self pity to do something like that. Out of the characters, Jack was the only one I really like the most. He was such a sweetheart and for what he did just categorizes him into the best YA boyfriends ever. However despite that, the love and chemistry between Jack and Becks wasn’t really there. She was too much of a cardboard character to really make the romance become something substantial. So it wasn’t that bad of a book. The ending was great. Although I have a feeling more whininess is going to come from Becks in the second one. Nevertheless it’s worth the read for YA lovers.
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