Title: Everneath (#1)
Author: Brodi Ashton
Genre \ Themes: Mythology Retelling,
Date Published: Jan. 24, 2012
Cover Rating: 3.5/5
Synopsis: 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.
I read another book my this author, one that she did with two other authors, and loved it. So I figured I’d try this one out.
I was worried it would totally mix up the mythology (what with it being a Hades and Persephone retelling), but it didn’t. It barely mentioned it, actually, but that was fine with me. As a huge Mythology fan, I absolutely hate it when they get the stories wrong, or mix Greek and Roman Mythology together.
While the synopsis gives the impression of a love triangle, I didn’t really see the debate. Sure, there were two guys, but it seemed more like out protagonist was just fooling herself into debating between the two. Maybe that was just my impression, because I haven’t seen anyone else who agrees. I did take away a start for it, though.
The writing was very intriguing, and easy to get into. The story made me want to keep reading – it was so interesting! I just wanted to figure out what happened, and I couldn’t put it down. Very original.
Overall, I liked this book. I’m looking forward to the next one.