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.
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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. She truly did right by her readers.
And finally – the ending. Oh, it was perfect! Well, it was sad, too, but really, it shouldn’t have and couldn’t have ended any other way. Brodi left me wanting to read the next book already, but also managed to satisfy me with how she ended things. It’s an ending that will make way for an exciting beginning when the next book in the series debuts.
In a nutshell, Everneath is a refreshing, gloriously-inspired, beautifully-crafted story, using Greek mythology to spin a tale of the sting of betrayal, the grace of forgiveness, and the peace of redemption. Kudos, Mrs. Ashton! I am definitely a new fan 🙂
Have you read Everneath? What did you think of the story, characters, and plot?
Can you recommend another great book that is inspired by or features Greek mythology?
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