Book Review: Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

Posted September 3, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 12 Comments

Title: Everneath
Series: Everneath #1
Author:  Brodi Ashton
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre:  Paranormal
Size: 370 pages
Release Date: January 24th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | BN | The Book Depository

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…


I was picturing his face–a boy with floppy brown hair and brown eyes–when the Feed ended.

Brodi Ashton takes the classic myth of Persephone and Hades and reworks it into a modern retelling that actually works quite well.  The writing style flows smoothly and pace of the novel although a bit slow is not intolerable.  I enjoyed the way we flipped from present to past and had various pieces of the back story filled in as we went. I didn’t feel that the world of the Everneath was ever really explained to my satisfaction though…I was left with a million questions as I read which I fear made the story that much more unbelievable.

Nikki’s character is so filled with emotion that we ride that wave throughout the story. I found her to be a compelling heroine and I could easily feel what she felt…her despair and hopelessness at times so palpable it hurt.  Cole on the other hand is a complete mystery…we get peeks here and there that hint at the fact that there may be more to him that we believe.  Honestly though, I could not find anything likable or redeemable in his character.  I hated him from the start of the book until the end…guess we’ll just have to see how his character develops in Everbound.  On the other hand, I absolutely adored Jack.  His dedication and devotion to Nikki justify her desire to Return and open the window for Ashton to work in elements of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.

The conclusion, though not a surprise by any stretch, is definitely emotional and left the window wide open for book 2 in the series.  I hope that more of the history and workings of Everneath are explained in Everbound.  Overall this was an enjoyable read, if a bit confusing at times. I’m sure I’ll pick up Everbound after it releases, though I won’t be in any huge rush.

3.5 Timepieces



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12 responses to “Book Review: Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

  1. I agree with you all of the way! Everneath was such an emotional retelling of Hades and Persephone, but it just lacked in descriptions.

    Personally, I just can’t wait to see how Nikki and Cole will have to work together in Everbound.

    Angie @YA Novelties

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book for the most part Melissa, I absolutely adored it! I agree the inner workings of the Everneath were pretty much a mystery throughout, but I feel like we’ll get more information about it as the series continues. I’m with you on Cole, he has yet to prove himself to me but I kind of like that. I have no idea what category (love or hate or something in between) he’ll fall into with me and that makes me curious. And don’t even get me started on Jack. LOVE HIM!

  3. Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed the book, but didn’t love it. I haven’t read any Peresphone myth-related books before, but I adore Greek mythology. And the cover is gorgeous! <3

  4. I didn’t LOVE this book either. I liked it well enough but felt confused a lot of the time and didn’t love the characters. I actually don’t know that I will read the next one. Its been awhile since I read this and I guess since I’m not feeling a strong urge for more I might just not continue the series. But I suppose its possible that reviews will convince me.

  5. I stll haven’t gotten around to this one. I love the Peresphone myth. I know I would be bothered by lack of detail in the world building. Stll I have heard great things about this and I want to check it out!

  6. DMS

    This book sounds intriguing. I love mythology and the fact that this is a good retelling has me very curious to read it. I really enjoyed your review and your honesty! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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