Series: Everneath #1
Author: Brodi Ashton
Reading level: Young Adult
Size: 370 pages
Release Date: January 24th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
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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.
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.
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