Age: Young Adult
Species: Everliving/ Humans
Interest: DAC 2012/read snippet/pretty cover
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...(summary from goodreads.com)
I feel a bit of shame when I look at this book now. This is not due to any fault on the book's part, but rather my huge mythology fail. The characters talk about the Hades/ Persephone Myth, there is six months that she's in Everneath and six months she gets on the surface, there is a cult called the daughters of Persephone and I still completely, extraordinarily did not even realize the story was a retelling of the Hades/ Persephone myth. Talk about embarrassing, for me anyway.
As much as I'm sure you'd all love to believe I missed this major point because I was being oblivious. It never actually dawned on me that this was a retelling because the book is so unique. Nikki is no shy damsel that lets an otherworldly being boss her around. Cole does not give off a "potential ruler of the underworld" vibe so much as a spoiled fairy prince. Jack, while noble and amazing, doesn't even belong in the original story. Everneath is so delightfully different in that aspect and many others. Even though it's a story I've heard hundreds of times over, this retelling still found ways to completely surprise me.
I wanted to know so much more about Everneath, the Everliving and forfeits. All of it was so awesome! People who can live forever off the stolen emotion of others?! I can't even explain how cool I find that. The "shades" were such a nefarious touch, the way they could keep track of Nikki through her skin so that she knows when she has to return. There was a plethora of wonderful world building in Everneath. I was clamoring to read more with every page I turned.
That being said, there was one aspect I would have liked to go differently, the love triangle. I enjoyed the aspect of Nikki being so attracted to Cole even though she desperately did not want to be. However it made for a lot of wishy-washy do I like him for him or what he makes me feel? moments. With Jack, for a long time, I could see the chemistry between him and Nicki, but not feel it. Eventually I did get that fluttery feeling in my stomach when they were together, but it took a bit longer than I would have liked.
Everneath is an wonderful book, filled with mythology, mystery and emotion. I cannot wait to get my hands on the currently untitled sequel. I'd definitely recommend this book to paranormal or mythology lovers. The sinister shades, strong heroine and delicious boys will keep you reading long into the night!
Teaser Lines: “We’d both been stripped of all the evasiveness, all the lies, everything we’d ever kept from each other. Layer by layer, we had given up our defenses and our excuses and our demands for whys and hows, and what was left were two broken beings. Clinging to one last shred of hope. Tethered to each other.”