Author: Brodi Ashton
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins, Balzer + Bray
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Genre: Young Adult, Action-Adventure, Fairy Tales-Myths, Fantasy
SUMMARY: 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.
An interesting and original exploration of mythology.
Everneath may or may not be just another PNR trilogy, but I'm leaning toward not since there is actual depth and dimension to the characters and their relationships. The expression of human emotion weighs so heavily through throughout the book, it might as well be its own character.
The plot is totally predictable, but the story is engaging enough to read through what happens. The audiobook version is impressive, so I will likely read the next installments when they are available in audio format.
Sensuality: Mild-Moderate (kissing, suggested images)
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