I decided to read this book after I saw the 5 stars reviews it got from almost every single person on GoodReads. Nikki Beckett, a year-old girl, gets sucked into the underworld called Everneath, where the Everliving Cole feeds on her emotions for years. When the Feeding ends, she chooses to Return — back on Earth, back to her family and friends, where only 6 months had passed since she went underground. Nikki has a choice: go to the Tunnels or lose her heart, become an Everliving and return with Cole as his queen. She chooses to cheat Faith and try to remain on the Surface. Remember the myth of Persephone?
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I m not going to sell this book as something it isn t, from the beginning there is a very heavy romantic element and a lot of the story is built up around the idea that Nikki has returned after a century in Everneath, six months to the human world for the purpose of rekindling her romance with her past boyfriend, or at the very least seeing him for one last time before the Tunnels claim her forever A lot of the book is definitely paranormal romance, or PNR, or even Love in a Supernatural Climate take your pick But I wasn t put off by this.
A lot of the story is interwoven with parts of Greek and Egyptian mythology, which I liked very much It was well thought out, made sense, seemed fairly original well, I haven t read anything like it and even though a lot of it was romance centred I still didn t feel that it claimed the novel I was intrigued by the whole concept of this Everneath, a place almost like hell but rather than being a place for sinners, it s a place for Everlivings who drain souls for energy and the souls that have been drained.
And also, is that a potential love triangle I spy there I don t know, it seems pretty one sided right now but there s clearly books to come. Nikki, Jack and ColeAs for the characters, I would love to give Ashton credit for creating Jack, Cole and Nikki Each of them has their own different approaches and characteristics Nikki has six months left to say goodbye to her family and to her love before sucking back into Everneath Normally no human can survive the feed, Nikki was an exception and that made her unique Despite of some stupid decisions she made, Nikki is marked by firm determination I felt emotionally attached to her and I liked her Numb, broken and gaunt, when she came back from Everneath, instead of being anguished she put the pieces together, struggled with past experience, repaired the damage between her and Jack Nikki is also compassionate in my opinion she chose to be a forfeit in tunnels rather than feeding on innocents Jack is a sweet heart, a loving and caring guy Broken, yet courageous, Jack is an ultimate love interest It was very hard to endure the pain of losing Nikki, but he never lost hope.
In one word Jack is a crush worthy male protagonist. On the contrary Cole is like an eclipse with different shades of personality He is dark, seductive and charming he is an ultimate completion of bad ass supernatural He may be morally reprehensible but it s hard to consider him as evil, he s not good either On one hand Cole is detestable, wretched on the other he s sympathetic and caring, I just couldn t hate him Cole is a destructive whirlpool, if you jump in there is no way of coming back, it will swallow you instantly.
The TriangleNikki s warm affection and devotion for Jack is praise worthy She remained unbendable to Cole s temptation to take her back and make her an Everliving Cole took away her all memories of surface but her feelings of Jack was beyond his reach, and her love was invincible.
Same words are applicable for Jack He fought till last moment to keep Nikki safe but with a terrible price to pay The invisible thread between them always kept them together even when they were apart They are so connected and meant to be with each other Their love for each other was admirable. If I compare Jack with Orpheus, Cole s character is definitely inspired by Hades The relationship between Cole and Nikki was not love exactly it was a relation of decency from both sides Cole can t survive without Nikki and whether she admits it or not, Nikki was also emotionally dependent on Cole Whenever she was in pain, Cole took it away If Jack was her guide towards light Cole was Nikki s shadow, following her around everywhere It was not clear whether Cole was in love with her or not, but he feels something fierce and protective for her His heart aced whenever he saw her with Jack.
Everneath is one such of these delights and, in my opinion, completely deserves the hype. Becks, a seventeen year old girl, wakes up from a hundred year long hibernation with bad boy supernatural, Cole He s been feeding from her to replenish himself, above the surface only six months have passed Becks returns to her life a husk of her former self Emaciated, numb to emotion and damaged She has six months to live before being dragged back into hell but she wants to see her exboyfriend, Jack, one time before she goes.
Ashton weaves Cole s character as being both despicable and yet sympathetic It s hard to entirely dismiss Cole as evil and yet you can hardly claim he s good He s almost the culmination of almost every paranormal badboy douche who gets romanticized in these kinds of novels Ashton takes that kind of character to his final conclusion and releases him upon her novel like a tornado Yes, readership, there are boys out there who are gorgeous, dangerous, sexy beyond all reason and effortlessly charming But they will also suck you down into hell, suck you dry and in the end they just plain suck Jack is the excellent counter balance in this novel Damaged, yet loving and courageous he battles to keep Becks from being dragged back into the Everneath Their relationship isn t always strong There s so much honest emotion and history with these two characters that their relationship arc is solid and real.
I found the pacing of Everneath was smooth but fans of action and adventure books will probably find themselves itching for This is a book about people People healing, people trusting, people trying to tear that all down again There s a plot and there s a rushing timeline looming in the background but there s not a lot of fists and falcon punches Ashton s writing is strong and serves well for this novel Her use of imagery is great and she manages to create a rather unique and coherent mythology in this book.
My biggest issue with the book is the timeline In one flashback it s February and one month before Nikki disappears and the next it s April and two weeks before she does I spent most of the book trying to figure out when exactly she came home From the cold and lack of holidays, my best guess was January, until four months into her ordeal when Christmas rolled around Which means she came back in August, when it should have been warm, and nowhere near six months from the sometime between March and May that she was supposed to have left My best guess is that she was supposed to have disappeared in spring, come back in the fall, and stayed until the following spring, although the dates don t quite match up A good editor and or copyeditor should have picked up the mistake.
I felt really sorry for Nikki in this, she d obviously been through a lot and just wanted to get her life back, even if it was only for a brief time. The storyline in this was about how Nikki had been in the Everneath, acting as a battery for a boy called Cole, and had finally gotten out only to find out that she only had 6 months before she would have to go back to a far worse place I really liked this story though, and I liked both of the love interests too, even if we weren t quite meant to like Cole The ending to this was a bit of a cliff hanger, and I m interested to see what happens next.
What happened in Everneath by Brodi Ashton | Recaptains
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. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. One night, she meets Cole and they become friends. She runs to Cole and asks him to take her pain away. Cole wants her to become an Everliving because she survived the Feed. Nikki refuses and tells Jack everything.
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Nov 01, Steph Sinclair rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone Shelves: i-own-it , i-loved-it , i-need-to-buy-this-book , original-and-creative , ebook , greek-myths , netgalley , best-characters , surprised-me , 2-am-or-later Sometime after this review was written Kat Kennedy and I traveled down the River Styx to interview Brodi Ashton. Check out the interview here! Right after I finished Everneath I gave it 4 stars right off the bat. It was an easy read with a great story and fantastical characters. I had to to think on that. So, I spent an entire week trying to figure out what it was about Everneath that I disliked. Everneath tells the story of Nikki Beckett, who having since vanished 6 months ago to the Everneath, returns to her family and friends seeking a way to permanently say goodbye before she returns to the Underworld for good.