Book Review: Everneath

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Title: Everneath (Everneath #1)
Author: Brodi Ashton
Summary: [From GoodReads]

 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…

My Review: I am so glad that for all the Persephone retellings that we’ve been getting recently, each one is different enough that I don’t ever feel like I’m reading the same thing over and over again.
The original part in this one, at least for me, is that Ashton doesn’t rely very much on the mythology to set up the story for her. Instead, she takes elements of the myths we know and twists them into something different. In fact, while the biggest influence on the story is obviously Persephone, she makes a point of showing us all the other myths that have similar traits, and that could plausibly be related through her explanation.

Even though I will always love the mythology aspect of any retelling, the thing that really had me sticking through this one was the way Ashton painted Nikki – her transition from being completely drained into a living emotional being was obvious even through the writing style. I’m not talking about huge stylistic switches here, but as Nikki starts to feel again, we gradually get more description, probably because Nikki is noticing more. 

And of course, how could I review this book without mentioning Jack. I’m all for any guy that would do what he did for Nikki, at least in a book. The ending reminded me a little of another favorite, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. I will definitely be looking out for book two and reading it as soon as I possibly can!

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