Series: Everneath #1
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC Tour
From the Publisher: 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.
I went into this book not knowing what to expect; I’d never heard of it before I signed up for the OUaT blog tour. I was very pleasantly surprised. I’ve really come to enjoy books that update or highlight old mythology tales (like The Goddess Test, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and Lost Hero series, or PC Cast’s Goddess Summoning series), and in that vein Everneath did not disappoint as it pulls heavily from the story of Persephone and Hades.
The story is not simply a re-telling of mythology; it starts with a foundation that mythology is rooted in truth but the old stories are generally metaphors, not fact. The reality of the Everneath is woven throughout all of the old stories.
It was easy for me to like Nikki. She knew what she wanted, and she fought for it, against all odds. And while it would have been too easy for for Ashton to turn the story into a simple love triangle, she didn’t. She broke the mold with this story, in both the central story line and in the ending. The end was not what I expected, but it stayed true to the book. It was also open-ended enough that Ashton can continue the series if she chooses to, or simply leave it with Everneath.
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