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  • Series: Everneath
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; First Edition edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062071130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062071132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a six-month absence, teenager Nikki Beckett has returned home, although no one could possibly understand under what circumstances. She has spent the past 100 years in the Everneath, a world where immortals, called the Everliving, go to replenish their strength by feeding on the energy of humans. Nikki, anchored by the memory of her boyfriend Jack, miraculously survived the feed. Now she has six final months at home to say her good-byes before returning to the Tunnels, a hellish extension of the Everneath. Combining elements of the Persephone myth and the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, the story alternates between the events that led Nikki to agree to the feed and her return. As the only person ever to survive, she is urged by Cole, the Everliving who initially took her away, to seize control of the Everneath (with him, of course). Will she? This first volume of a planned trilogy covers familiar territory (angsty heroine, adoring boyfriend, delicious bad boy) yet offers a promising start. Grades 9-12. --Kara Dean

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“Ashton’s debut, is complex and intriguing. Drawing inspiration from such myths as Osiris, Orpheus, and Persephone, it explores the nature of loss and longing and what it means to be alive.” (Publishers Weekly)

“I was pulled under by this bittersweet, beautiful retelling of the Persephone myth. Ashton’s lovely storytelling and strong-on-her-own-terms main character set this one apart. Wonderful!” (Ally Condie, author of the MATCHED trilogy)

“The powerful emotions, moving and painful rebuilding of strained relationships, and star-crossed love story is sure to resonate with teen readers.” (School Library Journal)

“The author brings a fresh, innovative concept to young adult fiction with well-developed characters and a fantastic plot line .... Libraries are advised to buy multiple copies-this one will fly off the shelves.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

“Enthralling and suspenseful, EVERNEATH is pure indulgent escapism!” (Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of HUSH, HUSH and CRESCENDO)

More About the Author

First-time author Brodi Ashton received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Brodi has an active following on her blog, which can be found at www.brodisashton.blogspot.com. She lives in Utah with her family.

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Love the Greek mythology retelling of Hades and Persephone.
Jessie
The way he's never given up on Nikki, how caring and understanding he is even when he doesn't know what's really going on with her, made me love him even more.
Amarilys
Though there were a few parts where I thought the story dragged, and even more where I thought things were moving too fast, it was, overall, very well done.
Beks

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Heather D. Gallay VINE VOICE on November 30, 2011
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I'm a big Greek mythology buff, so I was intrigued when I heard about Everneath, the first book in a new YA series that was a modern re-telling of the Persephone tale. I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of execution, but I hoped it would be a book worth reading.

It was.

Everneath is the story of Nikki "Becks" Beckett, a teenage girl who has been missing for six months, only to mysteriously reappear one day in her hometown -- without explanation. Speculation of Nikki's whereabouts abound, with the general consensus being that she was off somewhere doing drugs. What Nikki hasn't told anyone is that in the six months she was gone, she'd actually spent an entire century in the Everneath, another dimension of sorts, underground, which is dominion to a race of immortals called the Everliving.

In order to stave off their own mortality, the Everlivings need to "feed" on a human's life force every one-hundred of our years. These humans, called Forfeits, don't usually survive the century-long process -- but Nikki did, and that makes her special. Her Everliving host, Cole, wants her to join him and become an Everliving herself, but Nikki refuses because she doesn't want to Feed on humans that way Cole fed on her. However, unless she follows Cole and becomes an immortal, she's doomed to the Tunnels, where she will be a part of what keeps the Everneath running -- until she ceases to exist. She has six months back in her own world, before the Shades will come for her and drag her back to the Tunnels. And all Nikki wants is time to say goodbye.

Everneath is a wrenching, imaginative tale, told in the first-person POV of Nikki, a broken young woman who somehow still manages to mine an inner-strength.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as it seemed like people either liked or disliked it. Let's just say I was definitely pleasantly surprised. I rate this book 4.5 stars.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton is a play on the mythological story of Persephone and Hades as well as Orpheus and Eurydice. We are introduced to the protagonist Nikki, who is already currently in the Underworld with Cole, a sinister yet intriguing antagonist. There is one thing that keeps her sane during the 100 years that she is bound, and it is thoughts of her first love, Jack. Only 6 months pass in the upper world, and she returns to Earth for 6 months before her ultimate fate of feeding the energy of the Underworld until she is used up. Jack and Nikki frantically try to find a "cure" and discover secrets along the way.

I'll put this right out there. I absolutely loved this book. Perhaps part of it is that I love Greek mythology to start with, but that said, I thought this book was well done. The characters were very well developed and I really got Nikki's relationships with both Cole and Jack. I understood her progression from despair to hope and the symbolism to drug use with what Cole represented. The prose was very clear and many times poignant, and I blazed through the entire book in a few hours, never losing interest. I was in tears at one point. For me, that's not a usual response. I enjoyed how the book was told in both present day and past day, and thought that this method of storytelling worked very well for the story that was to be told.

So why did I rate this 4.5 stars since it's obvious that I loved it? There were a few things that I saw that for me would propel it even to a higher level. I wish that I had even more details of Nikki's past with Jack.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By schmettajames VINE VOICE on December 14, 2011
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Everneath isn't a bad book, but it just didn't work for me. It's the story of a teenage girl named Nikki Beckett who's just spent the last 100 years in an underworld called the Everneath, where an immortal being named Cole fed off her energy. After the 100 years are over, she returns to the real world, where she's only been gone for a few months. She doesn't tell anyone what really happened to her, and everyone seems to think she ran away and was on drugs. She tries to pick up the pieces of her forgotten life, all the while knowing that she only has six months before the Everneath will claim her forever.

It's a cool premise, and I thought that the author did some interesting things with the idea of the underworld. There are some obvious parallels with Greek mythology (the myths of Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice are mentioned) and a little Egyptian mythology is thrown into the mix as well. But that premise quickly devolves into the standard for YA paranormal books: a love triangle. Maybe it's just fatigue for this trope on my part, but the love triangle didn't do anything for me. The heroine is pretty ordinary and maybe even a little dull, but immortal Cole and her ex-boyfriend Jack are both mad for her. And that just didn't work for me. However, despite my issues with the love triangle aspect of the book, I still found Everneath very readable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys love triangles more than I do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Scarpa on March 12, 2012
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***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

About a year ago Nikki Beckett lost her mom to a drunk driver and the one person that helped her get through was her friend Jack, the boy she's been in love with what seems like forever. And when that friend becomes her boyfriend it seems too good to be true. But when she hears girls in her school talking about how he'll tire of her soon, her insecurities start to get the best of her. It doesn't help that she's the mayors daughter and faced with constant news of the court proceedings concerning the man who killed her mother. When she meets Cole, a famous musician with a talent for taking away pain, she finds herself first tempted then addicted. And when her mother's killer goes free and she has a falling out with Jack it's Cole that she turns too, Cole that promises to take away the pain but who warns her if she makes this choice she can never go back. Nikki finds herself whisked away to Everneath, a world even her worst nightmares didn't believe existed. There she's part of the feed, a century long cocoon where Cole takes first her pain, then all her emotions, her memories and even her personality. It is the memory of Jack that gets her through, even when she can't remember his name but only his face, he is the one thing she can't let go of. Miraculously she survives, something rarely done. Cole tells her she can become one of them an Everling but all Nikki wants is to go home to the boy that kept her alive. She has six months with her family, her friends and Jack before Everworld will reclaim her to the tunnels to feed their world until she no longer exists. Six month in which Cody plans to change her mind, to make her one of the Everyling, their queen. Six month to remember who she was, make amend and say good-bye.
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