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A modern day Greek Myth: unique spin and beautifully written, wonderful characters,
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This review is from: Everneath (Kindle Edition)
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. Jack seems like such an interesting character, but in the beginning he's painted as the player guy who sleeps with everyone, which is such a dichotomy from the guy he is with Nikki. There's a reason he does that and I want to know what it is. Second, I'm not sure if this is left for the second book, but there is a huge misunderstanding between Jack and Nikki which leads to her going to the Underworld in the first place. I guess we can chalk up her emotional state to being a teenager, but I wasn't quite convinced. And lastly, I felt that the ending could have been done a little better-- in fact, if it had ended two chapters before, it would have been a better ending I believe.
That said, it's obvious that I loved this book even with its flaws, and I highly recommend it to any lover of YA fiction.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2012 7:15:21 PM PDT
Excellent review. Now, I think I want to read this book. :)
Posted on Jul 2, 2012 4:27:14 PM PDT
Great review. I recently read this book and couldn't put it down.
Posted on Jul 2, 2012 8:27:45 PM PDT
I need to buy my copy of Everneath like NOW, but I still have tons of books to read! :(
Posted on Jul 7, 2012 12:08:18 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
This is on my TBR list. Thank you for this review, I'll be sure to read this after I'm done with the current book I'm reading. :)
Posted on Jul 9, 2012 8:53:14 AM PDT
Great review. I have this on my TRL and I'll probably read it when I choose the new batch of books to read.
Posted on Jul 10, 2012 3:34:13 PM PDT
This one doesn't look like a book I would normally pick up, but I might just have to now...
Paige @ For the Love of Literature
Posted on Jul 11, 2012 5:35:34 AM PDT
Sounds like a good read. We'll see soon. :)
Posted on Jul 11, 2012 8:46:45 AM PDT
Ashley Lambert says:
I'll be adding this to my ever growing list, too.
Posted on Jul 28, 2012 6:17:39 PM PDT
Elizabeth Hyatt says:
Posted on Jul 29, 2012 10:26:14 AM PDT
Great review. I think I'm interested in reading this book. :)