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Coming back from the underworld,
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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.