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Everneath Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nikki Beckett has returned to her life after vanishing for several months without explanation. Nikki had actually traveled to Everneath during the time that she was gone and a few... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Carrie G.
Wow! This was fantastic. But before I tell you what I loved so much about this book, let me take us 2 years back. Why so long? Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the book thoroughly even though anyone could see the ending (except the protagonist) from a mile away. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Y. Krawczyk
read it. :) It was very good. It made my heart ache. People might see a love triangle I don't care. It was more than that.Published 1 month ago by SunStone15
The story line was pretty interesting and I enjoyed the characters. In parts of the book I could really feel the pain of the characters.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
An original take on the power of love and how different it is from the turmoil of the surface emotions that sometimes rule us. I'm looking forward to reading book #2.Published 2 months ago by CoryBren
While I did find this to be a bit on the juvenile end of the YA spectrum, I really enjoyed my time reading this! Read morePublished 3 months ago by manduhpaigereads