Review: EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Everneath, #1)
EVERNEATH
Brodi Ashton
370 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 24th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being 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 months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s 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…

   Everneath, Brodi Ashton’s young-adult debut, puts a modern twist on a Greek myth that is bound to leave you craving for more.

  Going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Everneath. The buzz surrounding the winter 2012 release was low, so my expectations were likewise. Luckily for me (and you), Everneath’s interior is just as gorgeous as its exterior.

  Despite the fact that readers will be bouncing back and forth throughtout the book (we don’t see Nikki’s life before, after, and during the Feed in chronological order), Brodi Ashton’s writing simply flows, carrying you from one line to the next with elegance.

  Nikki Beckett’s angst ridden life has made her a Forfeit – a person who’s emotional pain and depressional is cause for making them a perfect candidate for an Everliving to feed off of. Every one hundred years, Everlivings must venture to the Surface and bring back a Forfeit for the Feed. They feed off their emotions, depleting them of their feelings, their memories, and ultimately, their lives. Along with the weight of the traumatic death of her mother, Nikki lets herself become a Forfeit, and realizes her mistake too late – one hundred years too late, which translates to about six months on the Surface (Earth). But Nikki is determined to make life right, to make amends with her father, brother, and Jack, who’s face she could never bring herself to forget. 

   But at the same time, a seedling of hope plants deep within her, growing with every day that takes her closer to her Return – could she actually find a way to remain on the Surface forever?

  Nikki’s sure will and hope is tangible through the words Brodi Ashton weaves within the mere 320 pages of Everneath. It will no doubt leave you wanting the next installment in the planned trilogy, because the ending, is purely heartbreaking. There aren’t enough words for me to describe how much I enjoyed Everneath. The fact that it surprised me, flipped my expectations upside down, made it so much more to me.

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26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lalaine

    December 12, 2011

    Great review. Cannot wait to read mycopy of this book! Gorgeous cover too.

    ♥Ficbookreviews♥

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    Jessica ( frellathon )

    December 12, 2011

    I loved this one too.

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    Jenny

    December 12, 2011

    Yay Hafsah!!!! So glad you loved this one, I absolutely adored it and was an emotional mess the whole way through. I loved that we didn't ever get a clear picture of how Nikki ended up with Cole in the first place until the last couple chapters, it just kept me on edge the entire time. I need book 2 immediately:)

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    Melina

    December 12, 2011

    Oh I really like your review and how you describe Nikki's life.

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    Giselle

    December 12, 2011

    EEEK I can't wait to start this one it sounds awesome and you're making me even more excited for it! Lovely review!!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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    Rummanah Aasi

    December 12, 2011

    YAY, looking forward to reading this one during my Winter Break.

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    Lauren M

    December 12, 2011

    I loved Everneath, too! It completely blew me away. Like you said, there wasn't very much buzz, so I didn't really have expectations. But it was SO good! :)

  8. Reply

    Celine

    December 12, 2011

    Your review is wonderful, I felt exactly the same (:

  9. Reply

    kimba88

    December 12, 2011

    love the cover and looking forward to reading it!

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    YA Book Queen

    December 12, 2011

    Wow! You've got me excited for this one, it just sounds so amazing. Fabulous review! :)

  11. Reply

    Angie

    December 12, 2011

    Great review!

    I'm intrigued by it not being told in chronological order. This is definitely going on my to read list.

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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    Anna

    December 12, 2011

    I'm definitely looking forward to reading this one soon!! I love the cover especially, it's so pretty!! Awesome review, I'm definitely looking forward to reading it more now!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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    Allison

    December 12, 2011

    I got an unexpected copy of this and didn't really plan on reading it, but maybe I should! Definitely sounds like it'll be worth my time.

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    A Canadian Girl

    December 12, 2011

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this one so your review gives me a better idea of what I'll be dealing with before I read this one. I'm intrigued by the fact that the writing flowed despite Nikki's life not being written in chronological order. Great review, Hafsah!

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    Candace

    December 12, 2011

    I'm reading this now (almost finished actually) and I think I like how she put it together so it's not chronological order, we kind of skip a first book in the series and I think it's working for me. And I really like the book but I don't quite love it. It's just hard to put my finger on what I'm not loving. Still a great story though and so glad you enjoyed it!

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    Kat

    December 13, 2011

    Great review! :) I can't wait to read this one. It looks so amazing!

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    Mrs.Trujillo

    December 13, 2011

    Ohhh I love this cover. And can't wait to read this one. Right after Near Witch. :) Thanks for the great review.

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    Jac

    December 13, 2011

    I am so insanely excited for this one!! Persephone is my favorite Myth, and so I'm anxious for this modern twist!!

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    roro

    January 3, 2012

    Great review! :) I can't wait to read this one

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    Candace

    January 16, 2012

    I love a good re-telling of Persephone stories because most likely the authors add to the story or just put a spin on it that I wouldn't have ever thought of. I'm excited to read Everneath!

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    Sara

    January 21, 2012

    I have already had this on my to-read list, but your review makes me want to read it now. I cannot wait to get it.

    http://sosimplesara.blogspot.com

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    Chi Kittie

    January 28, 2012

    Wow, such a awesome review. I know there has been some mixed feelings towards this book but now after reading how much you enjoy it makes me more eager to read it.

    – Beckie

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    Maji Bookshelf

    February 12, 2012

    Wow great review!! Ive been so excited to read Everneath for ages, and i just recently ordered from TBD! I definitely am glad that it got you turning pages!!

    Farah @MajiBookshelf

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    Alyssa Susanna

    August 1, 2012

    I sort of liked this book. I coulnd't bring myself to like such a selfish heroine. Nikki is soooo selfish. he comes back to the Surface with selfish intentions, to say goodbye to everyone, and yet all she ends up doing is hurting everyone she loved. This has nothing to do with the guys issue that EVERY young adult book HAS to have. Another love triangle?! In the true myth of Hades and Persephone, there was just Hades. No one else. And while I felt sympathy towards Jack, and didn't particularly like Cole, I think that Nikki should end up with neither boy, because she's so selfish and self-absorbed. *Sighs* I'll read Everbound, and the novella, and the third book, but I'm not sold on this trilogy, and definitely not invested enough. Just my opinion. Thanks for the review!

    Alyssa <3

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    August 13, 2012

    I'm glad you liked it. I have wanted to read this book for a while but after your review I think I need to get it asap! I like the fact that it deals with mythology which I am a huge fan of. Can't wait to read this one!

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    Vivien

    December 29, 2012

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It really blew me away last year. I absolutely NEED to get my hands on the sequel. Cannot wait!!

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