Author: Brodi Ashton
Published January 24th 2012 by HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray
Source of copy: Barnes and Noble
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s 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 precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is 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 queen.
Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton
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I love love love when an author takes a story we all grew up hearing and love AND MODERNIZES IT! Rick Riordan is the first author that comes to mind when bringing these stories to life. Karsten Knight did it as well. So... when I see Brodi Ashton I was a little skeptical on how yet another new author would retell these classic mythological stories. I mean how many ways can you retell a story and still intrigue your audience?
Well hello Brodi Ashton! I loved this story. Not only did you bring this classic back to life again you also put a huge twist to this story. And do I love a good twist. In fact I love when an author catches me completely off guard. I hate predictable books (funny I know since we are discussing a story we all grew up hearing). However Ashton brings this story new life.
I think when I finally closed this book, I had to sit there for a moment and absorb what I had just read. I was shocked. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read. The characters are great. It was easy and smooth. I was actually on the edge of my seat (or bed...).
To say that I can't wait for the next installment would be an understatement. I can say one thing for sure... Ashton is an author to look out for!