Books I’ve Enjoyed: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Everneath was good, but I think it could have been better. In fairness, it may be that it only pales because I just read the amazing Crown of Midnight and that set the bar pretty high. (Source: Borrowed from my local library.)
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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.
What I liked:
I’ve been seeing this book around for quite a while now so I was thrilled to find it at the library. It’s quick and to the point which was nice, though I think it could have been a little longer. It’s told through alternating time points: now and 6 months in the past. I really liked the way the two story arcs wove together, helping me to understand the choices and mistakes in the past that lead Nikki to her current predicament. It made her a sympathetic character. I liked her personality a lot, she never struck me as stupid or selfish or whiny.
What I didn’t like:
I’m not sure if it was so much that I didn’t like it, but I didn’t really feel the romance and love between Nikki and Jack. He was sweet and a good guy, but this didn’t feel like a go through hell and back to be together kind of love.
Everneath is good and definitely worth the read and although it isn’t one of my favorites, I’m glad I read it and will be reading the next one. Read it and see what you think=)
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