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.
- Reading level: Ages 14 and up
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062071130
I love mythology and when I read the description for this book I knew it would be interesting. Not all stories told with a mythological twist turn out right, but this one did. I really really enjoyed this book. I have to admit that it was hard to put down. Stupid real life got in the way! (i.e.-why this review wasn't posted earlier today) The main characters were flawed but real and definitely interesting. Nikki and Jack were sweet. I loved their romance.
Cole, is a hard character to define. I like that. You want to dislike him and call him the bad guy, but Brodi Ashton wrote him with just a touch of sympathy. You don't really know, even at the end, if he was lying to Nikki or not. You don't know his TRUE motives at all. It adds to the intrigue of his character. He was such a fun antagonist!
The only character I wished that was fleshed out a bit more was Jules. I really wanted to know more about her and Nikki's relationship. We know they are friends and she takes care of Jack after Nikki vanishes, but what else? What makes her tick? The book describes her as being Nikki's best friend, but she's not really in the book much. That is the only thing I can think of to nitpick.
To sum up. I enjoyed this book. I look forward to seeing what else Brodi Ashton has up her sleeve.
I rate this a 4.5 out of 5.