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...
This was a fantastic novel, with an original plot, amazing characters with self-sacrifice that can stun you, and at the same time are real and believable in horrible circumstances. And with that ending, well, I'm glad I still have my eyebrows, I would've expected them to be singed off! That was how explosive it was!
Nikki has 6 months to say goodbye to her friends and family before she becomes the food for Everneath. And what she left behind, well, she left because of the pain of the loss of her mother, and what she saw as the deteriorating state of her relationship with Jack. Told in flashes of the past mixed with the present, giving us detail of what we wanted to know, when we wanted to know, added to the writing, and the story, as what we wanted, we got.
Jack was a fantastic character, so was Nikki, and in his own way, so was Cole, they had their struggles, and their fights and their secrets, and their problems. They worked together, or they worked against each other, after all, Cole's goal for him and Nikki to become the rules of Everneath opposes Nikki and Jack's goal of trying to get her free from a bargain that she never should've made, a bargain she never would've made if the situation was any different, because boy did she suffer through that!
Taking us from Nikki's volunteer efforts to show her dad that she is responsible, to the mystery of what the seemingly crazy old lady is saying, and how that connects to the whole thing, and to the conflict of whether she should get close to Jack or not, after what happened, this was a full to the brim novel of excellence!
And I have just have to comment on the cover! It's so pretty, the way her red dress fades to smoke, and how expressionless she seems, from what little of her face we see, and the swirling smoke, and just her dress, they're so pretty, and the dress is red! Love it! I can't wait to see the cover of Everbound! And for Everbound to come out, because this was an excellent, excellent book!
If you haven't read this book, then you're crazy, because you have to, because it's simply amazing! I can't wait for it to come out in paperback so I can buy it, so go read it!!
Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Read: February 29th, 2012
Reason Why: It looks absolutely amazing! Don't you see that cover! And it's a DAC book!
Publisher: Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray
Published: January 2012