{Review} Everneath – Retelling Persephone

Posted December 28, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} Everneath – Retelling PersephoneEverneath by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (2012)
Audiobook
{9 hours and 42 minutes} (370 pages)
Via: Library
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2015 Mythology, Read 2015

Synopsis

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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My Review

This is a different book from what I have read before. It is a Persephone myth retold in Park City, Utah. It is told in the present and in flashbacks from Nikki’s point of view. This is a bit confusing at first on the audiobook, but I was able to figure it out.

Cole is an Everliving. He took Nikki into the Everneath for the Feed where he fed off her emotions for 100 years. After the Feed Nikki wanted to return to her family and friends, to the surface, where only 6 months had passed.

Nikki returned to the surface because of a boy. His name is Jack and he is also the reason that Nikki decided to go to the Everneath at all. However, with her return Nikki isn’t sure exactly how to relate to Jack.

Nikki’s return can’t last forever. Choosing to become Cole’s Forfeit in the Feed has left Nikki with a debt to pay. She has only 6 months before the Tunnels come for her and she is forced to serve the Everneath as an energy battery.

The idea behind the novel is interesting. I really enjoyed seeing how everything would turn out though I kind of had an idea it would end the way it did. The story is unique and I did enjoy listening to it on audio.

Nikki is an interesting character. She chooses Cole and the Feed for some very superficial reasons. She really didn’t think the decision through until it was too late. Then she has to live with the consequences of her actions.

I really didn’t like Cole that much. He is trying to manipulate Nikki the entire book. He thinks she should do anything for him because he is an Everliving. He is self-centered and arrogant.

Jack is hurting. He never knew exactly why Nikki left. He just knows that she saw one thing and then she was gone for six months before reappearing. The poor guy has a lot that he is trying to figure out. The interesting thing is that he really and truly cares for Nikki no matter what she has done.

In all, this was an interesting read. It was interesting enough that I will be seeing if my library has the next book in the series.


Which Reading Challenges?

  • You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
  • Mythology Reading Challenge (Greek)

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