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.
©2012 Brodi Ashton (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Unwasted Words Reviews
Nikki Beckett has been seduced into a world of emotion feeding fiends. Now she has six months to make amends with her friends and family, before she returns to the Everneath. But what Nikki really wants is to see Jack, her love and constant, the one person who that got her through the eternity of living death known as the feed, one last time. Unfortunately her capture Cole, has other plans and will stop at nothing to convince Nikki to be his underworld queen. Yet, something about Cole's actions are suspect, and as Nikki learns more about her bargain, she believes there might be another solution to either becoming a soul sucking immortal or enduring the endless torture of the Everneath.
Brodi Ashton delivers an impressive debut. Everneath is a hauntingly beautiful modern interpretation of a Greek classic. The story moves fluidly from past to present, revealing the plot and characters, in a difficult yet successful way. The world building and characters really emoted this sorrowful current, which set the tone perfectly. The writing style suited the plot, and helps the reader to connect with and fall for Nikki and Jack.
I found the tone and melancholy quality in Amy Rubinate's narration as haunting and lovely as the words Brodi Ashton provided. She sold it for me. It wasn't overly dramatic, just the right mix of regret, longing, and numbness. Rubinate did a wonderful job on the male voices as well, they were strong and didn't sound forced. She reads well, and I found her easy to listen to. I loved her performance in this. Everneath has everything I look for in an audiobook, great production value, clear well read narration, and a wonderful performance by the narrator.
Everneath is a great addition to anyone's library or playlist. It's beautifully written, has a wonderful story, exceptionally flawed characters, and a great recording.
I love reading. Its the moments that in my mind I'm somewhere else.
Interesting, exciting, mind blowing
I like what the book was about in general. At first I didn't get it but as I continue to read I loved what it was about. Mythology is very interesting.
The relationship between Jack and Becks (Nikki). He loves her unconditionally.
Yes it was.
Hauntingly written, with a sophisticated theme of love and difficut choices for a courageous teen girl. I liked how its plot and storyline mingled myth, science fiction and a contemporary (and genuine) modern-day high school world.
It reminded me a little of Ally Condie's "Matched" series.
I loved Amy Rubinate's narration style. It matched the tone of the book perfectly--she makes her voice change from urgency to soothing to angst depending on the moment. I hope that if a sequel is written, this narrator can stay with the series.
Well written, beautifully performed,
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I'm not going to lie (you guys should know me better than that by now). Everneath took me awhile to get into. I was instantly compelled by the writing but I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what was going on. There is no exposition. No back story. BOOM first sentence you are in the middle of a story and left to figure out for yourself what's going on.
You will though, and you will like the story. Just give it a chance.
This is the second 'slow burn' YA title I've read/listen to this month. But unlike Matched by Allie Condy, this heroine's langour isn't boring nor does it create a flat character. That's because protagonist Nikki has spent 100 years away from her 17 year old life, trapped in a purgatory. She has to regain emotions lost during that time - and she does over the course of the book. The character development is palpable.
I enjoyed Everneath - there were plenty of mysteries and the 6 month Persephone myth added impetus to the story. As with many YA stories of late, the hero was a bit too good to be true. Although author Brodi Ashton attempted to give him some foibles, they weren't really believable and we didn't get much in the way of his characterization as a result. The same could be said of her best friend, who is almost a cardboard cut out throughout.
But that said, the story flowed smoothly and I enjoyed the ride. I will be purchasing the next title as well.
The audible performance was very good and added to, rather than detracted from, the story.
I was captured by this book. A different kind of supernatural (no vampires or zombies) that follows a young woman as she tries to put her life back together, and even struggle with if it's worth it. Romance and difficult relationships add complexity and narration was perfect. Really hoping for a follow-up book. There's more to this story!
Everneath is a
A fascinating story sensitively written and read.
The pace of Amy Rubinate's reading matches well with the flow and intensity of the events of the story.
Beautifully written and narrated. I love how the author has used mythology to explain their version of Hell. I can't wait for the sequel.
2 stars. Way too angsty but with no real heart.
Not only was the angst factor high. It was misplaced angst. IMO it should have been directed at the fact that in a very short time shades were coming to suck her back down to the underworld and suck her dry. Not at whether, jack the cute quarterback still liked her. As thstory progressed the connection with jack took on more relevance to her fate, but still...
I like retellings of myths and the Orpheus/Eurydice is one of my favorites. Also the cover of this book is beautiful and appealed to me. However, It was a struggle to get through it. I began with the audiobook which I didn't enjoy. The flat lifeless tone of the reader was off putting even though it matched the flat, lifeless tone of the main character. I also found it difficult to drve while constantly rolling my eyes. So I switched to the print version to finish. Part of the problem may be that it suffers by being part one of a trilogy, perhaps if the author had been able to tell a complete story instead of just dragging out part one to the required 350ish pages it would have worked better. Remember, it's a retelling, which means its already been told. So most folks know the general direction the story will take. The ending was exactly as suspected and was just a set up for book two, which I won't be reading.
I had a hard time getting into this book at first because the narrator felt so monotoned. And she pauses after every sentence or couple of lines as if she's reading the iambic pentameter of a Shakespearean play. It just felt really emotionless.
Luckily, the writing/words were pretty full of emotion, so despite the lack of emotion from the narrator, you still can feel (and I believe feeling emtion was a major point to this story) most of the intention of the author. If the narrator read with more emotion, this story would have had a much great impact.
I literally started this audiobook right after finishing another where the narrator was amazing, so it might not be fair to compare...
The story itself is quite unique, although I did kind of predict the ending (though I was hoping the whole time I was wrong). Most of the story is depressing and heatbreaking, so be prepared.
The author does a great job utilizing flashback in visual way, kind of like watching a movie flashback, where it's a seemless thought instead of a forced education of the past.
I read on the author's blog that book 2 is due January 2013, so here's hoping book 2 focuses on a happier emotional undertone.
Despite my depression after this book, I do recommend it.
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