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I spotted Everneath on Netgalley and asked Twitter if I should request or not. General consensus was yes, so I did--and I'm so glad! I love stories based on myths, and Everneath was no exception. It's loosely based on the story of Hades and Persephone and a featured a couple of others and I found it all very interesting and also rather romantic.
The Everneath is an underworld where immortals 'feed' on the emotions of humans. And Nikki Beckett? She chose to go there. She's been gone for a century, but in the real world only six months have passed. Nikki chooses to 'return' for six months so that she can say goodbye to her family and her friends, which she didn't have the chance to do before, and when her six months are over, Nikki will be exiled to the Everneath for ever. But now she has another choice... she can be stolen away by the Tunnels and have her emotions sucked away or she can willingly go back, as queen. But being queen means she'll have to feed off of others.
Nikki was fierce and selfless and I found myself really caring about her, rooting for her to find a solution for her problem so that she could stay with her family and Jack. She kept going, even when she knew that she'd end up back in the Tunnels and I really admired her for her determination. And I loved, LOVED that half of the book wasn't just her going on about how plain and boring she is and how exciting and amazing and gorgeous Cole/Jack are when there were way more important things to think about. Thought it was great that bad boy Cole wasn't the one our Nikki found herself falling in love with, although she felt drawn to him, but in fact the actual bad guy. His character was fantastic, he was gorgeous, dangerous and a total rock star. No, seriously, I hear his band, The Dead Elvises, are just amazing. The relationship between Cole and Nikki was very well-written, and I had to giggle at the banter between the two. Jack was lovely, and there was so much more to him than just being the popular hot guy. He was very sweet and I liked that there was no insta-love between him and Nikki, they actually had a history and it was so clear to see that he really cared for her and what he felt for her was real.
One thing though...throughout the whole book, I felt like there was some big important thing that I was missing, which is why I'd probably give it 4 stars out of 5. I'm not too sure what it was, but it was like... y'know when you miss a day of school, and then you come in the next day and your friends are talking about some hilarious thing that happened in you absence, and you just have to sit back and watch them laugh about it because you weren't there when it happened? That. Yeah. Does that make sense? Because it sounded better in my head.
But the ending. Oh--the ending was perfect. Totally heartbreaking. *wipes tear from cheek* Well, at least until the last chapter. I kinda hoped it would be a standalone, but judging by those last few pages, we can say that there will probably be a sequel. I kinda liked it how it was, but I will definitely be looking out for the next book. Brodi Ashton has created an utterly gorgeous debut novel. Rich and intricate, Everneath will allure you into the darkness. Highly recommended for fans of paranormal YA and mythology.
Big thanks to HarperTeen and Netgalley for providing me with an eGalley of Everneath. Simon & Schuster UK are publishing this sometime soon for us Brits!