Author: Brodi Ashton.
Published: January 24th 2012.
Publisher: HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray.
Sort: Part one of ‘Everneath’
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Nikki was sucked into the underworld, also called the Everneath. This is a layer between heaven and hell where certain people found a way to be immortal: The Everlivings. Every hundred years they must bring someone with them, so they can suck out their emotions and energy in order to survive. These victims are called Forfeits. Most of them die after the Feed, but the living are taken away in the Tunnels where they feed the whole Everneath with their energy. Nikki lives and she chooses to Return. She has six months before the Shadow in her opens the Tunnel to take her back. Her Everliving Cole follows her and tries to persuade her to return with him. He can make her his Queen and that will spare her of the horrible fate in the Tunnels.
But Nikki isn’t planning to return with Cole. She is trying to get her life back, but most of all, she wants to see her boyfriend Jack. When they slowly get their friendship back, Nikki decides to tell him everything. Jack believes her and together, they are trying to find a way to defeat the Everneath.
First of all, there is some sort of love-triangle in this book, but it worked for me. Cole really wants Nikki to be his Queen and he keeps stalking her. Nikki sometimes returns to him, because he completes her. He took her emotions away and this gives a freaky and unwelcome bond between them. I liked how Nikki always tried to keep Cole away from her and the people she love. She isn’t weak or whiny, but strong. Than there is adorable Jack, the boyfriend she still loves. All these three characters had their own distinct voice. I could connect with them and despite the fact that Cole is a bad boy, I just couldn’t hate him.
The world-building was good. The information we get is spread throughout the book and that made it easy to understand the situation. In flashbacks we see how Jack and Nikki’s relationship started and how sweet they were together. It was also nice to see how Nikki is trying to pick up her life. It’s pretty messed up, but her father is trying to make the best out of this situation and her little brother is cute.
The mythology was nicely incorporated into the storyline and the writing-style was great. I flew through the pages and the plot kept me hooked to the pages. You can predict the ending, but it didn’t spoil the fun for me. It only makes me excited to read the next book. I can’t wait!
“Remembering is easy. It's forgetting that's hard.”