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Nikki Beckett has just returned from the Everneath to a family who doesn’t know where she’s been, a boyfriend who doesn’t know why she left and old friends who think she’s an addict. But Nikki doesn’t have time to answer questions. She only has six months before the tunnels of the Everneath come for her again. Six months for goodbyes she’ll never be able to say out loud. Six months to find redemption, if it exists. But then Nikki discovers that she didn’t return to the surface alone. Cole, the Everliving who lured her into the Everneath followed her as is determined to make sure Nikki returns to the Everneath with him, but this time as his queen. Nikki soon realises that Cole will stop at nothing to convince her to rule with him, putting everyone she loves, especially her boyfriend Jack, in grave danger. Together, Nikki and Jack search for answers in ancient myths and from mysterious characters, hoping to find a loophole for Nikki to escape her fate. And they do…Killing an Everliving can’t be that hard, can it?
I have been meaning to start this series for so long now, but hadn’t got around to it. I’m pleased I’ve started it now for two reasons. The first being that it is brilliant and the second…all of the books are out! Yay! This means that I have no waiting between books. If I wanted to I could binge read the whole series. I’m not going to though, I want to put a little bit of time in-between them.
I was really impressed by Everneath, especially because this was Brodi Ashton’s debut novel. Our protagonist Nikki, has decided to go with Cole to the Everneath after experiencing much pain due to a situation with her boyfriend Jack and her mother’s death. Nikki doesn’t know that Cole is an immortal who needs to feed on humans who are known as Forfeits in order to get his strength. Nikki’s family and friends just think she’s gone missing, they think it could be drug related. Nikki has been gone for six months, but for her she has spent 100 years in the Everneath as a Forfeit, allowing Cole to feed from her emotions. After 100 years, Nikki is given the opportunity to go back home for six months to say goodbye to everyone before the Everneath claims her forever.
Everneath is based around the myths of Hades/Persephone and Orpheus/Eurydice. I don’t really know much about these myths, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I thought it was beautifully written and easy to understand. It was a great story, and I can’t wait to continue with the series. I’m not going to binge read it, but it’s definitely going to leapfrog its way across some of the books on my TBR pile.
I absolutely loved Nikki as a protagonist. She’s particularly strong minded and determined to redeem herself. I thought Cole and Jack were great characters as well. I actually found myself liking both of them, which is quite unusual, I usually like one or the other and this time I liked both the good guy and the bad guy. I really liked that Nikki rebuilt her relationship with Jack. She takes responsibility for the whole situation.
I’m not always a fan of books that jump around in time, but I think it worked with Everneath. It was clear which time you were reading about. Everneath jumps from before and after the Feed. I think this really built the tension incredibly well. I was just waiting for Nikki’s six months to be up! With the ending…I just know it won’t be too long before I take on Everbound.
Pretty Girl-13 – Liz Coley