Expected publication: January 24th 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC from publisher by Netgalley
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being 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 months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's 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...
I’m honestly not really sure with where to begin this review… I had measured expectations about Everneath. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, and while I really wanted to just fall in love with it (because look at that seriously beautiful cover!), I held a little back, just in case I found I didn’t fall head over heels.
I shouldn’t have been so worried.
Everneath was fantastic. I take that back. It was fan-freaking-tastic! I honestly don’t even want to call this a Hades/Persephone story, I just want to let it be its own amazing story. Really, Everneath is everything Abandon by Meg Cabot should have been… It was dark, heart-wrenching, and romantic. I think Everneath had the best first chapter that I’ve read in a really, really long time. So creepy and “what is going on here?!” I love it!
One thing that threw me just a bit was the character of Cole. Don’t get me wrong, he was great. But he reminded me a little too much of a different Cole I know quite well. My own Cole from my Fall of Angels trilogy… I won’t go into too much detail but… stalker, bad guy, obsessed with the MC, way too good looking, determined to take someone into the “Everneath/afterlife”… anyway.
I seriously can’t wait to read the next book and it almost makes me wish I hadn’t gotten an ARC of this because now I have to wait all the longer! So go out and buy this NOW! I won’t be surprised if Everneath ends up in my favorite reads of 2012.
5 out of 5 stars!