Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Release Date: January 24, 2012
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Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 384
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
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Get the Audiobook: Audible

I started reading Everneath when I was in a bit of a reading slump. At the time I wasn’t sure if I was reading mediocre books or if it was just me, but I wasn’t enjoying what I was reading. I decided to give Everneath a try and I’m so glad that I did, because it was just what I needed to get out of that funk and get excited about reading again!

I love the way that the story of Everneath was told. You don’t start at the beginning and then work to the end. What you know is that Nikki is waking up in the Everneath. We don’t really know what the Everneath is, or why she is there, we only know that she’s been there for a long time and she’s been thinking of one person and one person only.

Upon her “completion” in the Everneath she chooses to go back home. And although she’s been in the Everyneath for thousands of years only six months have passed in her world. Throughout the story we see flashbacks of Nikki’s life before Cole and the Everneath. And believe me, you will discover all to well why Nikki can’t get Jack out of her head! Even with the smoldering and delicious Cole ever present. The orchestration of the past and present make the story that much more addicting!

I’m always fascinated with mythology. And the play of mythology within Everneath was done exceptionally well. The parallels to the myth of Hades and Persephone mare obvious in some aspects, however the suggestion of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is just as relevant though not quite as evident. And I absolutely loved it!

Great characters, great story… fabulous debut! I can’t wait to continue this story with these characters.