Monday, April 30th 2012

Review: Everneath, Brodi Ashton.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Publication Date: February 2, 2012
Received From: Bought
Page Count: 384
ISBN: 9780857074577

Blurb:
SIX MONTHS AGO, NICKI BECKETT VANISHED INTO AN UNDERWORLD KNOWN AS THE EVERNEATH.

Now she’s returned to her old life for another six months before the Everneath comes to claim her . . . this time for ever. Nikki longs to spend this precious time reconnecting with the people she left behind – her family, her friends and, most importantly, her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything.

But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smouldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki home, convinced that she is the key to claiming the throne of the Underworld. Cole wants to bring Nikki back to the Everneath, but this time as his queen.

Now Nikki only has six months for goodbyes she can’t find the words for, six months to make the hardest decision of her life, six months to find redemption, if it exists. . .

‘Everneath’ by Brodi Ashton had been on my shelf for a few months, just waiting for me to read it. Despite the gorgeous cover, I wasn’t in any real hurry to read it. Yet now I’ve finally got round to doing so, WOW!
I could leave my review at that. Just WOW! The end. (Just Kidding – I’ll explain why).

‘Everneath’ is the story of Nikki Beckett; a girl who returns from the Everneath in attempt to tell her friends, family and boyfriend goodbye properly. The Everneath is the underworld, a place between life and death. Nikki has been there for a century but on Earth, it’s only been six months. Nikki has six months before she is taken permanently to the Everneath. Yet theres someone who is set on taking her back sooner; Cole. Cole is an immortal who Nikki spent the last century with. He wants to take Nikki back to the Everneath and make her his immortal Queen. In the six months she has left, Nikki attempts to put her past wrongs right, all the while fighting her addiction to Cole and trying to find the loop hole she most desperatley wants that will keep her with the people she loves.

The plot is centred around Nikki’s hope of finding redemption and it’s a theme that runs throughout the entire book. Nikki is focused on getting that redemption and as a result, there were a lot of twists, excitement and astonishing moments along the way. The story was so unique to anything I have ever read before. Pair that with Ashton’s flawless writing, it’s hardly any surprise I finished the book in one night alone. (Not kidding – I pulled an all-nighter; I just couldn’t put it down!)

The characters delivered too. Nikki was very likeable and I respected her a lot. She knows she has messed up big time but she is also focused on fixing it. She doesn’t look to anyone else to do that for her, instead she takes responsibility. I admired her for her strength to keep going and find the redemption she needs.

Then there’s Cole. He was the character I couldn’t quite figure out at first. He claims he cares about Nikki and wants her to be his immortal Queen, yet it’s questionable whether he is genuine or not. Does he really like Nikki or does he want to use her for his own gain? His character was very intriguing!

I have to mention Jack. Jack was Nikki’s boyfriend she left behind. He is the sweetest boy ever. He never gave up on Nikki and throughout the story he is always there for her. It was heart wrenching to read about the lengths he’d go to just because he loves Nikki.

The ending is sad, very sad. I didn’t see it coming and it broke my heart a little. Despite everything being tied up nicely, it’s clear there is more to come from Nikki and co. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out. If you haven’t already, you MUST read this.

3 Responses to “Review: Everneath, Brodi Ashton.”

  1. Maryse E. says:

    I’ve considered reading this book for a few months but never actually did. It’s reading reviews like this that makes me want to read it even more. Especially considering that you had it for a few moths but never read it and when you did you liked it!

  2. Katlyn says:

    My books always sit on my shelf for ages since I’m always getting new ones. Ironically, it’s usually the best ones that sit the longest. Great review!

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