Thursday, March 8, 2012

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Genre:  YA Mythological Fantasy
Everneath Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Brodi Ashton's website):
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...

Here's a funny connection I had to the book that I didn't realize until after I started it, it's set in Utah and I grew up in Utah.  In fact, the university I attended gets a special shout out in the book.  So, all those Utah terms (like Wasatch - so that's the only one I could think of) I totally understood, and it didn't go way above my head...

This is the first mythology book that I've read this year.  And let me tell you, I loved it!  Everneath kept me captivated from the very beginning.  I missed out on sleep and only went to work with great reluctance while reading this book.

So I'm not really going to describe the book other than there's a slight love-triangle.  I say slight because the triangle is one-sided (it'll make sense when you read it).  The one complaint I had about Nikki (which is something I've noticed with female teenage leads): she has a very low opinion of herself and little self-esteem.  What makes me say this?  She automatically thinks the worst of people and situations.  Now I know I was that way as a teenager, and I don't know if growing up is like taking these pink-fogged glasses off and gaining self-esteem instantly (okay- so I only have a little bit more self-esteem than what I had in high school).  But that's my complaint.

Who would I tell to read this book?  Someone who has my tastes.  Someone who doesn't want to be overwhelmed with romance or needs something besides the romance to keep her going.  In this instance, it's the mythology.  And I'm looking forward to the next one.

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge, YA Mythology Challenge, and Young Adult Reading Challenge

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