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4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a new series
With a refreshing new take on the myth of Persephone, Brodi Ashton has created a thrilling debut novel that will pull the reader in while they get sucked into the story.
Everyone who knows me, knows I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology and I thoroughly enjoyed Ashton's take on it. Her writing is fluent and to be honest, it made me read like a maniac. I couldn't...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Everneath
I honestly don't know what to make of this book. Or rather my feelings towards it. I'd heard so many positive things about it that I picked it up specifically when I needed a guaranteed good read. Sure, it's an easy read and I got through it in just a couple of days but I was just so underwhelmed by it.
The biggest issues I have with this book is believability...
Published 19 months ago by Vicki @ Cosy Books
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a new series,
This review is from: Everneath (Paperback)With a refreshing new take on the myth of Persephone, Brodi Ashton has created a thrilling debut novel that will pull the reader in while they get sucked into the story.
Everyone who knows me, knows I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology and I thoroughly enjoyed Ashton's take on it. Her writing is fluent and to be honest, it made me read like a maniac. I couldn't flip the pages quick enough! Nikki's time on the Surface it ticking away, and she is determined to find a way to stay there with Jack, her boyfriend. The pacing is fast and manages to keep the reader's attention perfectly.
While I thought that Nikki could have spent some more time with her family, like she wanted in the beginning, I was intrigued by her determination to not go back to the Everneath. To her, Cole is both alluring and repulsive, because of what he did to her when she was at her weakest. She admits her faults and that she should have done it differently, but there's no way to turn back time, so she has to live with the consequences. I liked that about her. I liked that she was a fighter, even though she knew that the Tunnels would come for her in six months time. I liked her.
And for the first time in probably ever, I liked both guys in the story. They both had their good sides and even though Cole fed on her emotions for six months, draining Nikki until she was almost an empty shell, I felt myself to be curious about him. I want to know more.
After that ending, I can only say that I'm already impatiently awaiting the sequel to Everneath. I'm sure it'll be just as addicting as this debut novel!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great read from this debut author,
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This was a beautifully written story based around the myths of Hades/Persephone and Orpheus/Eurydice. I really enjoyed reading this and found it hard to put down. This is a unique story and I loved the whole idea, where Nikki our protagonist has chosen to go with Cole to the Everneath in order to escape the pain she feels from a bust up with her boyfriend Jack, and the death of her mother.
Unbeknownst to her, Cole is an immortal being who needs to `feed' on humans, known as `forfeit's' in order to gain his strength. As far as her family and friends are aware she has gone missing, probably due to drugs and is gone for 6 months. However Nikki has in fact spent 100 years in the Everneath as a forfeit allowing Cole to feed off of her emotions. At the end of the 100 years she has a choice and hers is to return for six months to say her goodbyes before the Everneath claims her forever. She comes back to her home town disorientated, sapped of all her strength and emotions and finding it hard to remember anything of her time both in the
Everneath, and from before she left.
Nikki is a strong independent character. Throughout the book as she deals with Cole who she is very strongly tied to as a result of their time wrapped around each other in the Everneath, and also as she tentatively rebuilds her relationship with Jack, she takes responsibility for her actions and knows that this whole situation is of her own doing. I also liked Jack whom she misjudged and who shows his love and commitment to her, right to the very end. I even found myself feeling a bit sorry for Cole (I'm clearly a sucker for a bad boy!) as he fights for Nikki believing that ultimately she will return to him and will be the answer to eternal life, ruling the Underworld forever.
The characters were well developed and believable. The author takes us back and forth, through both the build-up to the feed and the events before Nikki disappears and also through the six months after Nikki returns and I enjoyed piecing the story together this way as more information was revealed. This story is all about redemption as Nikki seeks to put things right before her six months is up, but also about what true love is and certainly what it isn't.
Verdict: A really great read from this debut author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everneath,
This review is from: Everneath (Paperback)I bought this book for two reasons - one because of the gorgeous cover and two because I had read lots of reviews for it and wanted to see for myself what it was like.
I was drawn into the story very quickly, I liked how it jumped from then to now giving the reader teasing snippets of information about the events leading up to Nikki vanishing to the Everneath. Each chapter had a countdown to the time when Nikki was due to be claimed by the Everneath and every time I got to one of these points my heart started beating faster as I anticipated what might happen when time runs out.
The story is a modern-day retelling of the Persephone myth and I felt that this was captured perfectly. I actually had a feeling of hopelessness whilst reading and I found myself trying to figure out ways to stop the inevitable from happening. There were some really sweet, romantic moments and it made me feel sad that this was all happening to Nikki.
I was so absorbed by this story, I couldn't stop reading and ended up finishing it in just one day. One of the reasons I couldn't stop reading was because as I got further in the book everything started falling in to place - my questions were being answered and I was understanding everything much better.
The ending actually shocked me, I really didn't expect it, but now I think about it I feel like I should have seen it coming because there definitely were clues.
This is the first in a planned trilogy and I seriously can't wait to find out what happens next so I am eagerly awaiting news of the next book.
A dark and mysterious story that pulled me in and wouldn't let go!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everneath book 1,
This review is from: Everneath (Paperback)After a series of devastating events Nikki made the drastic decision to go to Everneath (the underworld) with Cole who promised he would take away all her pain when they were there. As far as her friends and family are aware she has been missing for 6 months but time in the Everneath works differently and as far as she is concerned she has been gone for 100 years. Now she has been allowed to return to the surface but she only has six months to make peace with those she left behind before she will be forced to return to Everneath - this time forever.
After spending 100 years with Cole feeding off of her emotions Nikki has returned just a shell of the person she once was. She doesn't feel like she will ever be able to laugh or cry again - that amount of feeling is beyond her now. She soon realises that she is different to the others who have been taken to the Everneath though and Cole seems desperate to convince her to go back with him. But just what is so different about her and why is she so important to the Immortals like Cole?
Everneath is a great debut from Brodi Ashton and has me excited to see what happens in the next two books in the trilogy (I wish there was some information available about when the other books will be released!). This first instalment of the series was an emotional read, more character driven than action packed but still a book that had me hooked from beginning to end. Nikki has to face the things that happened before she was taken to Everneath and she has to try and make amends for the way she left things with her family, friends and boyfriend. She realises that not everything was as it seemed and she has to face just how hard her disappearance was for everyone she left behind. Knowing that she will be leaving again in six months makes things doubly hard for her - she wants to part on better terms than the last time but how can she do that without explaining why she will vanish again?
Nikki's boyfriend Jack was devastated when she disappeared the first time and the last thing she wants to do is hurt him again but she can't help being drawn to him. He was the one thing that she remembered after her time in the Everneath and he was the reason she most wanted to return. When she realises how hurt he will be when she leaves him for a second time she tries to keep her distance but Jack isn't going to let her get away with ignoring him. The romance between them was one of the sweetest I've read about in a long time and Jack is completely swoon worthy! The ending was bittersweet and left me desperate to find out what happens next.
I really enjoyed the author's use of Greek mythology in the story and it made me want to find out more about the original story of Persephone and Hades. I really don't know enough about Greek mythology and I must do something about that. Overall I felt that Everneath was a great start to a new series and it is one I'd highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance that is a bit different from the norm. I can't wait for the next instalment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut!,
This review is from: Everneath (Kindle Edition)Wow. I'm all mixed up about this one. Breaking it down: over and above I absolutely loved this book. It's one of my favourite reads of 2012 so far and definitely one of my favourite YA books ever. I picked it up a few hours ago and I literally couldn't put it down until I finished, the story and the writing was so compelling and addictive. At the same time I found Everneath a really difficult read because my chest ached the entire time; the narration was so heartbreaking and the premise so bittersweet and dark. Brodi Ashton's mythology is pure genius, I was captivated by her take on the Hades and Persephone myth and the underworld called `Everneath' and the creatures that live there `Everlings'. It was just stunning and unique and so refreshingly wonderful to read. Narrator and heroine, Nikki, is exactly that - she's courageous and pure of heart as is the love of her life, Jack, but they weren't cheesy or overdramatic. In fact the love story was authentic, gripping and utterly heartbreaking. It's one of the most real for me of all the love stories I've read in YA. I was actually choking back the tears a little at the end of this book. Not sure it's one I could re-read over and over again but I am definitely desperate to read book two.
Beautifully dark and sweetly haunting. A must read!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Everneath,
This review is from: Everneath (Paperback)I honestly don't know what to make of this book. Or rather my feelings towards it. I'd heard so many positive things about it that I picked it up specifically when I needed a guaranteed good read. Sure, it's an easy read and I got through it in just a couple of days but I was just so underwhelmed by it.
The biggest issues I have with this book is believability. I did not believe Nikki's reasons for going to the Everneath. I did not believe she spent a hundred years there (six months of our time). And I certainly didn't believe in the romance that she supposedly couldn't forget during that time. It was all so insipid and unconvincing.
I really didn't enjoy Nikki as a character either and couldn't muster any sympathy for her at all. She's given six months back in her old life and completely wastes it as far as I could tell. She pretty much completely ignores her family and best friend, who only get brief occasional mentions and seems to spend an amazing amount of time doing homework alone in her room for someone whose time is limited! It wouldn't be what I'd be doing anyway! Jack, the boyfriend she loves so much is equally as dull. I can't think of anything much more to say about him.
The only interesting character was the villain, Cole, although I'd have liked to have known a lot more about him and his world. Oh and I was also quite intrigued by minor characters Meredith/Mary and her Mother and would have loved to hear more of their story. I did like the splashes of Greek mythology based around Hades and Persephone. I was prepared to fully hate this book, but felt it redeemed itself towards the end somewhat, surprising me a little and making me a teeny bit curious about what will happen in book two.
I'm not sure if I've just reached the end of the road with paranormal YA, but this really was just a 'meh' book for me, although I appreciate I'm in the minority there! If you like a lot of angst but not much action then you may like it more than I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking Book.,
This review is from: Everneath (Paperback)What is it about?
Six months ago Nikki 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 forever. 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 only 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, 6 months to make the hardest decision of her life and, 6 months to find the redemption - if it exists...
Really great book. The charecters were well developed, as well as the settings and other many things in this book. There were Many breathtaking romantic scenes that made ma want to read more and more, and also there were a few funny and a lot of sad moments that made the book even better.
So why the hell have i given Everneath 4 stars? Well, i honestly don't know. Maybe it's because there weren't MANY exiting and hooking scenes, or partly because i think it's not my type of the books i useally read. i have no idea. one thing i know for sure that it is not my type of a book at all, but that doesn't mean that this book is bad. it's actrully amazing, just not my tast i gues.
But here's the best thing about this book.
It's a Timeless love story with unique mythology that captivates the imagination. Fascinating beggining and ending. Amazing book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just resurfaced from this book - itching so bad to get the next!,
What can I say? The cover? Captivating. The blurb? Awesome. Everneath had me in the first few pages and I could never let go. It was that good. The plot was unique and exciting from the beginning so I found myself always wanting to know more even until the end and with Ashton bringing the story of Hades and Persephone together with Orpheus and Eurydice to produce Everneath, it just became too much for me to contain my excitement throughout the whole book.
Everneath follows the character Nikki in her hopes of finding redemption among her family and friends after being taken to the Feed to - of course - feed the everlivings. Unlike most YA books, Everneath not only explores the relationship between Jack and Nikki but with her best friend, brother and father as well, which is why I like it so much.
How Ashton sometimes inserted a memory from the past within a chapter made me realize how empty Nikki was when she left the Feed, that even some of her memories were lost so I always end up looking forward to the walk down memory lane, this brings more of the Jack and Nikki love story and we see glimpses of their past together. Not only that, 'Nik' or 'Beks' - as she is sometimes called- is able to taste the emotions of others and this emphasizes the emptiness within her. So Nikki became one of my favourite characters, not just because I felt sorry for all her troubles, but because of her selflessness and it's because of her selflessness that made such a strong character in the book.
With Cole's offer of ruling the Everneath or end up in the tunnels, I personally would rather feed of people's emotions than suffer in the tunnels as a battery. But as Nikki is the protagonist, she has to be selfless and her time during the Feed led her to believe that there is no hero for her. Which is where Jack - lovely lovely Jack- comes in. My super most favourite character on top of all. Why? Jack never gave up on her at all, ever. Jack was a super sweet character most will definitely fall in love with.Well, I did anyway. So I found it hard to believe that she felt that heroes did not exist and ended up shouting 'Jack's your hero, you fool!' most of the time.
The character I wasn't particularly fond of was Jules. For Nikki's best friend to lose hope in finding her and is then disappointed when she return because of her unrequited love for Jack is just... ugh. I liked her for trying to make things normal again when Nikki returned but at the beginning, Jules wasn't the best friend character I liked at all, but made it up towards the end. Jules' love for her best friend's boyfriend is just one I find too cliche.
I love the love triangle! Add this to the story's twist and you will find yourself wanting and craving more. Cole or Jack? Hmmmm I find it to decide, so we'll leave that to Nikki. While reading Everneath, I found my self captivated by its unique, fast-paced plot and twists with hints dropped from the very beginning. It's a must read and I cannot wait for the next book!
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely awesome start to a great series.,
The story is rooted in Greek mythology. I've always been a fan of the Persephone myth. It's my favorite of all the Greek myths. Persephone is my favorite goddess. I think that helped a lot with being sucked into this story. But it worked so well. The execution was amazing. The concept was really original, creative, and well constructed.
So the story tells the tale of Nikki, who was tricked to follow bad boy Cole into the Everneath (underworld) to let him Feed on her (not vampire type stuff, energy sucking stuff). It simultaneously tells the events leading up to her descent into the Everneath and the events during her six month Return (before she is sent back to the Everneath forever). That means a lot of time jumps (or flashbacks, I guess). I'm amazed by how much this didn't bother me. Each scene, present or past, revealed one more element of the mystery surrounding the Everneath and Nikki's decision. Therefore, each scene sucks you in and keeps you reading. The pacing is just wonderful. You gradually get more insights into this world, and before you know it you've been absorbed by the whole story and can't stop reading until the end.
There is a potential love triangle. Which, just as the time jumps, I usually hate. But not here. Wow, Ashton, you really did a remarkable job. I digress. The love triangle is different from your average love triangle. Both love interests have distinct personalities. With Cole, you're tempted by the hints of redeeming qualities, while at the same time desperate to know what he's scheming. With Jack.... oh, Jack. It took a while for me to understand the history behind their relationship (at first I thought it was ridiculous, a 'normal' girl dating the quarterback, like wuuut?) but as that gradually got revealed, wow. I just want to hug him. And, yeah. It's a love triangle that kind of has me dying for more (wow, that never happens) -- although I am more on the Jack side of things.
Aside from it being a love triangle, this book screams paranormal romance. Which, also, is something I usually do not like. The novel is very romance-centric - which usually I hate (I want depth, story, action). God, this book is surprising on so many fronts. Because I was so sucked in, I didn't mind. Any of it. You may have converted me, Ashton.
The only negative thing I can say about this story is that the pacing (which, again, I found to be perfect) does mean that character development and depth also gradually comes about - it took me quite a while to actually get a sense of who the characters were and what they were like. It's not the strongest connection I've ever had to characters. But overall, the story was so well executed that this doesn't bother me as much as it might in another novel.
Overall, I'm amazed. Ashton can take some of the most hated plot elements and make you love them. Her pacing, story telling, and world building will blow you away. The ending cliffhanger will leave you heartbroken and desperate for more. I NEED that sequel, Everbound.
Do I even need to mention how stunning that cover is?
4.0 out of 5 stars A great retelling,
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Overall, the book was good, I loved the plotline and the mythological side however I didn't think the characters were that great. But still I can't wait to read to read the next book.
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Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Paperback - 2 Feb 2012)