PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
DATE PUBLISHED: 24th January 2012
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s 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 precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is 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 queen.
A captivating read, melding myth and love in a modern day setting. This book takes the mythological stories of Hades and Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice, and uses these stories to inform this modern day setting. The book is told in two seperate timelines, before Nikki goes to Everneath and after she returns.
The first half of the book raised so many questions with me, I needed to know what Everneath was, that was the feeding, why was Nikki back, and so much more. I felt this really drove the reader to continue the story and explore these characters more. Just let the book take you and all will be explained.
I felt Nikki’s character was emotionally driven through majority of the book and her decisions were made depending on her emotions. As a teen that is not good. Teens generally have a heightened sense of emotions. Her moral compass is a saving grace though and overall she was a likeable character.
Cole was a character I just couldn’t decide whether I loved or hate. At times he seemed caring and kind and then he would almost do a 360 and become very selfish. I am very interested to see his character develop more and see how his story-arc will develop through this series.
Jack was by far my favourite character. It almost feels like a love triangle with these three characters but Jack just takes it home. He is a mortal and has no part in this mythical world he is thrown into. However, when Nikki comes back mysteriously he cannot help but get involved and his intentions are some of the purest I have ever read.
The story was something I had never read and the plot has many twists and turns that kept it interesting. The ending tied everything up but left things open for the continuation of the series. I am entranced by this book and am in love with this new twist on two different mythological tales.
Keep Calm and Read On,