Imagine my joy when I opened my mailbox on Christmas Eve and inside was an ARC of Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Merry Christmas to me!
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
The Cover: My first impression of the cover was WOW. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love how the dress drifts into wisps through the air and what appears to be clouds at her feet. I also love the use of color. The red dress draws my attention down to the title.
The First Line: “I was picturing his face – a boy with floppy brown hair and brown eyes – when the Feed ended.” What I love about this line is the simplicity of it. You don’t get a lot of details, but you do get sucked in immediately with two questions that need to be answered. 1) Who’s the boy? and 2) What’s the Feed? It’s also apparent that the boy and the Feed are on opposite ends of the character’s desire.
The Good: The twist on mythology is great without overwhelming the reader with the mythology. There is enough information on Greek myths in the story without weighing down the plot. The characters are believable and well written. The setting is a great contrast to the brief visuals of the Everneath. The romance is definitely swoon worthy. While the love triangle can sometimes be overdone in YA books these days, Ashton manages to make it feel fresh.
The Bad: There isn’t a lot here. The only thing that bothered me was the absence of Nikki’s father and brother for the first half of the book. Especially her father. While they do pop up more frequently in the second half, both characters seemed underutilized in the beginning.
Recommendation: Anyone who enjoys YA paranormal romance should pick this up.