Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Harper Collins/ Balzer + Bray
Release date: January 24th, 2012
Pages: 370 (Hardcover)
Cover: 4.5/5 Stars
Plot: 3.5/5 Stars
Six months ago, Nikki Beckett was sucked into the Everneath. Now that she's back, she only as six months until the Tunnels come to take her away forever. She has six months to try to go back to normal. Six months to say goodbye. Six months to find some kind of redemption- if it even exists. And to make things even more complicated, the Everliving who fed off her emotions wants her to come with him forever and become his queen. She and the boy who helped her survive the Feed must try to see a way to save Nikki's soul... before everything is lost.
Everneath didn't really live up to my expectations. I had really high hopes for it, but it was a medium paced book. The plot was intriguing, the romance was endearing, but the overall lacked some ZEST. Have any of you heard of wanting to finish the book but not read it syndrome? No? Ok, so I just made it up, but I really felt this way!
You can't shut me up about how much I love mythology. And Brodi Ashton? High fives all around! The Everneath is a place where Everlivings take mortals to feed off their emotions. It fuels them, so they become immortal. You see: our idea is that in the underworld is full of the dead, but in a twist, it's home to people who live forever. The author takes mythology to a whole new heights as she creates a legend of her own- but intertwines it with the Hades/ Persephone AND Orpheus/ Eurydice myths! Brodi Ashton gets a gold stars for creativity! Obviously, the woman has thought everything out.
One of the major things that bugged me was Nikki's narration. It was vapid. Maybe it's too much to ask a girl who has been in the underworld having her emotions sucked out to give a bit more feeling. An interesting narrator with vibrant thoughts would certainly would make the story more interesting to read. I'm not implying that Nikki was a mopey person, because she wasn't. She was selfless and eager to make things right, yet is really isolated from herself and the readers.
The main reason you should pick up this book is the romance. A forewarning to those of you who associate romance with intense make out sessions, it wasn't the steamy kind of romance. It was really sweet. It's so obvious that they love each other to the end of the world and back A lot of love stories in books these day lack back bone. They are there to be there, and don't have much structure.
Everneath is totally worth a shot. For me, it is on middle ground (unfortunately not Middle Earth. Hobbits walking around would be supremely epic. But I digress!). I liked the whole concept, but didn't think it was very exciting while reading it.
Keep on reading,