Publication Date: January 24, 2012Review: I remember when everyone got ARCs of this book in their mailbox and I was slowly turning into the green eyed monster. But now that I've read it, I can say that I needn't have let the green eyed monster peek out, because I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. Which really stinks.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 240
Synopsis: 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...
I think the reason why I didn't like this book was because I couldn't connect with any of the characters. They all seemed dull or forced or a combination of the two. It was nearly impossible for me to feel for Nikki as a reader, because honestly, I couldn't find it in me to empathize with her. She wasn't especially annoying, but she wasn't someone I'd be friends with either.
There's a weird kind of love triangle in this book. There's Cole, the creepy boy from the Everneath who is also kind of the villain. And then there's Jack, the boy Nikki loves. I wasn't particularly invested in either of them, but Cole was really weird, so I guess I'd choose Jack to be with Nikki.
The plot is on the slow side, with small spurts of fast paced scenes. There's enough going on to keep a reader engaged, though.
Everneath sports a unique twist on the classic Persephone/Hades tale with its own creative love story and mythology. I think overall, Everneath was a bit underwhelming and dry. The sequel won't be too high on my tbr list when it comes out, which stinks since the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger.