- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (Jan. 24 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062071130
- ISBN-13: 978-0062071132
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #568,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Everneath Hardcover – Jan 24 2012
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“Ashton’s debut, is complex and intriguing. Drawing inspiration from such myths as Osiris, Orpheus, and Persephone, it explores the nature of loss and longing and what it means to be alive.” (Publishers Weekly)
“I was pulled under by this bittersweet, beautiful retelling of the Persephone myth. Ashton’s lovely storytelling and strong-on-her-own-terms main character set this one apart. Wonderful!” (Ally Condie, author of the MATCHED trilogy)
“The powerful emotions, moving and painful rebuilding of strained relationships, and star-crossed love story is sure to resonate with teen readers.” (School Library Journal)
“The author brings a fresh, innovative concept to young adult fiction with well-developed characters and a fantastic plot line .... Libraries are advised to buy multiple copies-this one will fly off the shelves.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
“Enthralling and suspenseful, EVERNEATH is pure indulgent escapism!” (Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of HUSH, HUSH and CRESCENDO)
About the Author
BRODI ASHTON is also the author of Everneath, a VOYA Perfect 10 for 2011; Everbound; and Evertrue; and the coauthor, with Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows, of My Lady Jane. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Brodi lives in Utah with her family. You can visit her online at www.brodiashton.blogspot.com
Top Customer Reviews
Take Becks for example. Oh my goodness. I’m surprised I went through reading this book because I was starting to get annoyed at her whiny personality. She got so emo and lamented over her situation. There wasn’t much personality to her. She was just, emotional baggage that’s carried all through the story. She doesn’t even put much of a fight so I don’t see her as a strong character nor as a likable one. Cole and his crew were just as annoying. Sometimes it might just take a punch to the fast to make him stop. But it looks like Becks was too busy immersed in her self pity to do something like that.
Out of the characters, Jack was the only one I really like the most. He was such a sweetheart and for what he did just categorizes him into the best YA boyfriends ever. However despite that, the love and chemistry between Jack and Becks wasn’t really there. She was too much of a cardboard character to really make the romance become something substantial.
So it wasn’t that bad of a book. The ending was great. Although I have a feeling more whininess is going to come from Becks in the second one. Nevertheless it’s worth the read for YA lovers.
I really enjoyed the story. I like reading new modern twists on Greek Myths and this one did not disappoint. Nikki, the narrator of the story, had a bit of a rough time a few months ago and made a decision that changed her life. She was taken to the Everneath. Now, after deciding to Return to the human world, she has six months to make amends and make a big decision that will affect the rest of her life. I really liked Nikki. I thought that she was relateable and easy to connect with. I really felt for her sometimes, but she could also be frustrating as hell! She is one of those characters that makes decisions or does certain things that just makes the reader want to slap the silly out of her.
Nikki's boyfriend on the surface is Jack...well, he was her boyfriend before she left. At first, I wasn't sure I liked Jack. He seemed like your stereotypical jock, with his many past girlfriends before Nikki. As it turns out, though, he really did love Nikki and he's not the person I thought he was. He is actually very endearing.
Cole is the confusing dude who took Nikki and sucked her dry of emotions and, ultimately, is the reason she is facing the fate she is throughout this story. I'm not sure about my feelings for Cole. One minute I liked him and the next I couldn't stand him. I guess I'll have to read Neverfall and see what my opinion is after that. Though, to be honest, I'm really fighting with myself because although I feel that I should read Neverfall, I really just want to skip straight to Everbound to continue this story that has enveloped me!
I thought the writing was decent. The story-telling was very good, as it was able to fully pull me in and I didn't want to put the book down. I had one tiny issue, though. The novel has parts of the present (labelled "now") and parts of the past, but the entire narration is in past tense. So, when the part of the chapter that was in the present and labelled "now" came up and then it was written in past tense, I found that strange. I think it would have flowed better if the past was in past tense and then when it jumped to now, it was present tense. Makes more sense to me.
I would recommend this book! Yes, I would. Okay...I can't wait any longer...off to read Neverfall and Everbound!! :)
In all honesty when I saw that this book jumped around quite a bit in the time sequence (ie. 3 months before the Feed, 2 weeks before the Tunnels, and whatnot) I rolled my eyes and thought to myself, "Ugh... It's going to be one of *those* books" (you know *those* books, the ones that throw a ton of flashbacks at you- flashbacks that you frankly don't care about because all you want to read about is the here-and-now, specifically about how the leads, in this case, Nikki and Jack's, relationship is growing)- but it wasn't in the slightest. In fact, I really enjoyed learning about Nikki and Jack's past, it really made the ending all the more heartbreaking.
All in all, while I was admittedly unfamiliar with the the Greek myth of Persephone I did very much enjoy this book- I think that this is very much one of those books who will appeal to both those already familiar with the tale and those unfamiliar (and admittedly after having read this book I have found myself curious about the myth of Persephone and want to learn more about it).
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