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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 and Everbound, both of which were named VOYA Perfect 10s. 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.
Top Customer Reviews
This is Ashton's debut novel, and I found it very hard to put down!
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the gorgeous cover. I love the red/black colour combination, and that dress is simply amazing!
At the beginning of the story, 17 year-old Nikki Beckett is awakening from something called "the Feed." She is with Cole, the Everliving that she was feeding for 100 years in a place known as the Everneath. Cole has been feeding off Nikki's emotions, and she shouldn't have survived the Feed...yet, somehow, she did. Cole wants her to become an immortal, like him, and live with him forever but she wants to return to her home. The only thing that she can remember about her life back on Earth (the "Surface") is a boy with brown eyes and brown hair, and Nikki feels compelled to find him.
Nikki returns from the Everneath to find that only six months have gone by. She cannot explain her absence, and everyone thinks that she became addicted to drugs and simply ran away. No one would believe her if she told them where she really was. Because of Nikki's decision not to remain in the Everneath with Cole, she has only six months on the Surface before she has to return to the Tunnels to power the Everneath for eternity. She is determined to make things right and say her goodbyes and not leave without a trace like the last time. Coming back is a selfless act, because she knows that she cannot stay and that she will only have to return to the Everneath. For Nikki, coming back will make it ultimately more difficult on herself because she has to leave again.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I think that what I enjoyed most about this book was that Nikki was so different from the large majority of female YA characters today. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2012 by Avery Greaves
I was expecting yet another retelling of a familiar Greek story when I began reading Everneath; but instead, I was left breathless, stunned by this creative and daring spin on a... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2012 by Brenna
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