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Everneath by Brodi Ashton
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...
------First off, I'd like to say this book is SO AWESOME!! From the unique twists on Greek myths to the super cool idea of the Everneath to the romance, this book is simply fantastic.
In a moment of hurt, Nikki made the choice to sacrifice everything in the pursuit of relief from her pain. She went down into the Everneath with Cole, to be drained for a century in order to give him life. But neither of them expected her to survive. Neither of them expected her to remember anything of her former life.
But she did. And she was determined to Return to the Surface and find the boy whose face linked her to her former life.
Nikki only has six months on the surface before she'll be forced to return to the Everneath, to serve as a sort of battery for the rest of her existence. I loved that the beginning of every chapter showed exactly how much time Nikki had before she had to leave. It helped mark the passage of time and show exactly what was at stake as Nikki's story progressed. I also loved the flashes between the time before the Feed. They helped show exactly what drove Nikki to make the choice she did.
Really, there was so much to love about this book. All of the characters were real and fun, even the "smaller" ones like Will and Ms. Stone, etc. But really, no characters in this book were small. They all played important parts, and I loved that.
Okay, so, onto the romance. There's kind of a love triangle going on. On one hand, Nikki wishes she could reconnect with Jack, even though she knows she shouldn't, for his sake, and on the other hand is Cole, waiting for the return he thinks is inevitable and apparently harboring some feelings for Nik.
It took me a while to come to a decision as to who Nikki should be with, but by the end I was very thoroughly and completely Team...
[This next bit is kinda spoilery, so please only highlight if you've read Everneath or don't care about spoilers!!]
Jack. I was torn for a bit, but eventually came to the conclusion that Jack was super awesome, loyal, sweet, and hot. He never gave up on Nikki, and never would do anything to hurt her. I noticed that Cole did have genuine feelings for her, but I don't think it was enough to make him worth it, in the end. Not when her and Jack are so PERFECT for each other. And that thing that happened at the end (Yeah, I'm still being cautious in case someone disregarded my instructions and highlighted without reading Everneath. Anyway, you know what I mean if you've read it!)? </3 Yeah, I love Jack.
But yeah, this book rocked. And that ENDING! Not EXACTLY a "cliffhanger," but still a...cliffhanger. It's the sort of ending that makes you freak out and wait desperately for the next book. That's exactly what this endning is! I'm dying here.
Everneath TOTALLY gets <*><*><*><*><*>