When I read a book, I want to swept away and absorbed in someone else’s reality. Everneath by Brodi Ashton is the latest form of book crack to do this to me. While Everneath started a bit slowly, I was quickly caught up in Nikki Beckett’s story as she lives out her last six months on earth.
See, Nikki made a stupid, stupid mistake. After her mom dies and her boyfriend Jack goes to football camp, Nikki is feeling emotionally unstable. Enter Cole, mysterious rocker bad boy. Cole, picking up on Nikki’s vulnerability, offers to take her pain away. She accepts and ends up in this place called the Everneath, peopled with beings called the Everliving. Anyways, after 100 years down there, Nikki is allowed to come back to the surface where only a few months have passed, for six months. It is a race against time for Nikki as she tries to find a way to escape her prison sentence.
So, at first I thought Nikki was a wet blanket because her emotions are really dulled (there IS a reason for that BTW). THEN as the story unravels and Nikki starts feeling more, I actually began to root for Nikki. It’s not an easy thing to lose your mom, suspect your ex of having cheated on you, and be fed off for 100 years. So, I kind of gave her a break. And okay I will hate myself for saying this, but I really became captivated when the romance entered the picture in Everneath and Nikki tries to figure out how to stay on Earth past her six month deadline.
Straight up, when it comes to Everneath by Brodi Ashton, I’m team Jack. He’s a nice guy and I go nuts for that. PLUS OHMYGOD the end! But what really got me were the flash back scenes between Nikki and Jack, where he is very kind and sweet and sigh, just WONDERFUL. I think that those girls who are like into the bad ass types will root for Cole, but honestly, I think he only likes Nikki because he wants to feed off her emotions.
In all honesty, I’m surprised at how easily I was sucked into Everneath by Brodi Ashton. It has a love triangle, for chrissakes, but to me it was as addictive as a Kelley Armstrong book. There is solid mythology with AH A SUBTLE TOUCH OF EGYPT. And well, you know how I feel about Egypt (new people, I love Egypt) and sigh-inducing romance. I actually really enjoyed Everneath and recommend it if you go in with no expectations.
Disclosure: Received for review.