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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..

A Story that was so beautifully dark and twisted, I couldn’t put it down !
Everneath: Forever Underneath
Mythology is one of those things that I have always wanted to study, but when it finally comes down to it, I set it aside. Don’t me wrong I love mythology, however much of the time when it’s in it’s original form, it’s a little overwhelming. Which is why I LOVE it when Authors like Brodie Ashton weave it so wonderfully into new stories that I can follow and connect with !

The characters : 

Nikki : She had a moment of weakness, you know the kind. Where you just want to give up and be done. Only in Nikki’s case, she gets her wish in the form of Cole : An everliving who is using her as well.. emotional food I guess you could call it. She has a chance to go home for a short time and she jumps at it. Wanting to repent, to make up for simply disappearing. To try and make the fact that she will be taken back to everneath soon, for good. 
Nikki was a character who I both loved and hated, I know I say that alot but it’s true! She makes some decisions that make you think ” ummm.. no. just. no. why?!” But then again, she was stuck in the Everneath for the last 100 years, we can’t expect her to be totally ok. But I also loved her character and how she fought for every last minute of life she had left to live. 
Cole: Oh cole… * I say seething with rage* How I disliked him! But in the -he was a well written evil character- kinda way 🙂 Cole took advantage of Nikki and her pain, using her in ” the feed ” 100 years of being fueled by a human in the everneath. Then when she escapes back to earth, he tries to convince her to go back with him! And he is just sneaky enough to get Nikki thinking. 
Cole is very dimensional,  possibly in a – I’m a raving lunatic- kinda way. But still. There are moments when you feel for him and think that he isn’t completely dark inside. 
Jack: * pause for swooning break* Yes he is one of those. He is impossible not to love. Nikki up and leaves, no goodbye, no reason. Then she shows back up months later, amidst rumors of her leaving for a drug addiction, and whatever else high school kids can think up. And Still he cares and worries for her. Sure it takes a little while for the trust to build to really see these two in their prime, but it’s worth it. 

Jack is a man who will fight for what he wants, and he wants Nikki still in his life. 

A book filled with thrills, romance, mythology and action. 

Now you may wonder why I only rated this book 4/5 when it’s obvious I loved it… It was a bit complicated to follow at times. One moment you are reading a chapter set in their present day, next moment we are back months later learning how Nikki took her steps toward the Everneath. While it was wonderful to get the back story, and interesting to see how it all connected, at times it was overwhelming and hard to follow. I felt there were parts that were unneeded and almost took away from the story. 

Now file that away in the back of your mind. 
I highly recommend this book! Brodie Ashton is a debut author who can seriously hold her own. This story will drag you in and refuse to let go until the last page, then there is the kicker… there is a sequel! Which I am so thankful for. The ending of Everneath is one that will leave you breathless and needing more. 

Don’t miss out !


I just had to share the gorgeous German edition of Everneath! While I love the original, girls in pretty dresses are getting tired for me. And the way the German cover plays on the story of Hades and Persephone is brilliant! – The Pomegranate is the fruit that Persephone ate while in the underworld, tying her there for part of every year. 

Rating: 4/5

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24 responses »

  1. I love it when authors can weave mythology is and make it fun and interesting too! Great review!! I need to read this one…I hate staring at books on my shelf and not having time to read them all!!!

  2. @ Melissa : It happens to all of us! believe me, there are books on my TBR that have been there for YEARS ( * Eye's percy jackson series ) Hope you pick it up soon! thanks for commenting !

  3. Darn you, Michelle! lol Another book I HAVE to read! I'm going to read this one after I post my next review. I've always loved mythology (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse. You name it, I love it), and this book sounds very interesting.

  4. Jacki- So glad I got you interested! Be sure to come back and share your thoughts 🙂 You should also check out Radiant Darkness a great retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone !

  5. I keep hearing great things about this book. Thanks for the german cover I think I like it better!

  6. So glad someone else likes it as well! I Just love how it ties in with the idea behind the story! hope you check it out and come back and share your thoughts!

  7. I absolutely love mythology. Especially Greek mythology! Totally fell in love with after I read the Percy Jackson series so when I heard about Everneath I just knew I had to pick it up. Of course, I freakin' loved it because I'm such a sucker for books based on mythology. It's so awesome to read your review and kno you loved the twist Brodi put into Everneath. I never really saw Cole as an evil character, maybe misunderstood? LOL! I have no clue, but Brodi sure made him into a character that I couldn't help but love. However, I'm Jack all the way in this one ❤ Loved you review so much! Thanks for sharing and sorry for this insanely long comment! Happy Reading! I'll be waiting for Book 2 with you!

  8. Did my " i'm a raving lunatic" comment not come off as misunderstood? >.< oops haha. Maybe i'm alone, but even with his softer side, I could never like cole! too sneaky and conniving lol. seriously love your long comment! Shows you loved the book! And book two * taps foot impatiently * get here sooner!

  9. I am from Greece and I grew up with mythology. Many times I have been disappointed with books which based on our history. I guess that Everneath is based on the myths of Persephone and Hades. The story sounds very interesting and your review is great!

  10. PRETTY COVER!! Mesmerizing! Sorry, I always tend to look at the cover first. E-pic review!! 😀 m . . .sorry, my sis loves typing the letter m 🙂

  11. I loved this book! And I get to meet the author on Saturday! 🙂

  12. As a woman who is studying Greek Mythology as a University Major, I am thoroughly excited for this book.

  13. I love mythology too!And I really dont like complicated books, I read for the pure fun of it, but maybe I'll pick this up. 4/5 is pretty awesome. And I'm so happy to hear that its a good love triangle, not a sad Puck/Ash, Jacob/Edward, Peeta/Gale one.

  14. I like both covers. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the great review.

  15. I actually liked the back and forth in the story. I'm not a fan of Cole, but he wasn't annoying like some third wheels.

  16. Hmmm, the mythology sounds pretty cool, but other than that I'm not super excited about this book–which I is why I really appreciate your reviews: they give me an inside look without taking my time away from other books I love.

  17. I love the cover to this book. Just got it from the library. It sounds interesting. I've seen some people love it and some not so much. Hopefully i'll like it.

  18. The cover!! *drool* I really love the review! The german cover looks amazing as well!

  19. I'm not a big fan of mythology but I love authors who can make it interesting! *eyes Rick Riordan* the cover seems mysterious to me and I think it really fits!

  20. I just finished this book today, and I couldn't put it down either! It's so good! Loved reading your review!

  21. I had no clue there was a love triangle in this… thanks for informing me XD

  22. It sounds really good, I love mythology based YA books. They are either hit and miss with me, but I always love trying new ones. Thanks for the warning about the time skips too. 🙂

  23. Another swooner?! How on earth will we all keep track of them! :DI love that this is another take on mythology. I've been very into that lately, so I love that I've got plenty of choices. I need to get going on Everneath. It's sitting on my shelf making puppy dog eyes at me!

  24. just reading the sentence with you describing the book as "beautifully dark and twisted" was enough to make me want to read it! i haven't heard that much about everneath, and from the cover, i had no idea this is a book dealing with mythology. it's been a while since i've read anything having to do with mythology and now i've got one. thanks for your awesome, descriptive review!


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