Everneath

Everneath

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Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062071132
Characteristics: 370 pages ;,22 cm.

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zenaida12
Nov 14, 2014

this book is awesome so good I love it
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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 4/17/2012.

This book was awesome. It’s the story of one girl’s fight to survive her fall into the Underworld, Hell, or Everneath as it’s commonly referred to in this novel. When she thinks her boyfriend has cheated on her during football camp the same day her mother’s killer goes free, she finds herself in the arms of Cole, an immortal from Everneath who is willing to take her back to his home, strip her of her horrible feelings and make her his Everliving queen. One hundred years in the Everneath having her feelings sucked out of her, is the equivalent of six months on the Surface. But when those hundred years are over and she has the choice to become a battery to keep the Everneath alive or to become an Everliving and get a chance at being the queen, she chooses instead to Return to the Surface to see her family and her boyfriend again, hoping to change the past.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to get when I picked this book up. Somewhere I read a description that made it sound more like a science fiction novel than fantasy, but it’s actually based on the myth of Persephone. This is a great story of true love and figuring out just how far one is willing to go for another, or for themselves. I highly recommend it!

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Dzeni
Mar 19, 2014

Pretty typical YA book - high school scenes, lack of parental interaction, and love between a girl and her best friend. The world building for Everneath, the place between Hell and Earth where immortal beings live and feed on humans to renew their years, was interesting and the concept is unique. What really lost me was the pacing of the book and what frustrated me was the lack of emotion. Our "heroine" Nikki returns, from being fed on in Everneath, to make amends with her family and friends. However she does NONE of this in the book. She spends little time with her father, brother, or friend Jules. She believes that she has 6 months left with these people that she supposedly cares about but does nothing to rebuild those relationships. On top of that, no side characters really stand out. The pace picks up in the last half of the book and some interesting myths are mentioned and I wish this had been incorporated throughout the book more.

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oboechica88
Dec 05, 2013

Oh boy, here we go. (WARNING THIS MAY BE SLIGHTLY SPOILERY - not for the end but more info than the summary) First of all, Nikki and Jack are apparently childhood friends. We're not shown even a hint of this, we are simply told it. Over. And Over. And Over. And yet Nikki is constantly going on and on about how she isn't good enough for him, and how she can't BELIEVE she snagged the most popular guy in school. I am so tired of heroines with crazy low self esteem! We start the story after Jack and Nikki have already been dating for 3 months and they broke up for some reason and she got sucked into the Everneath. In the Everneath time flows differently, so she's spent 100 years intimately in this little pod with love interest #2 - Cole. It's just been the two of them, and 100 years of Cole sucking out her life force. But in a totally enjoyable way of course, because there's nothing that says euphoria like slowly dying over 100 years. I found the characters completely unbelievable, which more or less ruined this for me. For the full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

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nimaipatel
Jul 21, 2013

One of the greatest books ive read had me hooked on the first sentence
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tuesdayswithlori Jun 10, 2013

This book is a mixture of more than one myth. It has a really cool interpretation of the Egyptian myth and references the Persephone and Orpheus myth. I really liked the characters because they are complicated. My favorite character is Cole because he is not what he seems to be. This ends on a cliffhanger and I am really looking forward to the next book Everbound.

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Jessi_Elliott
Feb 10, 2013

Amazing story..really looking forward to reading the sequel!

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dprodrig
Dec 05, 2012

Really good version of the Persephone myth. Nikki accepts to be taken for 100 years of living beneath in order to fuel her leach. Little do we know, that tradition has been broken and the unheard of has occurred. The food has returned to reconnect with her life before she must surrender it again for one more time.

LeeMinHo07 Jul 16, 2012

Amazing. I honestly could not put it down. Cannot wait for the sequel! :)

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Mahala
Jun 09, 2012

`Everneath' was an emotional rollercoaster. It tackled some hard topics; the loss of loved-ones and our wish to sometimes just have our feelings go away. Overall I'd definitely recommend Ashton's debut novel, that is if you don't mind grabbing a box of tissues and feeling a little sad when it ends. Goodreads promises there will be a sequel thank goodness.

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Zazia2006
Apr 12, 2017

Zazia2006 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

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Feb 10, 2013

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whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

“Who loses hope first? And who never gives up? Because it’s not the supernatural abilities that set mythical characters apart. It’s the decisions the human characters make, in impossible situations, that have us still talking about them centuries later. Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
― Brodi Ashton, Everneath

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Cutie_Panda_99
Aug 04, 2013

Before I could stop him, he grabbed behind my head, pulled me toward him, and kissed me. For a moment, I didn't fight it. For a moment, I let him steal the deepest layers of my pain. Desperation replaced reason in my head. He seemed surprised that I hadn't pulled back, and he briefly opened his eyes, searching my face. I didn't move, and he kissed me again.

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Mahala
Jun 09, 2012

"'I want what Hades and Persephone had, and I can't do it without you. The only time the queen of the Everneath had been overthrown is when and Everliving has found his perfect match. I've spent my whole life--and it's a long one, trust me---looking for my perfect match, and it's you. I knew you were different from the first moment I met you. The first moment you placed your hands in mine.'"

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whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s 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 precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is 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 queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

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Mahala
Jun 09, 2012

Everneath is the story of Nikki "Becks" Beckett, a teenage girl who has been missing for six months, only to mysteriously reappear one day in her hometown -- without explanation. Speculation of Nikki's whereabouts abound, with the general consensus being that she was off somewhere doing drugs. What Nikki hasn't told anyone is that in the six months she was gone, she'd actually spent an entire century in the Everneath, another dimension of sorts, underground, which is dominion to a race of immortals called the Everliving.

In order to stave off their own mortality, the Everlivings need to "feed" on a human's life force every one-hundred of our years. These humans, called Forfeits, don't usually survive the century-long process -- but Nikki did, and that makes her special. Her Everliving host, Cole, wants her to join him and become an Everliving herself, but Nikki refuses because she doesn't want to Feed on humans that way Cole fed on her. However, unless she follows Cole and becomes an immortal, she's doomed to the Tunnels, where she will be a part of what keeps the Everneath running -- until she ceases to exist. She has six months back in her own world, before the Shades will come for her and drag her back to the Tunnels. And all Nikki wants is time to say goodbye

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Mahala
Jun 09, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Can be frightening

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