Expected publication: January 24th 2012 by HarperCollins
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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...
I thought I was going to hate this book. I thought it was just going to be another obnoxious paranormal novel with a love triangle I couldn't stand.
I'm kind of happy about how wrong I was.
Everneath grabbed me and pulled me into Nikki's world, where she only has 6 months before she's taken back to Everneath and into the Tunnels. Although I really loved this book, Everneath is yet another book from HarperCollins that I think needs some fleshing out. I'm still not entirely sure what happens in the Tunnels - I know a person doesn't die, but other than that, I'm fairly unclear. Unclear on everything about the Everneath and what Cole really is, to be honest.
Despite those questions, I still loved Everneath. The beginning is intriguing, and after that, I couldn't stop reading. I was a little annoyed at times, because Everneath goes back and forth between the past and the present in the first half of the book - the past, where Nikki and Jack are first together, and the present, where they're practically strangers. Even if it was annoying, I loved the dynamics and seeing how happy they were together and how their relationship was destroyed before Nikki went to the Everneath.
Their relationship in the present was something I really liked, too. I won't explain why, considering it's a major spoiler, but just know that there is no insta-love. This is not a sappy romance, and this is not your typical love triangle.
Well, okay. There's really no love triangle at all. Not for Nikki. But there is for me. Ashton managed to do something hardly any authors have ever been able to do for me - I've fallen in love with both boys. Jack and Cole are both two amazing, three-dimensional characters that I know I'll never be able to forget.
The plot was probably what really kept me reading, though. Ashton put a spin on typical paranormal things, and I loved it. Though I wish some things had been fleshed out a bit more, the world this book is created in was so easy to get into. I was surprised more than once.
Overall: Everneath made me ache. It made me feel something I haven't felt since I finished Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. There's nothing about this book that I didn't like. (Except the ending, but that's not because it wasn't amazing. It just kind of stomped on my heart T_T) Everneath is a story about how to say goodbye while still making up for the last goodbye you never gave. It's a story about how even when it seems impossible, you can still be saved. Even if you don't want saving. (And by that I mean saving your actual life. It wasn't meant to be a metaphor or anything.) 5 stars.
[And yes, I purposely kept this review fairly short. I knew if I said much more I'd end up giving the entire book away.]