I devoured Everneath by Brodi Ashton like book crack, y’all. Seriously – one sitting. I do have some issues with the characterization, but overall I did obviously enjoy this one. I am really interested to see what happens next – so I will most likely be picking up the sequel.
At the start of Everneath, Nikki Beckett wakes up and realizes that she has spent 100 years having her emotions leeched away by an Everliving – a mythological human-like immortal dude. Except, 100 years in the weird Underworld is only six months on Earth. Nikki manages (well, accidentally) to bargain herself into six months back in her old life. Which means trying to figure things out with her boyfriend Jack.
The kicker to all this? Nikki wasn’t supposed to make it through the Feeding process intact. Now Cole, the Everliving, wants to use Nikki as a bid to rule the Underworld. If Nikki chooses not to accept Cole’s offer, she will be taken by the evil Shades.
You guys – seriously. I got into the plot of Everneath in a big way. Brodi Ashton knows how to reel her readers in! I put off reading this for a long time because I wanted to avoid yet another love triangle. Well, silly me: no love triangle. There are two guys – Cole the Everliving and Jack the human boyfriend. Luckily, Nikki pretty much knows who she wants to be with. Huge sigh of relief.
Okay so, picture me sitting in my awesome (old as the hills) blue reading chair devouring this book like a crazy person. Then all of a sudden I snap out of my haze and think “Doh! What am I doing?” I was so involved in the story that I almost forgot to notice that Nikki is being a total guyaholic wuss. There was never a time when she felt able to stand on her own – if Jack wasn’t around to lean on, she’d run directly to Cole (and vice versa). Big red flag there. This was the only issue I had with Everneath, but it is a big one.
Nikki! News flash: teenage boys are not all that! Seriously. Do something on your own. Make a decision by yourself in the sequel. Please.
So, despite my annoyance with Nikki, I still liked Everneath. Definitely a book worth reading if you’re a paranormal YA fan!
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