EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

2012 is going to be full of amazing books if January is any indication.  Another January release to keep your eye out for is EVERNEATH.  Lucky for you, this book has a striking cover that is sure to catch your eye as you walk through your local bookstore.

And the pages in between are just as delicious and perfectly wrought.  Here's the summary from Amazon:

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. 

This book is beautifully written, in smooth, effortless prose that draws you in and keeps you turning the pages.  Nikki's story is told in a dual narrative of sorts- Nikki before and Nikki after.  It's fascinating to see Nikki's evolution- into and out of despair- side by side.

The novel is based loosely on the myth of Persephone, but with a modern twist.  I would add to the publisher's description of a book of "love, loss and immortality."  It's all those things, but its also a book about forgiveness, sacrifice and never letting go. 

Everneath is part of a planned trilogy, but the first book stands on its own quite nicely, resolving the central conflict and nearly all the questions posed in this installment.  The few threads that are left open are tantalizing enough to have me counting down the days to 2013.  More Cole please!


I love the idea that the "dual" perspectives in this book are the same person - just before and after a certain event. Sounds very interesting.

Also, that dress on the cover is beyond fabulous. Love how it wisps away into smoke . . .

I follow Brodi's blog. She really is the number 1 crazy. Hilarious and wonderful as a person so Everneath is sure to be a hit.

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