Pages: 384 pp.
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Publication: January 24, 2012
Age: Young Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5Netgalley
Synopsis: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 best friend, 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 even exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious few months forgetting the Everneath completely 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 to the mortal world. Cole wants to take over the Everneath’s throne 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 all of her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: finding a way to cheat fate and remain on the surface with Jack, or returning to the Everneath and becoming Cole’s queen.
I absolutely loved this book, mostly because mythology was one of my favorites subjects in school. The characters were well rounded and memorable. The relationship between Jack and Nikki was so sweet, though the other guy Cole....super creepy! It was interesting how the author blended old mythology and updated it with a new twist. This story was about loss true but it was also about love and how that love can transcend through time and space. That same love allowed Nikki to choose to leave the Everneath and keep her from forgetting about her loved ones on the surface. That love also causes creepy Cole to pursue her even more. I thought the plot was steady and am wondering if Nikki will be able to escape the Everneath's hold on her. Overall, this was a great read and look forward to the next in the series.
Favorite Quote: " Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with."
Cover Review: Don't you just LOVE IT!!! Beautiful and visually appealing.