Author: Brodi Ashton
Date Published: January 24th, 2012 by Harper Collins. B+B
Rating: 5 stars
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 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.
DeLibrarie (Del) Review:
Where to start...
This book has it all! BUT... my favorite thing about it is Ashton's characterization. I felt like I was Nikki, I felt what she was feeling. I felt her heartache and her pain. But it was Jack who ultimately stole MY heart. It's so often that authors make the male love interest a supernatural creature because it's easy to explain why he is so amazing... but Jack is a regular guy, a football quarterback... All- American Mr. high school. Basically, Jack's the guy that every girl in the school wishes they had... but he ONLY has eyes for Nikki. He's this perfect boyfriend who never gives up on trying to find Nikki, and when she does come back... he waits for her to warm up to him at her pace. Jack is perfect.... no like really perfect because he's human... so he's very capable of not being perfect... but still is. :) I might have a little crush.
I also love how many authors are modernizing mythology. I love the Persephone myth... so I was excited to see that this was a modern day re-telling of the story. I was ecstatic when the Orpheus and Eurydice myth was brought up... it's my favorite. Ashton blends the two stories together sooo perfectly. I could not put this book down... seriously I sat and read it all through class. (i didn't feel too bad considering it was a Mythology class ;) ) I am very impatiently waiting for the next one!!