Series: Everneath #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 24th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Romance
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...
“Remembering is easy. It’s forgetting that’s hard.”
Nikki wants to forget. She wants to forget that the man responsible for her mothers death has been set free. She wants to forget about the girl she saw walking out of her boyfriends dorm room. She just wants to forget and to stop hurting. And Cole is the answer to her problems because he’s an Everliving. She stays with Cole in the Everneath as his Forfeit. He Fed on her energy for 100 years before she was empty and he was fully satisfied, but she didn’t die. She was able to Return to the living and her life and say the final goodbyes she wasn’t able to say the first time before she has to return to the Everneath for good.
I must say I was completely intrigued by the mythology aspects of this book and was the big reason I finally read this (well that and I ended up with an ARC of Everbound). But there was quite a difference between this and the original Hades and Persephone myth. There were also bits of Egyptian hieroglyphics/mythology that were thrown in which didn’t appear to have much connection to the original story and didn’t make much sense period. But I found the storyline to be strikingly similar to the Matrix. Weird statement, I know, but hear me out.
“After the Feed, the Forfeits are used to power the Everneath. They supply thew hole place with energy. Cole calls it a battery. One little cog in a giant generator.”
Human beings are harvested for their heat and small amount of electricity they produce which is then used to power the Matrix. With the Everneath, it seems as if emotions are harvested for energy but both concepts struck me as eerily similar. Especially since ultimately humans are being used as a power source.
The beginning of the story had a bit of a rough start. The Everneath and the entire Feeding process was poorly explained and left a lot of questions. But my big issue was the fact that Nikki reappears after being gone for 6 months (even though 100 years passed in the Everneath) but everyone brushes it off as her having simply ran away. From what knowledge we’re given about her character she was a good kid that didn’t act out or get into a lot of trouble but everyone is under the assumption that she had ran off and ended up going into rehab. And her father didn’t appear shocked at all and there was no reference to him even looking for her. Considering her father is the Mayor I would have expected there would’ve been a bit more attention given to her disappearance.
Nikki’s whole reason for returning was to give her loved ones a proper goodbye but once she does she barely talks to anyone and acts like she wants nothing to do with Jack especially. She only had a certain amount of time before she had to return and she was wasting it. It really made me wonder why she went back at all. That whole bit didn’t make a lot of sense to me.
Again, her whole reason for Returning was to say goodbye. She didn’t have any flicker of hope that she would be able to remain on earth, but as soon as she did she began to frantically come up with a plan. She decided to involve Jack on everything she had been through and his complete acceptance of everything including the bits about Cole feeding off her for 100 years was so completely unrealistic it was ridiculous. To use another Matrix reference, even Neo lost his shit and puked all over the place when he found the gruesome truth and he was a straight badass.
I must say though, despite the major issues I may have had with this novel, for some reason it still ended up being a super entertaining read. There wasn’t any instalove or even very much of a love triangle, although there are two male love interests. I have a feeling though that there’s more potential for a love triangle developing in future installments. The super fantastic ending wasn’t that super fantastic, however, it did manage to tug at my heart strings a bit. I’ll still be continuing this series despite my low rating because I feel that it still holds some potential. *fingers crossed*