by Brodi Ashton
Source: Gift from my mom
Available as of January 24, 2012
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.
Upon reading the summary I was enticed and I had an idea of how it would end. I was completely wrong. When I began reading, I was sucked into a world of mythology and the unknown. Brodi Ashton caught my attention from page one and kept it to the very last word. I put off sleep and homework just to finish this book.
In the beginning we are introduced to Nikki and Cole coming out of their cocoon after the Feed. Cole is shocked to see she is still seventeen and has survived. But the biggest shock comes when she says she is leaving, going home. A Shade attacks her and she wakes up in a convenience store with only one thought, "Jack."
Nikki is unlike many seventeen year old girls. She is empty of all emotion and she only has six months until she is taken back to the Everneath. She has spent one hundred years with Cole while he sucked the life force out of her and he wants her to come back to Everneath so they can become royalty, but she came back to the Surface to see Jack and say a proper goodbye. She pictured him, holding on to his image, for one hundred years and she wants to see him again. Cole is popping in and out of her life trying to convince her to go back. He says all she will do in the end is hurt Jack more, but she doesn't believe him. Jack is the quarterback on the football team who fell apart when his girlfriend left with no explanation and just wants her to talk to him again.
Brodi Ashton did a wonderful job switching between past and present to show the reader the kinds of relationships Nikki had before the Feed and how her leaving affected those bonds. I find this to be an integral part of the story. To have information revealed slowly affected how I felt towards each of the characters individually. In the beginning, I liked Cole more and didn't see what Nikki found in Jack but at the story progressed, I found Cole to be manipulative and Jack to be a sweetheart.
Overall, this book was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone looking to read a book packed full of mythology and romance. I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.