Thursday, February 14, 2013

Everneath by: Brodi Ashton

Title: Everneath
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 370
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy sent by Turkish publisher
Series: Everneath #1


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 into 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 then 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 işn 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 for 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 Jck 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.

My thoughts:

What if I told you a poor little girl (well, high school little; not Coraline little) was sent back to our world to say her good-byes? And that she might be queen if she goes back to Everneath? That she doesn't have a choice? Also that there's a love triangle?

Author Brodi Ashton's parents are Greek myth geeks. In her biography, she states that she "grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good conversational opener was, 'so, which mythological character do you most resemble?'" She's now happily married and her books are read by millions, but I imagined how hard her childhood must've been like that, and I felt kinda bad. Then, I decided if it weren't for that, she probably couldn't have written the Everneath series. Therefore, we should thank her parents for these books as well as Ashton herself.

Everneath is a book you'll read in a single breath. I started it going, "I wonder what this is all about?" and before I knew it, it was done, and I was left wanting more. I believe mythology has helped a lot with how it flaws as a story. It draws from Persophone and Hades's myth. Hades sees and instantly thinks Zeus's daughter Persephone is the most beautiful woman in the world, so he kidnaps her and takes her with him to the underground, makes her his queen. Persephone's mother Demeter is devastated about all this, and in the end, Hades comes to an agreement with her: During the year, Persephone will spend some of her time on earth, and some at the underground.

Our heroine Nikki is not Zeus's daughter, obviously, but Cole takes her to Everneath. When she's back on earth, it's 6 months after she's last been there, and it's very hard for her to reconnect with her family and friends. And there's her boyfriend Jack, who never stopped looking for her... Nikki has to go back to Everneath, of course; Cole is trying to take her, Jack's trying to make her stay. I don't wanna spoil anything, so I'll stop here.

I've read retellings of classics like Rebecca and Frankenstein and I've gotten mad at all of them. I was mad because the authors simplified the story way too much. I believe that's thinking your readers are stupid, and there's no way I won't stand against that. Ashton, on the other hand, has blended the myths with a modern, paranormal story very, very well. And I'm sure (I hope, at least) most readers will be curious about Hades and Persephone's story and check out the original.
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