- Page Count: 370
- Release Date: January 24, 2012
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
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.
This was a pretty original modern Hades/Persephone retelling! I’m not even going to try to summarize the plot, though, because it took the entire book to figure out what exactly was happening. It’s a bit confusing at times with how it jumps between before & after, but the writing is solid so it’s not frustrating or anything.
I don’t know what will happen in the sequels (or if I’ll read them), but I liked how the Persephone figure didn’t fall for the Hades guy for a change. There really isn’t a ton of action in this story, though… it’s more about her processing how she was in the Everneath for 100 years and has to leave her boyfriend Jack in 6 months to return (because she has a Shade in her and her choice is to either feed on everyone or be fed on).
I took a star off because I’m really not that into YA paranormal books anymore and this felt too close to that. But if that’s your thing, I’d totally recommend it!