Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Author: Brodi Ashton
Rating: 3 stars
Summary: 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...
Review: I thought the concept was awesome. Kind of this cross between the Hades/Persephone and the Orpheus/Eurydice myths. But some things just didn't click for me. Like how Nikki could disappear for a year and when she came back no one made a big deal about it, not even her dad. His daughter was gone for a year, and when she comes back he's just "Oh. You're back." Also, when Nikki told Jack that she left because she thought he had cheated on her, he was all "You didn't let me explain" But he never explained! Spoiler: So, Jack (almost definitely) cheated on Nikki with his ex-girlfriend, yet he was willing to essentially kill himself and throw himself into the Tunnels to save her? Does Not Compute. Why did Nikki want to go back to him for her Return? I would go with Cole and then when Jack died I could be all "You have angered the Queen. Prepare to suffer!" So I'd send him to the Tunnels. But that's just me.