Thursday, 17 November 2011
Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Publication date: 24th Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5
I got a really good feeling about this book just a few chapters in, I just knew I was going to really love it and I was right. Everneath was imaginative, tense, romantic and unputdownable it's a seriously amazing debut novel and well worth a 5 out of 5 rating.
Seventeen year old Becks wakes up in the underworld known as the Everneath and finds she has been a willing human sacrifice for the immortal (and bad boy) Cole who feeds off human emotions in the 100 year feed. It's the memory of her ex-boyfriend Jack that wills Becks back to the surface where only 6 months have passed. Becks wants to see her boyfriend and remaining family before she is dragged back in 6 months to the tunnels in the Everneath.
Everneath cleverly weaves the story of the 6 month countdown of Beck's remaining time on the surface with flashbacks of the events that led to Becks making the decision to willingly become Cole's human sacrifice. Both stories literally had me at the edge of my seat as the tension seems to build equally from both stories.
I started off very much on "team Cole" he's dark, dangerous and a big bit irresistible. Cole's like a drug to Becks, as an immortal he can literally take away the pain a person is feeling which is exactly what Becks wants at that point in her life as she battles real feelings of sorrow and desperation. But like any drug Cole sucks the life out of a person until they are a shadow of their former self. As the story unfolded I found myself moving to the "team Jack" camp, he never gave up on Becks in the six month period and its his love for her that wills Becks to continue to fight and survive. It was completely break your heart fantastic.
Everneath really sucked me in, for me it was a story about forgiveness and the power of love and the romantic in me loved it to bits. I was kept guessing right to the end- and what an ending!! I'm really looking forward to what the next installment will bring. Amazing debut.
Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read Everneath before it's publication on the 24th of January 2012.