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… (from Goodreads.com)
I honestly don’t know what to make of this book. Or rather my feelings towards it. I’d heard so many positive things about it that I picked it up specifically when I needed a guaranteed good read. Sure, it’s an easy read and I got through it in just a couple of days but I was just so underwhelmed by it.
The biggest issues I have with this book is believability. I did not believe Nikki’s reasons for going to the Everneath. I did not believe she spent a hundred years there (six months of our time). And I certainly didn’t believe in the romance that she supposedly couldn’t forget during that time. It was all so insipid and unconvincing.
I really didn’t enjoy Nikki as a character either and couldn’t muster any sympathy for her at all. She’s given six months back in her old life and completely wastes it as far as I could tell. She pretty much completely ignores her family and best friend, who only get brief occasional mentions and seems to spend an amazing amount of time doing homework alone in her room for someone whose time is limited! It wouldn’t be what I’d be doing anyway! Jack, the boyfriend she loves so much is equally as dull. I can’t think of anything much more to say about him.
The only interesting character was the villain, Cole, although I’d have liked to have known a lot more about him and his world. Oh and I was also quite intrigued by minor characters Meredith/Mary and her Mother and would have loved to hear more of their story. I did like the splashes of Greek mythology based around Hades and Persephone. I was prepared to fully hate this book, but felt it redeemed itself towards the end somewhat, surprising me a little and making me a teeny bit curious about what will happen in book two.
I’m not sure if I’ve just reached the end of the road with paranormal YA, but this really was just a ‘meh’ book for me, although I appreciate I’m in the minority there! If you like a lot of angst but not much action then you may like it more than I did.
Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books (UK) February 2012