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…
2.5 Stars (I’ll round up, though)
It’s been a little while since I read this, so I may have forgotten some things.
First thing, the picture is gorgeous. I want that dress! Just the fact that it’s a retelling of the Hades/Persephone and the Orpheus myths gives it points. I thought the plot was interesting, although it bordered on melodramatic at times. (Although if you’re about to be sucked back into the underworld, I suppose you have an excuse to be a little melodramatic.) Nikki was, for the most part, a sympathetic character. Just the fact that she was struggling against going off with the “bad boy” gave her points in my book. And her draw towards Cole was given in terms of an addiction she was struggling against but sometimes succumbed to since his feeding off of her emotions took some of her pain and sorrow away temporarily.
All the drama between Nikki and Jack and Cole was a little painful to read sometimes… and the writing went into the sappy quite a bit. The ending was pretty obvious (I thought) which made it a little anti-climactic for me. Also, I thought the knitting thing was a little strange.
In all, my impression was “Interesting idea, could have been better.”