My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Writers talk about voice and style when discussing books. Both are hard to define. After reading Everneath by Brodi Ashton, only one adjective came to mind: Fluid.
SIX MONTHS AGO,
Nikki Beckett vanished into an underworld known as the Everneath.
Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—for another six months before she leaves again. 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.
In all honesty, I probably wouldn’t have plunked money down on this one if I hadn’t spied the blurb from Ally Condie in which the Persephone myth is mentioned. Not because the book itself didn’t sound interesting, but because I’ve been a little overwhelmed with paranormal and death novels recently. My own fault, I blame no one else.
I’m glad I read Everneath. Ashton writes beautifully and the story unfolds as easily as pouring your favorite drink into a glass, fluidly. The characters are well developed and I even found sympathy for the antagonist. It helped that the story takes place firmly in the land of the living. We glimpse the Everneath but for the most part it is a threat that looms over the main character.
This book claims a spot among my favorites this year and I look forward to the sequel; it’s part of a planned trilogy. Brodi Ashton has earned my respect as a writer; this is her debut novel and it is splendid.