Author: Brodi Ashton
Published: January 24th 2012 by Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mythology.
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.Emma's thoughts:
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...
Okay, first of all, I have to say one thing. I DO NOT understand the fascination with Cole! Guys, it's JACK! YOU HAVE TO LOVE JACK! JACK JACK JACK JACK JACK. Got it? Okay, good.
The love triangle really got me thinking about Juliette/Adam/Warner from Shatter Me. It's the same concept really. Cole (Warner) continuously tempts Nikki (Juliette) to join him for the better life. The eternal life as the queen. Jack (Adam) is her salvation. He's the one she keeps in mind, the one she always thinks about, and the one she wants to be with. Admittedly, I really liked Warner's character in Shatter Me, and I do like Cole, but he's the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Mostly, I want to jab him with fire and yell for him to 'LEAVE THEM ALONE.' Yet, at the same time, I looked forward to the scenes he'd randomly pop in and attempt to convince Nikki to be his soul-sucking queen.
You know, usually I go for the bad guys, but Jack was just too sweet to resist! Reading about him just made me want to melt into a pile of warm mush. I cannot explain how much I am in love with him right now..! His love for Nikki is heartbreaking. He loves her so much that it hurts, it physically hurts, and for her to be gone months, for him to lose her, I can't even imagine... My heart shatters for him. I wanted to reach in and take away his pain, hug him and hold him♥
I have to say, for someone who adores Greek mythology, this has got to be one of my favourite stories with a mythology spin. It's not about the usual Olympians. It's not about being heroic and it's not overly tacky with too many references. It focuses mainly on the underworld, Persephone, and Orpheus' tale. It's a brilliant, fresh view on Greek mythology!
The ending will leave you jaw dropping and book throwing.. I'll tell you that much! I'm dying in anticipation here, waiting for the sequel to be released. I really need to find out what happens next...! I cannot wait to continue Nikki's journey and learn more about the world Cole so desperately wants her to be a part of.
I recommend this to: Mythology lovers, YA fantasy readers... EVERYONE.
Rating: 5 stars~ Couldn't put this down!
I was picturing his face - a boy with floppy brown hair and brown eyes - when the Feed ended.
"...I had his face behind my eyelids. And I thought if I could see him, even just for a day, it would be worth a hundred years. One day is all I deserved, and I've had so many already. I've won. I've won!"
"Friends don't eat friends' souls."