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Everneath /

Everneath /
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Ashton, Brodi.
Copies: 7; Reserves: 0

Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to "the Surface" for six months, in a story loosely based on the Persephone myth.
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YA F Ashton Brodi DR Due Aug 7 2014
YA F Ashton Brodi KL In at KL (Kathryn Linnemann)
YA F Ashton Brodi KR Due Aug 8 2014
YA F Ashton Brodi MK In at MK (Middendorf-Kredell)
YA F Ashton Brodi MY In at MY (McClay)
YA F Ashton Brodi SP In at SP (Spencer Road)
YA F Ashton Brodi WH In at WH (Library Express at Winghaven®)


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Control No. 817940
LCCN 2011022892
ISBN 9780062071132 (trade bdg.)
ISBN 0062071130 (trade bdg.)
Author Ashton Brodi
Title Everneath / -- Brodi Ashton.
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York : -- Balzer + Bray, -- 2012.
Physical Description p. -- cm.
Summary Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth.
Subject Supernatural Fiction
Subject Immortality Fiction
Subject Love Fiction
Subject - Local Young adult literature




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Annotation 1 Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to "the Surface" for six months, in a story loosely based on the Persephone myth.

Annotation 2

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s 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 precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is 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 queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

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 reviews (6)


Booklist Reviews 2012 January #1
After a six-month absence, teenager Nikki Beckett has returned home, although no one could possibly understand under what circumstances. She has spent the past 100 years in the Everneath, a world where immortals, called the Everliving, go to replenish their strength by feeding on the energy of humans. Nikki, anchored by the memory of her boyfriend Jack, miraculously survived the feed. Now she has six final months at home to say her good-byes before returning to the Tunnels, a hellish extension of the Everneath. Combining elements of the Persephone myth and the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, the story alternates between the events that led Nikki to agree to the feed and her return. As the only person ever to survive, she is urged by Cole, the Everliving who initially took her away, to seize control of the Everneath (with him, of course). Will she? This first volume of a planned trilogy covers familiar territory (angsty heroine, adoring boyfriend, delicious bad boy) yet offers a promising start. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Nikki, depressed after her mother's death and her boyfriend Jack's apparent betrayal, has allowed herself to be taken to the Everneath (the Underworld) and drained of her life force. Her connection to Jack inspires Nikki, back aboveground, to fight her looming return to the Everneath. This spin on the Persephone myth tends to the melodramatic and obvious, but Nikki's desperation feels authentic.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 November #2
Ashton's debut is a melancholy, modern retelling of Greek underworld myths. Nikki Beckett regains lucidity after a 100-year Feed in the Everneath. Cole, the immortal Everliving who brought her there willingly to feed on her emotions and life, is delighted that she has emerged from the Feed intact and offers her the chance to become an Everliving herself. Instead, Nikki chooses to go back and deliver the goodbyes she neglected when she initially fled the living world, though she cannot tell her loved ones where she has spent the past few months, which seriously hampers the repairing of relationships. Additionally, she has only six months before the Tunnels, the darkest part of the Everneath, claim her as a battery until the underworld drains her out of existence. As readers see her trying to find how to say goodbye, flashbacks reveal why she was in enough emotional pain to agree to go with Cole in the first place. While Cole persistently chases her, wanting her to return as his queen, she resists; choosing Cole means dooming another to her fate. A slightly overextended romantic subplot involving Jack, the boyfriend she left behind, resolves in time for a desperate Hail Mary pass. The intense prose is slow-motion grieving mixed with mythology, awakening hope and redemption--a mix ideal for angst connoisseurs. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2011 November #4

Seventeen-year-old Nikki Beckett has just returned from the mythical underworld known as the Everneath, where her six-month stay felt (to her) like a century. Now her father, the town's mayor, doesn't trust her; her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Jack, is in flux; and everyone else thinks she's a recovering drug addict. She has six months of real life left before she must make a choice: be eternally condemned to the Tunnels, where her life will be drained away, or become one of the immortal Everliving, feeding off of "Forfeits" like herself, who have succumbed to despair (Nikki's pain is the result of her mother's death in a car crash). With her former captor, Cole, pressuring her to choose the latter option, Nikki discovers the awful truths about the Everneath. Jumping frequently between Nikki's time before and after her capture, this dark romance, Ashton's debut, is complex and intriguing. Drawing inspiration from such myths as Osiris, Orpheus, and Persephone, it explores the nature of loss and longing and what it means to be alive. Ages 14–up. Agent: Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.)

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SLJ Reviews 2012 May

Gr 7 Up—Seventeen-year-old Nikki Beckett agreed to go to Everneath, the underworld, because she was looking for relief from the pain of her mother's death and her boyfriend Jack's betrayal. She volunteered to forfeit her emotions to the immortal Cole; in doing so she never has to feel again and he gains another 100 years of life. However, after Cole discovers that Nikki is not like other Forfeits, humans who give up their lives, because she has her memories intact and wants to return to Earth, he believes she could be a queen of the Everneath High Court. Nikki chooses to return to her former life, where she has only six months to say good-bye and salvage her relationships with her family, friends, and Jack, before she will disappear again-this time for good. She knows that if she becomes an immortal and queen of Everneath, she will have to feed off the emotions of others just like Cole did to her. However, if she doesn't follow his plan, she will spend eternity trapped in the Tunnels. Her strange pull toward Cole and her lingering feelings for Jack complicate her decision. Each chapter begins with a notation on when it takes place and shifts from past to present, giving the story tension. The first-person narration is occasionally choppy, but the powerful emotions, moving and painful rebuilding of strained relationships, and star-crossed love story is sure to resonate with teen readers.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA

[Page 94]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

VOYA Reviews 2011 December
For one hundred years, Nikki lay cocooned in the Everneath, in the arms of Cole, an Everliving, who fed on her emotions to stay alive. Now the Feed is over, and Nikki returns to the ruins of her former life. In Nikki's hometown, only six months have passed since her disappearance. Now she must make excuses to her father, her friends, and her boyfriend, Jack, to explain where she has been. She has six months to say goodbye to everyone she loves before the Everneath swallows her up forever, six desperate months to hope and pray that somehow there is a solution other than complete oblivion The author brings a fresh, innovative concept to young adult fiction with well-developed characters and a fantastic plot line. Everlivings feed on emotions. Cole's rock band feeds on its audience's emotional high, collecting eager fans. They can ease pain, loneliness, and grief. They prey on humans in their weakest moments and then destroy their lives forever. After a misunderstanding with Jack, Nikki is sucked into the underworld by Cole's promise of comfort and finds only emptiness instead. And yet it is Jack's love that sustains her through the endless Feed and eventually saves her. Mythology is skillfully interwoven with current culture as Nikki's experience parallels the story of Persephone. This exceptional love story has no happy ending: Jack sacrifices his own life for Nikki to survive. Libraries are advised to buy multiple copies—this one will fly off the shelves.—Nancy Wallace 5Q 5P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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