Review: Everneath

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a modern retelling of the Persephone myth, where Persephone is sentenced to live with Hades in the underground for six months of every year, and when she returns, spring comes. Orpheus and Eurydice are another Greek version. In this one, Nikki is unhappy – her mom died, her father, the mayor of a resort town in Utah, is distant, and she has just found out that the love of her life, her best friend and now boyfriend, Jack, may be cheating on her. Distraught and full of pain, she goes to Cole, a drummer in a band who has been hanging around town, and once before, when she was in physical pain, physical, he managed to draw it away. The book starts out in the underground after 100 years of her emotions being fed upon by Cole, but not knowing the passage of time, and forgetting all but the face of Jack, come to an end. She can chose to stay with him, and become an Everliving herself, or return to the surface for six moths to say goodbye (only six months have passed on the surface, while a 100 years have in Everneath). But if she returns, she will not go back to Cole, but to the Tunnels, where she will be buried in soil, and serve as a “battery,” letting the high court draw on her emotions as food and sustenance. Every 100 years, an Everliving needs to find a new person to feed on. But Cole finds that she is what he calls “the one,” and follows her to the surface, determined to put a wrench in her plans to try and make amends for her abrupt departure the previous time, and rekindlke her feelings for Jack. Cole keeps getting in the way, trying to persuade her to come back with him, where she will, along with his band, rule with him in the Everneath. She is special. But she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her Return, and the myths surrounding it, so that perhaps she can stay. The books ends on a cliffhanger, so you know there will be at least another. While the dialogue, characters, and writing is trite and follows the teen version of angst and secrets, refusing to tell anyone why yo are feeling as you do, the originality of using the Persephone myth, and her interpretation of it bumped it up from 3 to 4 stars.

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