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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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Review: The Dark and Hollow Places

The Dark and Hollow Places
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the final book in The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. This one follows the adventures of Annah, sister of Abigail, or Gabry, from book 2, and Catcher, as well as a few others. It one takes places in the Dark City, where the Recruiters reign supreme, and the city is tightly controlled as to who goes out and esp. in. Life is harsh, and death around the corner, if not from the undead, then from other people, desperate for food and supplies, or the Recruiters themselves. Annah has been waiting for Elias, her ersatz boyfriend, for years now after he left to join the recruiters outside the city, but then Catcher comes and tells her what has been going on. She’s not happy with the turn of events, but she is a survivor. Told in the first person, she refers to Gabry as “her sister” and not by name, which I found annoying, and the action is less in this one, and more about feelings, of loss, love, repudiation, and confusion. While sorting through these feelings, Annah must battle the Returned, and the recruiters, who want her as bait for Catcher. And then the unthinkable happens and they all must decide if they want to live or die, and what it is they want to live for. My major complaint with the book is that it started right out, deep in the story, with very little background information coming through, about characters, and events, and the Return. I had to dig deep, with my faulty memory, to recall what happened, even loosely, in the first two books and was not entirely successful. While it could be a stand-alone novel, for those who read them as they came out, and read a lot, they might not recall enough detail to make it as meaningful as it should. Same thing in the current book I’m reading. There is a way to impart previous information, without being too obvious, and this one had only brief references to previous places, people, and events. I’d recommend reading them back to back.

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