I was pleasantly surprised with Everneath. The cover had been floating around the blogosphere for some time, and I wasn't fully sure what it was aboutI was pleasantly surprised with Everneath. The cover had been floating around the blogosphere for some time, and I wasn't fully sure what it was about or if I wanted to read it. When I received my copy, I figured: Why not? and dove right in.
Everneath plays on so many myths and beliefs it was very easy to fall right into the story. Nikki has given up on the world. Her mother has passed away. Her boyfriend Jack, from what she saw, cheated on her. She was ready to do anything to make the pain and memories go away.
And lucky for her, Cole had the solution. He pulled her away to the Everneath, a place where immortals feed on the souls of living in order to hold onto their immortality. The problem? After she is fed on for a century and wakes up, Nikki still remembers Jack, her family, and the pain. She has to go back, to make things right. Only six months has passed in the real world, and now Nikki only has six more months left before she is gone for good, claimed by the Everneath.
Nikki. I, as the reader, fed off her pain. Though what she was dealing with was nothing entirely huge, it still left that pang of loss in my mind. The fact that she still had to go back, to say the proper goodbyes, tugged at me. She still loved Jack, regardless of what happened. She still loved her family, even the with loss of her mother heavy on all their shoulders. Though she fought against the ties that kept her heart attached to those she loved, she never severed them.
Cole was an awesome bad boy, in a good way. What was great about this book is that even though there was a love triangle aspect, it never dominated the entire story. Nikki knew who she wanted, even when the Everneath declared she was wrong. Cole is bound and determined to keep Nikki by his side and rule the Everneath, but Nikki keeps her focus.
The writing was great. Scenes blip back and forth between the past and present, Nikki's story unfolding as the pull of the Everneath grows stronger and stronger. I loved the back and forth take on the story. Watching the explanations unfold instead of being retold was an awesome treat.
I think the only thing I really did not like about this book was the climax/resolution. I had many many ideas of where the story might go. And where it went (barring spoilers) wasn't what I wanted. I know we as the reader can't pick and choose, but I feel there was much more potential to the end of this book than what we got. It wasn't horrible. Just kind of... yeah. *grumble*
Overall, I really did enjoy the story. I plan on buying it once it is in paper form, and will definitely be looking for the next book in the series. If you are looking for a book that plays on myth, love, and redemption, make sure to check out Everneath.
(I received this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way.) ...more
Wow. If I Stay pulled me in and didn't let me go. The reader discovered the story with the main character Mia, as the bits and pieces were put togetherWow. If I Stay pulled me in and didn't let me go. The reader discovered the story with the main character Mia, as the bits and pieces were put together, memories were remembered, and decisions hid around the corner. I couldn't put it down. I finished this book in a day. I could have finished it in a sitting, if life would just stop getting in the way.
I am not typically a fan of ghost/out of body experience stories. I don't know. Maybe because I read too many bad ones when I was younger. Forman redeemed this for me. In If I Stay, Mia and her family have been in a car accident, but she can't remember it. First she is driving along the Oregon road with her family, next she is standing next to her body, the car torn apart.
As the story unfolds, Mia's memories intermix with her present as she watches the doctors rushing to save her life. Her parents are gone. She has no idea if her brother survived. And now she must decide: Go, or stay?
I will admit it: I cried. More than once. Even typing this now and remembering some of the scenes, I am getting choked up. It felt so real, so innocent. Mia's relationship with her boyfriend was simple and real. Nothing amazing or crazy, but so much like my own past relationships I couldn't help but relate. Her relationship with her family was refreshing: She loved them. There was no teenage angst. No mean or crazy or missing parent. Just a family.
And, might I add, Forman got Oregon just right. I couldn't help but chuckle at the cracks on weather.
At times the writing wasn't the most amazing in the world. Sometimes the memories might have dragged, or slowed. Sometimes I wondered why she was even remembering that piece to begin with. Regardless of all that, I couldn't not love this book. It touched my heart and left an imprint in my memory.
And then I ran to hug my kids, and to tell my husband to drive home safe. I highly recommend this read. Especially to those who love to tear up. ...more