**spoiler alert** Warning: this review is mostly negative. I would probably list more of the books positives, but since I just finished and am still s**spoiler alert** Warning: this review is mostly negative. I would probably list more of the books positives, but since I just finished and am still shocked, stunned, and appalled by the ending, I will not. In other words, I won't be praising the book for a while ;) RANT: I was so excited to read Everneath when I heard it was based on the classic Persephone myth. In reality, it was just about a girl who chose to leave her friends and family because she thought she had nothing left to live for. Then she's trapped with this creepy musician (Orpheus?) for a century, and returns back to properly say goodbye to everyone she loves (and selfishly abandoned) before the Tunnels (DON DON DON) come after her. The issue? Once she gets back, she pushes all of them away. So much for that. That's pretty much the entire book: "I shouldn't have come back. I'm hurting them." or :"I need to spend as much time with them as possible before it's too late!" Honestly. We don't get some action until the very end, so basically 300 pages of the story is just Becks's conflicting thoughts with Jack (insert dramatic swoon here) who is obviously too good for her and has never fully recovered from her disappearance. It turns out that its actually Jack who finds all the information about the Everneath, relocates Mary, and teaches Becks that she really does have something to live for. Awwww.
Character list: Becks is a pathetic, wimpy character who does nothing but despair and feel sorry/angry at herself. She doesn't even start living her life and actually redeeming herself until the end, where she's in a race against time to find a loophole that could save her from the Tunnels. Had she done this at the beginning, it would have been so much more interesting. Instead, she wastes about five months feeling sorry for herself and hating Cole, who brought her to the Everneath in the first place (Was it Cole who made that decision? Or was it Becks's fault? Hmmmm.) Jack is the too-good-to-be-true-but-always-there boyfriend who never gives up on Becks, despite the fact that she makes his life miserable and pretends he doesn't exist for about four months. Once he learns about her fate, he does everything he can to stop it. He even travels to Idaho to find Mary, who possibly held the key to Becks's redemption. Meanwhile, Becks is at home (wait for it!) feeling sorry for herself. Again. Cole is this creepy musician guy (Orpheus???) who never seems to stop stalking Becks and feeds off the emotions of others. Towards the end we start to see his kinder side (comforting Becks practically every day, right before he sucks away her emotions...) and seems to have feelings for Becks. But can he possibly love without a heart?!! Is there really a flicker of good in the inner depths of his dark soul?!?! STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF EVERBORING-erm, I mean Everneath. Sigh. Overall: The author only briefly mentions the Persephone myth, which, by the way, is nothing like Becks. Persephone doesn't choose to leave her family. Becks does. Persephone doesn't ignore Demeter, her determined mother who never gives up on her. Becks, on the other hand, gives up on Jack, who, like Demeter, never stopped loving her. Only he wasn't fueled by motherly affection like the goddess of agriculture.
To be fair, the book was unique and the Egyptian mythology portion was interesting (how did we get from Greek to Egyptian mythology anyway? Shouldn't the bracelet have been written in Greek?), but the overall plot was slow, the protagonist hopeless and unlikable. She needed a hero to come and save her because she couldn't save herself...which teaches us what exactly? Come on! Weak female protagonist. That's probably the major problem I have with this book. Becks literally wallows in her self-induced exile for about 200 pages. Not to mention that she's too concerned about her annoying, conflicting thoughts about Jack to care about her actual FAMILY and best friend, Jules, who was always there for her. Okay, okay. Maybe I'm not giving it enough credit. The writing wasn't bad, the character development was there, and there was a climax (however brief and fleeting it may have been). But because of my concern for Jack (HE SACRIFICED HIMSELF?!!? AHHH!!!) I will have to read the next book. Hopefully Becks will redeem herself , save Jack, and prove that she's not pathetic and powerless as I originally assumed. And there will be some more action and less "Oh woe is me!", self pity, and self loathing on her part. The book really wasn't that bad, which is why I grant it three stars, recommended for those who like mythology and don't mind a confusing love triangle. (:(:(:mythomagic:):):)...more
2.5 rating. I have to say I'm disappointed. I heard this was good, but really, it wasn't. The plot was slow, but the overall story was unique. And I s2.5 rating. I have to say I'm disappointed. I heard this was good, but really, it wasn't. The plot was slow, but the overall story was unique. And I sorta liked Dossam. Other than that, I just found it somewhat random and cliche. The dialogue didn't make sense at some parts either, and the ending was way too abrupt. ...more