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Everneath by Brodi Ashton
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Apr 15, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: badass-heroines, cover-love, angels-and-demons, sob-fest
Read from April 08 to 13, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Nikki Bennett has just spent a hundred years as a Forfeit in the Everneath, feeding her emotions and memories to Cole. She survives due to never letting go of one image, her boyfriend Jack's face, and she's able to return to the surface for six months before the Tunnels will come for her. Or she could choose to go with Cole and rule the Everneath as its queen. But Nikki has no interest in feeding off humans and participating in the feed. She just wants to find a way to fix the mess she left behind when she left, and hopefully find a way to stay instead of returning to the Everneath.
The action in the book doesn't pick up until after the halfway mark. There's a lot of built up and because of that, it was too easy to set the book aside and do something else for a bit before coming back to it. But once the action does pick up, the pages fly by and suddenly the book's finished. Nikki's a strong character who doesn't blame anyone else for her decision to go with Cole to the Everneath. She takes the responsibility and the consequences for her actions and does her best to set things right with the people she's hurt. She's not ready to just give up and be a victim, no matter how dire her situation gets, and she doesn't try to make excuses for her addiction to Cole's ability to take away her pain. She knows it's wrong when she asks and when he does it.
Jack's devotion to Nikki is sweet and heartwarming. He could have given up on her a lot of times during the book but even when he says he's done, he can't stay away because he loves her. That love comes into play in a huge way at the end of the book.
Cole's hard to figure out. He's not clearly a bad guy. He does seem to care about Nikki and what happens to her, but he's extremely guarded and that makes it hard to trust him. He's a master manipulator so even when his actions seem sincere, it's hard to forget that he could be lying.
It's a good start to what should be a really good series. Looking forward to the next book.
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