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Everneath by Brodi Ashton
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Everneath is a book that managed to do something very few ever do.. it managed it sneak up on me. What on earth do you mean Amanda? Put it this way, I definitely, at one point in time, was not feeling this novel for a number of reason I'll delve into soon, but somewhere along the line, somewhere I actually cannot pinpoint, something changed and the issues I had started with fizzled away to a point. This book snuck on me, managed to revel in this change of circumstances and left me wary of whether to continue..

You see, the first, I'd like to say half, of this novel didn't impress me very much at all. I wasn't taken or connected to the main character Nikki, I didn't appreciate what it was she was going through and I couldn't understand the reasons behind a number of her actions. Her relationship with both Cole and Jack was also something I could not begin to understand, leaving the only thing that could have rescued Everneath being it's plot and it's mythology links, yet even they didn't appear until much later into the novel. It was like reading a novel with no substance, no reason and no enjoyment and I remember passionately wondering whether I had made a fatal mistake in believing this novel would suit me. However, somewhere during my reading, something happened, I cannot place where, or how, or what it was, but I found myself connected, but to the characters, their emotions and to the mythology aspects, which happily surprised me.

What this novel did succeed at was deepening my love for mythology, which I really wasn't sure could get any deeper. The stories of Hades and Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice are extremely rare in the fiction, let alone young adult fiction and very few people can accomplish mixing one myth with every day life, let alone two so seamlessly, but Ashton managed this superbly and I was extremely impressed. The little details concerning characters and their counterparts, right down the time Nikki spent below and above ground, they were really well done and I don't think I can fault those areas of Everneath, yet while the actual mythology aspects where great, the plot itself was not for a while. It felt a little, pointless and as though there was something they really could have been doing better, but this did, eventually, improve too.

The biggest issue I had with this novel was that the only character I really connected to on a good experiencing level was Jack and this really affected how I felt about the whole story. Nikki was not an easy character to connect to; she was withdrawn, even in her own perspective, there was little that could keep her happy, and while I enjoyed and appreciated her development, the fact that even by the end I was missing some important bonding with her was disappointing. Cole also was a difficult character to connect to, yet I found I had more of a related feeling to Cole than I did Nikki by the time I'd finished, and to have developed better bondings to the two romantic interests rather than the main character, to me, is a serious issue, and is the main feature that holds this novel back for me. Yet Jack, I really fell in love his character; I thought his connection to Nikki was realistic and honest, his emotions were true, he stood by her through all the crazy and I thought his personality as a loyal friend at least, was really wonderful to watch. I cannot say that he isn't a tad clingy and protective when he needn't be, but he was definitely the highlight of this novel for sure.

With a slow and slightly dry feeling plot, Everneath lacked in a number of areas for me, the biggest being Nikki, yet I found the love triangle to actually be enjoyable, I found the love interests to each have honest and genuine feelings for Nikki and thought that this made the connection to both of them much stronger. The mythological aspects were absolutely fantastic and I'm intrigued to see where Ashton would take this series next, if it wasn't for my fear of not relating to Nikki whatsoever. What was fantastic in this was exactly that, I was crying at some of those final scenes, I ended up that invested, but can final page emotions really be the push, or will I forever not know whether to give Nikki another chance? I think my relationship with Everneath is on a rocky bridge, and who knows, maybe I'll take the dive.

3.5 stars.
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January 30, 2013 – Shelved
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October 7, 2014 – Finished Reading

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