Blurb from Goodreads
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned-to her old life, her family, her boyfriend-before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance-and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.
ebook, 240 pages
Published: January 24th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
edition language: English
genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
I’ve been hesitated reading this book for two years because 1) it has mix reviews. I often avoid book with mix reviews. I just feel like I don’t have enough recommendation that this book is worth enough to read. And book with hype sometimes “freak me out” because I often being in the minority and don’t get what the fuss about. 2) My last Greek mythology series, specifically retelling of Hades and Persephone was an epic fail. Coincidentally it also has mix reviews and hype among readers. So when my dear friend, Sarah recommended it to me and at the same time most of my friends reading the last book of the series, I was curious. That’s when I decided to give up ignoring it. So here is my thought about it.The characters
Nikki is the main character and the narrator of this story. I think she’s a brave girl, in a way. I really liked when she stand up against Lacey and her friend when she heard they were talking about her. She isn’t a popular girl in her high school. Although there isn’t anything that mention that she’s a nerd/geek, I think there’s a bit geekiness in her which makes me liked her even more. Regarding with herself and her relationship with Jack, she’s kind of moody, impulsive and wishy-washy. There were a couple of times when she acted instantly without thinking of the consequences which made her regret it later.Cole is an Everliving. A former human who belongs to Everneath and needs to Feed from human soul for the rest of his immortal life. He’s a guitarist from a popular rock band. He’s the one who made Nikki gave up her life in order to erase her pain. They are get attach to each other because of it. He can be persuasive, sweet and evil at the same time. I really liked him, especially in the beginning of the story and feel sad for him for most of the time. I think I liked him more than I liked Jack because he’s more complex and complicated among other characters.
Jack is the good, kind and sweet character in this story. In some part he’s too good to be true and kind of bored me, especially when he talks all the sweet talk to Nikki, about how he couldn’t live without her, missed her like crazy and whatnot. But at the same time, I liked that he’s persistent and never give up on his relationship with Nikki.
As a retelling of Hades and Persephone, I’m happy that it’s much better than The Goddess Test series. I can
I can say that I liked and enjoyed reading it much more than when I read Henry and Kate story. It can make my mind keep wandering and questioning the story, signs that I’m into it, while Henry and Kate made me cringed and got headache most of the time. The more I read it I can see that it isn’t just about Hades and Persephone but also about Orpheus and Eurydice. I really like the idea to combine 2 stories in one perspective. I think it makes this story quite different and unique from other retelling. Well… at least for me since I never read something like this before.I liked that the story is divided into two parts, Nikki’s time before and after being a Forfeit. The way she tells her story is what I liked the most. She’s always counting down the moment before she becomes a Forfeit and when she has to go back to Everneath. In the end, the end of one life means the beginning of Nikki’s other life.
However first part of the story, especially when she still has months in the Surface, goes too slow. She only has 6 months on the Surface to do what she has to do, her reasons to choose to Return but most of the time she’s moping around and do nothing. Doesn’t even try to pay more attention to Mary which is kind of obvious there is more to her than what it seems. She only starts doing something when Jack begins talk to her again. It feels like she couldn’t do that without him. Even at that time she still holds important things from him a couple of time which is kind of annoyed me. I also don’t understand why they don’t talk about the reason that made Nikki become a Forfeit as soon as they able to be friends again. And then everything seems go faster when she only has one month left in the Surface, suddenly she thinks a lot of thing and tries to get the answer soon and everything feels in a rush.
Despite this book is under paranormal genre, I think the most prominent thing is the romance part. It’s obvious there’s a love triangle between Jack, Nikki and Cole. When I read about love triangle, I rarely take side of whose team I am, though sometimes I have my own likeliness. Now I do understand why most readers are gushing about it and are torn between Jack and Cole. Both of them have something that I liked and also disliked. They do good things as much as bad thing for Nikki and I understand why they do that. It is so good it’s hard for me to choose who I like most. That’s kind of unusual for me because usually it’s easy to fall for one of the characters in the story. But if I have to be honest, I liked more Nikki and Cole relationship than Nikki and Jack. Just like Cole said, it’s hard to connect with Nikki and Jack relationship. Their relationship is based on long term friendship hence it feels save for them (and sometimes boring) while there is fire, love/hate feeling with Nikki and Cole relationship. Hence it makes them more interesting.
So the conclusion is the book has everything I love, Greek mythology with hieroglyph clue what needs to be solved, good storyline, awesome characters, but I think I need to see how the sequel goes. So I’ll save my star for it and give this book 3.5 stars.
Result: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars