"Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being 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 months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen. As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's 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..." taken from Amazon UK
I received this just before Christmas from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. I held off reading it too quickly as I had a few other books to fit in first. Boy I should have dropped everything and started this immediately. Let the gushing commence......
Such a stunning cover. That dress - I would sell my soul for that dress. Its just incredible and such a beautiful starting place for this book. I also love that you don't see the full face of the girl. There is just enough to pique your interest, without you having to pick up the book and thinking the book is about the girl on the cover.
I love the dark smoke at the bottom too. Gives a very sinister feel.
The cover has an almost velvety feel, such a nice book to be holding for the duration of your read.
This is a kind of retelling of the Greek legend of Persephone (gees that is hard to pronounce) Obviously I know of some of the Greek myths, but I am by no means an expert. So reading of Persephone was basically a whole new story for me. I have no idea if not knowing the story impacted on my reading of it at all, but I was sucked in straight away and don't feel it was a negative at all.
The story is told from two angles. Before she entered the Everneath & after. Telling the story this way meant getting information slowly. It made the story a whole lot more understandable and gave you time to get your head around what was being said. It was also a great way of building the tension, mystery and intrigue. It was all these factors that made putting the book down so hard. I actually managed to read this book in two sittings, which trust me I NEVER DO!!!
One thing that did frustrate me somewhat & pretty much frustrates me with all my reads is the lack of communication. Why can people not talk??! These characters just don't seem to realise that spilling your guts is so much better than sitting and suffering - but the suffering makes the read a whole lot more enjoyable and I won't be sending it to room 101 for now!!
For me this has to be one of the most exhilarating reads I have read in a long long time. I was left praying that there would be a sequel because if the end was the actual END I would be heartbroken. It actually left me feeling how I felt after watching a certain episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (mega sad) - luckily for us we have two more parts to come!!!
This Book should come with the Book equivalent of a Nicotine patch though - its THAT addictive!!!
Rating 5 Out Of 5
Published In The UK By Simon And Schuster
This Can Be Purchased HERE and from Good Book Sellers