Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Summary: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 boyfriend — and she has six months before she's banished back to the underworld. . . this time forever.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who 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.
Everneath is an intelligent and creative retelling of one of the most popular Greek myths to date: the myth of Hades and Persephone. Brodi Ashton takes the myth and makes it her own, adding her own unique twists to the myth. The result is a story that is both entertaining and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished after being sucked into a mysterious Underworld called the Everneath. Desperate to reunite with her friends and family, Nikki’s captor has allowed her to return to the Surface for six months. Once the six months are up, Nikki must return to the Underworld…forever.
Nikki is a strong and intelligent protagonist. She’s loyal to those she loves, and she’s persistent and determined. It’s heartbreaking seeing Nikki return to her friends and family on the Surface knowing that she will have to leave them again soon.
There is a love triangle here, between Nikki’s boyfriend Jack (the primary reason she returned to the Surface) and her captor Cole. Surprisingly, however, the love triangle is well developed and actually adds something significant to the plot.
I am excited to see where Brodi Ashton takes the series next, especially after the cliffhanger at the end. It’s clear that she has a lot in store for her characters and I cannot wait to see what happens next.