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Hades Just Got Hotter

Forever Young Adult Presents: A Review of Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Hades Just Got Hotter

BOOK REPORT for Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Cover Story: Double Whammy
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Candy
Bonus Factors: Sexy Evil Dude, Persephone
Relationship Status: I'll See You In Hell

Cover Story: Double Whammy

Just like the book I reviewed last week, this cover features two of our Top Five Worst Cover Trends of 2011: Fancy Dress and Headless Girl. Now, we can see half of her face, so technically she's not headless, but what is so horrible about the top half of her face that it can't be shown? Does she have a fivehead? Acne problems? A disfiguring scar from a terrible car accident? DON'T BE ASHAMED, LADY IN RED. Also, while that dress looks pretty on you, it does me no favors in public.

The Deal:

When Nikki Beckett wakes up after a hundred years, she's surprised to find that she still has a memory. Usually, after a person becomes a Forfeit and allows an Everliving (an immortal) to feed off of them in the Underneath, that person is reduced to a mindless blob and left behind to be absorbed in the underworld walls. (Gross, I know.) Nikki, however, remembers her life: her dad, her brother and especially Jack, the boy who broke her heart and led her straight into the arms of Cole, the Everliving who's been eating her energy for the past century. Determined to make things right with Jack and her family, Nikki returns topside, where only six months have passed... and only six months remain before she's sucked back into the Underneath and absorbed into the walls (known as the Tunnels). As she struggles to reconnect with Jack, she must also fend off the advances of Cole, who has followed her to the surface and is determined to make her his immortal companion.

BFF Charm: Nay

Look, Nikki. I get that you're a teenager. I get that you're impulsive and irrational because you've got crazy hormones pumping through your blood. And I get that you're pretty messed up, having just spent the past 100 years entwined with a hot dude who was feeding on your energy and making you forget your pain. OH WAIT. THAT ACTUALLY SOUNDS AWESOME. And hold up, there's more? That hot dude wants to make you immortal?! And then rule the Underneath with you?!!! WHAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE?

Our disagreement over Cole aside, I just couldn't handle all of yr angst. It took entirely too long for you to grow a backbone, and by the time you decided to carpe diem it up, you'd already wasted, like, five months. Also, I don't think I could ever be besties with someone who thinks eyebrow piercings on a dude are hot.

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

This number would've been higher if Nikki had just listened to me and nailed the hell out of Cole. Instead, she kept getting distracted by Jack, who is sweet and handsome and zzzzz. The book kept telling me over and over about their connection but didn't give me enough memories and moments to truly feel it. Plus, it's really not fair to pit a hot good guy and a hot bad guy against each other, because the sexy evil ALWAYS wins in my book. And Cole is dead sexy. Sure, he's a bit cliched (lead singer of a band, wears all black) but his hunger for Nikki felt irresistible, and his development of actual emotions (uncommon for the Everliving) was compelling. In other words, he's straight out of The Forbidden Game School of Julian Hotness, and I would let him drag me to hell ANYTIME.

Talky Talk: Candy

This book isn't a great work of literature, but it was definitely fun to read. Author Brodi Ashton doesn't waste time on insignificant details like Nikki's mother's death so readers can get straight to what matters most: the swoon! While I do think that better character development could have heightened the romance (particularly in Jack's case), I enjoyed the instant gratification of the story concept and the love triangle. Plus, it should be noted that while reading this book, I was able to drink several cocktails without losing my grasp of the plot. Always a plus!

Bonus Factor: Sexy Evil Dude

That's right, I'm still not done talking about Cole. Seriously, though, how have we not created this bonus factor already? Sexy evil dude is one of my top YA archetypes! This glaring omission will be corrected immediately! Thank you, Cole, for bringing this important matter to my attention.

Bonus Factor: Persephone

Sure, the Persephone myth might be the new vampire of YA, but I'm not tired of it (yet). It's just so tragic and thrilling and feminist!

Casting Call:

Kaya Scodelario as Nikki

I think Kaya could capture all of Nikki's damage with none of the annoying angst.

Grey Damon as Jack

NOW maybe Jack stands a chance against Cole...

Freddie Stroma as Cole

... oooor maybe not.

Relationship Status: I'll See You In Hell

Look, book. You're not perfect, but neither am I. You've most definitely led me into temptation and delivered me to evil (sexiness), and at this point, I'm wiling to give up the depth and enlightenment of heaven for a shot at more cheap thrills with you. So when your sequel comes out, you better believe I'll head straight for it on the highway to hell.

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FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from Harper Collins. I received neither money nor cocktails for writing this review (dammit!). Everneath is available now.

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).