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.
I loved the way the countdown of Nikki's six months and required return to the Everneath added to the tension, while other chapters flashed back to show us what led up to her decision to follow Cole. Because, you see, Nikki chose to go.
It got to where I almost had a love/hate relationship with chapter breaks. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but at the same time I wanted to know what led up to her being in that situation--I wanted it all. NOW. Brodi does a wonderful job of feeding the information to the reader, letting out little bits of information to help us feel for Nikki and sympathize with her since you know exactly where it's leading her.
And Jack rocks!
If you follow Brodi's blog (she's hilarious--love her!), you will find the tone in this book very different from her blog. This book totally sucked me in. And made cry.
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