Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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...
So seriously? I thought I had written a review for this book a long time ago. Usually I write reviews that I can't post yet and save them in word until I can. Errrr...somehow it slipped my mind and I never actually did that. It's been a long time since I read this book. So now I have a problem because I don't remember any details. I'm just being honest. So I am going to do the best I can, but please understand that this is not my best effort at a review.
I do remember that there was a cliffhanger ending, and it was one of the worst ones I have ever encountered (the worst ever was Wildefire by Karsten Knight). Which is fine, but I'm getting a little bit tired of books with cliffhangers and no resolution. It's fine if you want to write a series (although I'm a little tired of those too), but at least give the reader a sense of accomplishment and closure. Believe me, we will still read the next book without the cliffhanger. I'd like to quote myself from me earlier review here, since my mind is lacking details. "I cried like a big stupid baby and I am hating myself for being female right now." That was my comment on the ending. So there were a lot of emotions there. So even though it had a crappy cliffhanger ending, it made me cry. That's something I guess.
I know the beginning started out kind of slow for me. I remember loving the lyrical writing, but the characters were kind of meh. I didn't feel a whole lot for them. It did build as the story went on, but I never felt they were really that well-developed. I cared for them by the end, but I believe it had more to do with the plot and writing than the actual characters.
I did fall in love with the story by the end. This book didn't blow me away, but I did like it. And I loved Jack to death. I just didn't find there to be any redeeming qualities in Cole and I really can't figure out why there are a lot of Cole fans out there. I thought he was a terrible person. Do I see potential for his character develop as the series progresses? Yes. But I did feel like he was bad news and unhealthy to be in a relationship with. I am Team Jack all the way.
Will I read the next one? Maybe. This genre (underworld, demons)is not usually something I enjoy. That has a lot to do with my beliefs. I just can't suspend disbelief. But I was asked to review this and I love the cover so I took a chance. And I'm glad I did. It was really, REALLY, good. And I can totally understand why it is blowing some people away. It deserves the four stars I gave it. I just don't know if it's the series for me. I think I would enjoy it more if I wasn't who I was.
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