This series has been on my TBR list since December of 2011, but for some reason it never made it to the top of the list. I always loved the cover with the bright red dress and the swirling smoke...or clouds...I was never sure which. (I'm not going to spoil it for you, but you will learn what the smoke is pretty late in the book).
Nikki Beckett's mother was killed by a drunk driver prior to the start of the book. The depression and sense of loss combined with her insecurities about her relationship with Jack pushed her towards Cole. He had a mysterious way of taking away all of her pain.
She later learns that Cole is an Everliving and uses human emotions as his source of energy. He feeds on her for 100 years, which equates to 6 months in human time. This time period is referred to as "the feed". She should have wasted away to virtually nothing, but for some reason she survived. Now Cole believes the two of them can rule the underworld. The only problem is Nikki's love for Jack never diminished. She refuses to go with Cole to the Everneath and returns to the surface for her last six months with Jack and her family.
At first I was a Cole supporter and thought the two of them would make a great couple. That was before I met Jack. Once I could see Jack and Nikki's love and devotion to one another it was clear that they belonged together. They began researching mythology with the hope of finding a way to free Nikki. With time running out, they need to work quickly or they could lose each other forever.
Everneath was an excellent debut novel for Brodi. I was captivated from the very beginning and didn't feel like the story lagged at any point. Brodi added a unique twist at the end that I did not see coming until very late in the story. It set up the second book beautifully and left the reader anxiously anticipating Everbound, which is the second book in the series. Without this change in direction, I don't think there would have been much of a plot line remaining.
I will give you advance warning. DO NOT read the synopsis for Everbound until you have already finished reading Everneath. There is a large spoiler revealed in the synopsis and I was a little upset when I read it. I don't think I will read the synopsis for a book further along in a series ever again. I have heard other bloggers complain about this, but this is the first time I have experienced it first hand.