"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"(from Amazon.com).
This was such a great novel. It was one of those books that made me hungry for more right after I finished it. I loved the characters and the relationships they had with each other, especially between Nikki and Jack. The countdown on each chapter helped build the suspense in a very subtle but effective way. The more I read, the harder it was for me to put the book down. I've always enjoyed the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades, and Everneath was a great modern retelling of it. I would give this book a five out of five stars and would highly recommend it. Go ahead; read it.