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Summary: After spending the last century in the Everneath, teenager Nikki Beckett remembers just one thing about the life she left behind. She survived the Feeding because of a boy whose face and name she doesn't remember. She is granted six months to live on the Surface. Nikki starts to regain her life. She finds and reveals everything that's happened to Jack, the nameless face she had remembered. Despite the ticking clock, Nikki and Jake rekindle their relationship. At the same time they are looking for a way to spare Nikki from the fate of becoming a “battery” that would sustain the Everneath. Cole, an "Everliving" followed her to the Surface and won't let Nikki forget her other life. The combination of Nikki's survival of the Feed and his growing feelings for her, encourage Cole to win Nikki over. Together, they could defeat the current queen and claim the Everneath throne for their own. While she knows her love will always be Jack’s Nikki cannot help feeling a bond to Cole. Now she must decide: does she want to fight to stay with Jack or fight to be a queen? This is a young adult fantasy romance.
Type of Reading: anytime reading, independent reading
Recommended Age: Read together: 13 and Up; read yourself: 9 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Everneath raises some interesting questions. What if Hell isn’t really as bad as we dream it to be? What if there is good in the midst of evil? I love the vivid descriptions and the complexity of the characters, especially Cole. He honestly loves Nikki but is cruel and selfish sometimes. There are a few serious points I didn't like. The primary one is that the plot is bound together by a high school relationship. While some may disagree, I believe that in real life this kind of high school relationship wouldn't survive. I did not like how Nikki breaks up Jules and Jack, given that she has a short time at the Surface. She is too cruel toward Cole. He had his weaknesses, but she should have given him a chance instead of hating him so much.
Overall, the book has enough to satisfy readers now and save enough to keep them wanting more in future books. This book is listed as "romance." There are not any scenes that go beyond kissing, and any teen could read it.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Readers who like fantasy stories with good v. evil and other worlds will have plenty to explore in Everneath.
Cons: None other than personal tastes.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow.Because the ending is abrupt in the first book, I would not buy this for a gift. It would be better if one were to check it out from a library.