"History books call it the Underworld. Or even hell. But I know it's neither. It is really called the Everneath, and it's not a place for the dead. It's a place for the Everliving--beings who have discovered the secret to eternal life. It's a place for their Forfeits--the humans who give up everything to nourish the Everliving. It's a world caught between this one and the next, a layer between Earth and hell. I know because I was a Forfeit.
I would give anything to change this."
~ Everneath by Brodi Ashton
When Nikki Beckett returns home, after disappearing without a trace, she's emaciated and so weak she can barely lift a spoon. Everyone believes she's a drug addict, finally coming off of a six month high. The reality is not that far from the rumor.
Nikki found life so unbearably painful that all she wanted was to feel nothing. She allowed herself to be enticed into a world she hoped would numb her to the pain, but instead she ended up forfeiting everything that ever meant anything to her and allowed an Everliving to suck her dry.
Only something went wrong, or maybe Nikki was stronger than she thought, because when the super hot Everliving, Cole is finally through with her, Nikki has not been completely destroyed. She gets a second chance at life and finds something worth living for.
As someone who comes from a family where addiction is rampant, I've seen firsthand what a drug addict looks like and the way they behave during recovery. Brodi captured the essence of that perfectly.
I expected to like this book, I mean the cover alone is drool worthy and the idea of the Persephone myth reworked into a modern day setting intrigued me, but I did not expect the depth. It's incredible how many layers this book has.
And the something that Nikki finds worth living for? He's Amazing.