Nikki has just returned from 100 years in the Everneath, which was actually only 6 months in the real world. She comes back broken and bereft of emotions. The only thing she thought about while she was under was her boyfriend Jack, who betrayed her and caused her to accept Cole’s offer of the Everneath. Nikki has 6 months before she is sucked back under to become a battery in the Tunnels. Cole wants her to come back with him and rule the Everneath as his queen. Jack wants to understand what happened and wants Nikki back.
So this book took me longer to read than anything in a long time. I started it, was bored and put it down. When I finally picked it back up I made myself read it to the end. It wasn’t a bad book or poorly written, it just didn’t excite me or really have anything that interesting to say. I was intrigued by the Persephone/Hades myth and how Ashton was going to retell it. I love books that weave mythology through their stories. Unfortunately, the mythology really took a back seat to the love triangle. Nikki/Jack/Cole dominated the story. First I hate love triangles! I don’t know why every book has to have a love triangle. Seriously! Second, the characters just weren’t that compelling or interesting. I found I really didn’t care one way or the other about who Nikki was going to pick. I wanted more excitement and information about the Everneath, the Daughters of Persephone and the Everliving. The book didn’t deliver anything except a trite love story. Great ideas just fell a bit short in this book.