Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being 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 months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's 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...
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Jack keeps his word and shows up to work at the soup kitchen on Saturday. There he meets Mary who asks if Jack forgave Nikki and talks about an anchor. Nikki and Jack go outside and find Cole. As Cole is speaking to them, Mary comes up and knows Cole. Jack and Nikki decide to follow Mary onto a bus and question her about an anchor. She tells them that she is really 17 and Nikki realizes it's Meredith (Maxwell's Forfeit) who got away from the Everneath and is buying her time like Nikki is. Mary reminds Nikki of the story of Orphus and gives them her bracelet before fleeing. Nikki knows she should tell Jack about her mark and how she doesn't have much time left but she can't bring herself to ruin their relationship.
At school, Cole finally gets tired of waiting and tells Jack about Nikki having to return to the Everneath and go to the tunnels. Jack walks out and doesn't come back. Nikki tells Cole to leave her alone and goes to Jack's house but his mother tells her he has left with Will. Feeling like there is no other choice, she takes the hair Cole gave her and goes to swallow it but can't. Cole comforts her and she lets him. Nikki also figures out that Jack can take her place in the tunnels but she knows she will never allow him to and decides not to tell him.
Her father tells her he is losing the election because he isn't "hip" enough for the town. Nikki throws herself into the campaign, hoping to make her father happy before she leaves. A few nights before the election, there is a knock on her window and Jack is there. He tells Nikki he left to find Mary with Will (who remembers everything) and they kiss. Nikki's father wins and Cole plays at the election party and the entire band feed off her, reminding her what the tunnels will be. Jack saves her and they go to Mary whose mark has spread to her wrist and has only a little time left. They try to get her to Cole's but the tunnels take her before that, consuming her in black smoke.
Jack and Nikki start looking at the bracelet and decipher that there are symbols on it in ancient Egyptian. They ask their teacher about it who phones an old professor. The professor tells them about the Everlivings (using the correct terminology) and how the bracelet tells their story, stressing the heart. Jack theorizes that they must smash Cole's heart to kill him. Nikki realizes it's in the guitar so they go to Cole's house and Nikki tries to distract him by saying she will go with them. Will grabs the guitar and tosses it over the edge but Cole reveals his heart is in his pick. It's too late anyway, the tunnels come. Jack realizes he came make the sacrifice and goes in her place before Nikki can stop him. Every night after, Nikki seems him in her dreams (like he says he saw her) and it feels real. She lives a normal life but swears that she is going to get him out of the Everneath.
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