Author: Veronica Rossi

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Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Under the Ever Sky #2)

March 8, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Under the Ever Sky #2)Release Date: January 8, 2013
Title: Through the Ever Night
Series: Under the Ever Sky #2
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 341
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at fi rst. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure—and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

4 Stars

While I was disappointed in most of the first book, I had no such disappointments here.

While months passed between the events of the first and second books, we didn’t get to experience that and didn’t have to wait for Aria and Perry to be reunited. There was little time where they were apart from one another from the reader’s perspective – and I liked that.

Unfortunately, the good times were not to remain.

Aria and Perry were soon split up again thanks to an attempt on her life by one of Perry’s people. Aria and Roar decided to move out on their own to get information from Sable about the location of the Still Blue so that Perry wouldn’t have to choose between Aria and his own people.

{{{PARTIAL SPOILER ALERT}}}

Through an interesting chain of events, Sable and Hess make a deal with another for the Still Blue that saves only part of their people – and none of Perry’s. Will Aria be able to save those Hess left behind, including Talon? Will they be able to find the Still Blue on their own? Will Aria be reunited with Perry?  What about Roar – will he ever find peace and happiness?

I was flipping the pages just as fast as I could to find the answers to these questions – and I have to admit, I ran out of pages before I found all of the answers I sought.

Luckily, there’s still another book coming out next year. Hopefully, I will find all of the answers in that one.

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Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky #1)

February 25, 2013 Review 4 ★★★

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky #1)Release Date: January 3, 2012
Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 374
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
3 Stars

I went into this book with very very high expectations. The hype surrounding it had just built it up so much that I was expecting the next Hunger Games or Mortal Instruments.

Instead…. I was bored for the first 2/3 of the book.

The world-building and character development were lacking. The interactions between the characters seemed very two-dimensional and flat. But I kept reading. The idea of the story intrigued me enough that I wanted to know more. And it paid off.

By the end, I was fully invested and ready for book two. I fell in love with Aria, Perry, and Roar. I wanted nothing more than to help get Talon back and for everyone to live happily ever after.

But of course… this is only the first book of a trilogy – and there can’t be a happily ever after for at least two more books.

One thing I really appreciate about this series is that it is unique. The world and story are both something I haven’t really seen before. The mutations/gifts that some of the outsiders have is a new twist on the supernatural that isn’t supernatural at all. I appreciate reading a post-apocalyptic story rather than a dystopian one (and yes – I had to ask on Twitter to learn that the difference is that the dystopian genre involves a corrupt government).

And of course – I’m always always a sucker for a good romance. 🙂

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