Monday, February 18, 2013

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 341
Rating: 4/5 stars

"It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, 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 dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable."

Reviewing sequels are always difficult, especially when they are the middle book in a trilogy, but here we go. 

I did not have the same mind blowing reaction as I did with Under The Never Sky and I am not sure why. I think it had something to do with me. I read the first hundred of so pages, realized I didn't retain any of the information, and had to start all over again. I'm not saying it is a bad book, or even a boring one. In fact it was amazing. I just didn't take advantage of it's brilliance. I will have to reread it soon, and maybe update this review. 

The Heroine:
You go Aria. You work your bad self.
Aria is so self empowering now. The character development was amazing. She started out in Under The Never Sky as a dependent clueless individual and blossomed into one badass mama. She didn't need a man, she didn't need help, she depended on herself to get stuff done. No more frail Aria, now it is Aria who can work a knife. 

The Hero/Love Interest:
There really wasn't any romance in this novel to be honest. Which is good and bad. I wish there was more Aria/Perry scenes.
Now Perry darling, you are so frustrating. I love your POV and all but what are you doing. First you are all,I am Blood Lord hear me roar, but then you don't own the power. The people walk all over you and you feel bad for yourself, then you boss them around, and you still feel bad for yourself. Make up your mind, man. Then you become all self conscious and think Aria and Roar are shacking up behind your back. Then you feel attracted and almost kiss another girl. Then you are totally rude to Roar when he comes back after losing the love of his life because you were self conscious again and selfish. And THEN finally, you have a sweet moment with Aria. What is this? This needs to be fixed. 

The Friend:
Roar is the best thing to ever happen to this genre. Seriously. I almost wish this series was rewritten with Roar as the love interest. He is so perfect. I feel like explaining why he is perfect won't give it justice, so all you readers out there need to pick up this series and marvel at his perfection. 

The Plot:
You Still Blue, you. It is like where's waldo still blue edition. I'm just kidding, but in all honestly I did like the plot. A lot of unexpected things happened and Rossi really has a knack for drawing a reader in. It was interesting to not only have our questions answered about the Aether and the Unity, but also to have a better glimpse of both the Tribes and Reverie. I can ever get over this SmartEye thing. I think it is such a great dystopian invention to keep it both futuristic and oppressive. Plus Soren, Talon, and the members of the tribe were given more of an introduction and also more character depth.

The Ending:
Did this book end? Oh yeah it did. WITH A BIG OPENING. What did Perry have to tell Aria? Would the Tides except the Dwellers? What happened to Cinder? WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THIS? 

Then there are the obvious well needed cliffhangers that make sense like Is Sable going to seek revenge? Does Aria have feelings for Roar? Will they get to the Still Blue? What will Hess do? What will happen with the character introduction of Caleb? Will the Aether storms ever go away? 

God, this book, man. So many questions.

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