January 21, 2013

REVIEW: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2), by Veronica Rossi
Published January 8, 2013
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Format:  Hardback - own
Genre:  Young Adult Dystopian

Rating:  5 STARS

(From Goodreads) 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.

This one is a freshie. I just finished Through the Ever Night, literally, about 10 minutes ago, so if I seem a little stream-of-consciousness, I apologize. But, this book was so damn good, I had to talk about it right away. 

When I compare the first and second books, it seems that, although both are told from dual POVs (Aria's and Perry's), Under the Never Sky was really Aria's coming of age story, and Through the Ever Night is Perry's. Aria's already come into her own and she's on a mission to help Perry right some wrongs. Meanwhile, Perry is just starting to figure out his place in life and how to fill some very big, very grumpy shoes. And, how not to lose himself in the process. 

Aria, Perry and Roar are like the Three Musketeers. Them against the world. One of my favorite parts about this book is seeing how close Roar and Aria have gotten. Aria finally has a real BFF. One who would probably do anything for her. It's an amazing relationship - one we all should be envious to have. Roar is an incredible character. He loves Aria and Liv in completely different and perfect ways. You have to love him for that.

Perry has a rough time of it. In this crazy, dangerous world that Veronica Rossi has brilliantly created, it's hard enough to keep yourself alive, much less a few hundred others. He struggles with finding his rightful place among the Tribe, and with figuring out who he wants to be apart from his brother and his father. Not to mention his relationship with Aria is complicated beyond measure. 

There is a wonderful mix of tender moments and tense moments in Through the Ever Night. Those sweet times temper the stress that everyone is constantly under. 

Through the Ever Night, thankfully, didn't suffer from second book syndrome. Not by far. Not by a damn mile. This was an amazing book full of colors and life and heart. It's about finding yourself and finding out who the people in your life are that really, truly love you. Do not let this gem of a book pass you by.

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