Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Publisher: HarperTeen on January 8, 2013
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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.
“Perry held her against him. ‘I missed you,’ he whispered in her ear. He couldn’t hold her close enough. ‘I should never have let you go. I missed you so much.’”
Favorite Character: ROAR!!!
“Aria was here.”
My Musings: It’s been a while since I have read a Veronica Rossi book. Actually, I believe that I read Under the Never Sky in my pre-blogging days. So I was ecstatic when this book came into the library for me—I had been waiting for a while to read more about Perry and Aria’s journey.
In this novel, Perry has become Blood Lord and Aria is still searching for the Still Blue. Perry brings Aria to his home in the Tides, but the Tides don’t take too kindly to Aria. So Aria leaves with Roar in search of finding information about the Still Blue and to find Roar’s love, Liv. And of course, all sorts of action-y stuff goes on, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you all!
I liked Aria more in this novel that the first one. In the first one, she was timid and weak, having to adapt to life on the Outside. In this novel, she is much stronger—physically, mentally, and emotionally. She’s a tough cookie in this novel, but you can still see her gushy insides when she’s with Perry. But anyways. Aria is a selfless character and the things that she does for others is admirable. I can’t wait to see what becomes of her in the next novel.
“’Was it champ?’ It was a word from her world, and she could tell he was smiling. ‘Very. It was very champ.’ She drew back and stared into his eyes. As much as he kept to himself, he cared so deeply for others. He was a force. He was good.”
Perry, as always, was fantastic. He’s a little rough around the edges, but he has good intentions. And although he has some struggles at the beginning as Blood Lord of the Tides, he is eventually able to fill the shoes of his brother—in a different way. Perry finally gains the respect of his compound, and it was great to see. Perry has a good heart and he always does what is best for others. This is a trait that both him and Aria seem to possess.
“He lay down, gathering her close. Aria slumped against him, turning her ear to his chest. She listened to his heartbeat—a good, solid sound—as the warmth of his body melted into her. She’d been in a fog earlier. Hallucinating and searching for what was real. She found it in him. He was real.”
Perry and Aria together make a strong couple. It’s unfortunate that they have to go through so many trials to be together, but I believe that all will work out in the next novel. Their love is tender and sweet, which is unusual for such a rough couple. Regardless, they bring out the best in each other, and they would do anything for each other.
Now let me talk about Roar. Roar is my favorite character. I’m sorry to say, but I love him more than Perry! Roar has that big brother quality about him, and I’m so jealous of Aria being his best friend. My heart broke for Roar during this novel, and you’ll see why. But I really hope things work out for the him…I’m always available if you need a hug Roar! Roar was a hilarious character, and he really cares about the people that he loves. He would do anything and everything for them, and that makes him stand out to me as a character.
My favorite thing about this series thus far, other than Roar, is the world that Rossi has created. A world where Dwellers live in pods and the others have to rough it out in the wilderness under an Aether filled sky. Talk about dystopia! But unlike others, Rossi’s world has a unique feel to it, one that I can’t compare to any dystopia that I’ve read. I really enjoy the concept of this impending disaster by sky, and the race to find the Still Blue. I can’t wait to see how that goes!
Rossi’s writing was fantastic. It really sucked me into the novel and into the setting, which gave me the chance to experience the novel as the characters did. I felt like I was right alongside Roar and Aria as they adventured, and standing next to Perry as he addressed his people. Rossi’s writing has a mystical effect on me as I read the novel. That, paired with a whimsical world, made Through the Ever Night a fabulous installment in the Under the Never Sky series.