Author: Veronica Rossi
Publish Date: January, 2013 Harper Collins Synopsis:
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.I read this book twice over a week. I don't do that often (too many books, too little time) and I don't do that with second books in a series (because they often feel like a pause before the real conclusion). Well, helloooo, glaring exception to all my rules.
So why did I re-read a book I just finished reading? First of all, Veronica’s writing style. The characters, the setting and ohboyohboy that pacing. I couldn't turn pages fast enough. I thought for sure she’d have Aria and Perry separated for a good portion of the story. I mean, it couldn't possibly be all lovey-dovey in the Tides. Not to worry, Veronica never lets us forget that Aria is still a Dweller in their eyes and Perry is now their leader. Watching their love and bond grow in such a deliciously complex predicament makes the romantic subplot so believable. Then there’s the small matter of those Aether storms which keep getting worse. I couldn't help thinking about our own super-storms and the violent way they tear through our landscape, level our properties and leave a path of destruction in their wake. This, to me, is the key ingredient in making a dystopian setting good. That this-could-happen-to-our-world factor, and it could happen rather soon. But, let me not forget about the pacing of this story. I carried this book everywhere with me for four days. I read it in every single spare second that I had. I just had to know what happened to Aria, Perry and Roar.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Veronica threw in some surprises. Remember my literary crush on Roar? Mhmmm, yeah. NO SPOILERS here but, oh wow Roar. That’s all I’m going to say. He’s my very favorite sidekick character ever. There, I said it. Move over Simon Lewis (don’t worry, I still love a hot, geeky vamp), but Roar? He has my heart.
If you’re tired of dystopian tales and think oh man, I just can’t take another one, stop and pick up Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night and you’ll remember why you love the genre. I know I did. Now excuse me, I have an e-novella to read, Roar and Liv, because well, you know, it’s about Roar.