Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Through the Ever Night

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Published: January 8, 2013
341 Pages
5 Gold Stars

(summary 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?

I'm always cautious when I pick up the second book in a trilogy. You're never quite sure what to expect and you don't want the book to just be a filler. I'll admit that I had no worries about whether I would like this book or not, even if it was just filler. Thankfully there is no second book syndrome happening here. In fact, Through the Ever Night could simply stand on its own and it would still make complete sense. But I don't recommend reading just this one because you'd be missing on too much. I throughly enjoyed Under the Never Sky, and I picked up the sequel as soon as it came out, eager to see Aria and Perry together again.

Aria and Perry reunite after months apart. Perry is now the blood lord of his tribe after he took the position from his brother. His duties and responsibilities have grown high and with the aether storms flowing in, he's not sure if he'll be able to help the tribe in the way it needs. Aria has spent months with Roar healing and is excited to find Perry again. Their reunion is short lived since the tribe does not approve of Aria's presence. Before long, Aria is out of the road again, trying to do whatever she can to help Perry. 

There is so much tension between the two of them that the whole time you just want them to fall into each other's arms and experience a moment like they did in the first book. It's understandable why they act the way they do, but all I want is for them to be together. The alternating narratives gave us both sides of the story and there's no doubt that these two love each other. While Perry is dealing with his tribe, trying to fill his brother's large shoes, Aria is working with a dweller who wants her to find the Still Blue. She'll do whatever she has to in order to save Perry's nephew, Talon, who's being held in the pod. The pod is in trouble and so are the Tides and the only real way for anything to get solved is for them to work together. As they continue their search for the Still Blue, Perry and Aria's relationship is continuously put to the test. Other women, rumours and the threat of the tribe put their relationship in trouble. 

Rossi has a way of weaving words together to create a world that is not only beautiful, but dangerous. Both Perry and Aria has distinct voices and the pain going on inside their heads is all too real. The side characters are well rounded and create the perfect counterparts to our mains. Roar is by far my favourite. He is hilarious one second, but dark the next. He'll do anything for the woman he loves, Liv, and when he finally sees her again, he is ruined. Even the other tribe members break through the pages and demand attention in every scene. The small moments where we see members of the pod bring on a completely different world, reminding us how different the dwellers and savages are. There is no way that Into the Still Blue will disappoint at all. In fact, I'm sure it will be the best of series. Now all I have to do is wait. 

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