March 11, 2013

Like the Waves in the Sea

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Release Date: January 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 341 pages
Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Source & Format: Bought; Kindle e-book
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Summary (from Goodreads)
It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at fi rst. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

Thoughts on Through the Ever Night
Last week I told you that I fell in love with Under the Never Sky, and many of you commented that you couldn't wait for me to read Through the Ever Night. I smiled every time I saw a comment like that because, surprise, I had already read it by the time I published my review of Under the Never Sky. But I must say you were all right - I loved Through the Ever Night even more than the first book! There's no second book slump here.

I was immediately hooked on this story, unlike my experience with the first book. I'm sure it was because I was already familiar with this world and it's terminology, which made it easier for me to get drawn into this book. So often, the second book in a series just seems like it's there to set up the action of the third book. Thankfully, Through the Ever Night avoids that completely. I learned more about some things introduced in the first book that weren't fully fleshed out, as well as saw how Rossi was setting everything up for an action-packed conclusion.

Through the Ever Night picks up right where the first book left off, and I was immediately reminded of why I love Aria and Perry together. Aria returns to the Tides with Perry, which introduces some drama and conflict because the tribe considers her an outsider. They are wary of her, and it also causes them to question their new Blood Lord. Aria and Perry's relationship continues to develop in a way that was both natural and admirable. I love how they complement each other and want to be together, but they aren't dependent on each other! Aria is independent and sometimes opinionated AND makes a hard decision when she believes it is what is best for Perry and his tribe.

I really loved Perry in Under the Never Sky, but it was so wonderful to be able to see him truly begin to come into his own in this book. Perry struggles to do the right thing and be the kind of leader his people need, and I loved seeing him try to navigate the challenges that arise in his new role. Rossi really excels at writing from his perspective. When she talked at the Pitch Dark Days event, she mentioned that she had her husband read Perry's section and give her feedback on whether he thought it seemed authentic. She also mentioned that she had an all-guy critique group, and I loved finding that out. You can tell she wanted to make sure she got his voice right.

While we're talking about falling in love with boys, I have to mention that Roar really shines in Through the Ever Night. I really enjoyed him in book one, but I just fell in love with him in this book. His search for Liv and friendship with Aria are endearing. I was rooting for him in this one! Also, I absolutely adore Rossi for creating a guy/guy/girl friendship that DOES NOT become a triangle. Perry and Roar truly care for one another, and you can tell that they will always have each others backs. But I also loved how Aria and Roar really bond in this one - some of my favorite parts in this book include these two!

I cannot say enough good things about this book, and it's definitely made me fall in love with Veronica Rossi. I was amazed at the character development and the spot-on pacing. Just like Under the Never Sky, this book leaves you satisfied but eagerly awaiting more! I cannot wait to see how this story concludes in Into the Still Blue.

So Quotable
"He paused, his gaze focused completely on her. 'Come back with me, Aria. Be with me.' Something brilliant unfolded inside of her at the sound of those words. She memorized them as she would a song: every note, unhurried, spoken in his deep, warm timbre. Whatever happened, she'd keep those words."

"Then he told Perry that love was like the waves in the sea, gentle and good sometimes, rough and terrible at others, but that it was endless and stronger than the sky and the earth and everything in between."

"She'd been seeking the comfort of a place. Of walls. A roof. A pillow to rest her head on. Now she realized that the people she loved were what gave her life shape, and comfort, and meaning."

21 comments:

  1. Oooh, I can't wait to read this one! xD

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    1. It's SO good! You have lots of good things to look forward to with this one :)

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  2. ROARRRRRRRR <33333333

    Ehem. I'm kinda in love.

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  3. you stinker! you had already read it? hahah -- i'm so, so glad you loved it. i completely agree that seeing perry develop was awesome. usually, male characters seem to have it all together. they're so dreaaaamyy and wonderful, but perry still grew and even though things weren't always so easy, it was a nice transition time for him + aria. so glad you're loving this series too! :)

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    1. Haha! I am a little stinker, aren't I?! Sorry sugar! I totally agree on Perry - I love that you can root for him even though he isn't perfect. It was so great seeing how he developed as a character! I cannot wait for Into the Still Blue <3

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  4. Oh my gosh ROAR ROAR ROAR. I love him.
    I totally agree that it was so much fun seeing characters develop in this book! I felt like they really grew a lot.
    Great review!!! So glad you loved it too!!

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    1. SO MUCH LOVE! Thank you :) Glad you loved the book too!

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  5. So happy to see you loved this one so much! I should get my copy from the Book Depository this week and can't wait to read it! I know it's going to be AWESOME!

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    1. It really is AWESOME! I can't wait for you to get it and read it IMMEDIATELY.

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  6. I'm so glad you shouted out to Roar -- how cute and great was he in this one? Loved it all!

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  7. YES YES to all of this! Love Aria and Perry and how they both grow. But I think this book belongs to Perry. I love that detail of her husband reading his parts. It is always so great when a female author gets a male voice right, and can make each voice in a split narrative sound authentic. And I agree, one of my favorite things about this book is that Aria and Roar have a friendship that is deep and plutonic.

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    1. Isn't that such a cool thing about her husband reading his parts?! I loved that so much! I think she's so talented, and you're so right about the fact that she made BOTH voices sound authentic.

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  8. WHY WHY haven't I read this one yet? I think I've actually been afraid to start this one because I love Under the Never Sky SO VERY MUCH and feel such a connection with the characters after two reads that I don't want them to have any hardship, and I'm sure that they'll have some since this is the second book. It's quite a unique feeling for me because I usually only have reservations like this for a finale, but I'm feeling it already in this series. I'll be in bad shape next year.

    I need to suck it up and get on this one already. Help me, friend!

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    1. WHY WHY WHY? That's what I want to know. I don't understand, Asheley. Stop putting it off! You MUST read this one. Suck it up and get on this! (Did you end up reading this on your mountain vacation? I really hope you did!)

      Seriously, it's even better than book one. Read it NOW.

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    2. Nooooo I didn't. *whispers* Asheley fail. *runs away*

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  9. Yay! I really don't even know what to say that wouldn't just be repeating all of the goodness you said. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one even more, I'm so in love with all of these characters and their growth by now, it's going to be hard to say goodbye!

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    1. I can't even imagine saying goodbye. YOU CAN'T MAKE MEEEEE!

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  10. I love this series.... I am DYIIIIIING for the final book!! I agree with you on Roar & Aria's relationship--- but in all honesty a tiny part of me is hoping/thinking SOMETHING more might happen--- even if it's just a quick mistake, my gut tells me it's coming! The sparks between 2 people with the same ability are undeniable. *grin* but let's not mess around. Perry is one sexy beast and he is the one I'm swooning over for sure. I'd be furious if either of them let anything happen with anyone else. Just reading about Kirra and Perry on the beach had me fuming. I hope Liv is somehow still alive. Thanks a lot for reminding me how long we have to wait to see what happens.

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    1. OMG, I'm DYIIIIINNNNGGGGG for book three, too. Seriously, I need it immediately. Hahahahaha! I don't think I'm surprised even a little bit that you want something to happen with them. Oh Betty. What am I going to do with you?! Poor Perry, why would you want Aria and Roar to hurt him like that? ;)

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