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I’ve been hearing that people have liked having read Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi prior to Through the Ever Night. I haven’t read it yet but seems like the perfect medicine to fill that empty hole I’ve had since finishing TTEN.
Summary (via: Amazon):
Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.
After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry’s sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv’s unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv’s union. Normally, Roar couldn’t care less about Vale’s opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale’s leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.
Set in the harsh but often beautiful world of Veronica Rossi’s “unforgettable” Under the Never Sky (Examiner.com), this captivating prequel novella stands on its own for new readers and offers series fans a fascinating look into the character of Roar. Poignant and powerful, Roar and Liv is a love story that will “capture your imagination and your heart.” (Justine on Under the Never Sky)
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Through the Ever Night
By: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Spoiler free if you’ve read Under the Never Sky
Summary (via book flap):
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 first.
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?
Wow, Through the Ever Night grabs you immediately and doesn’t let go. I had trouble even putting it down in the hours it took to read. It starts with Perry right where Under the Never Sky left off, I’m always happy when authors continue the story so seamlessly. Alot of sequels fail to be as engaging or progress the story as well as the first. Veronica Rossi doesn’t make this mistake. The story moves forward, questions are answered but there is still a way to go before the final conclusion, leaving me just as anxious as I was for this installment. I felt myself rushing over the words trying to find out what was about to happen. I felt tense at areas, scared something bad was going to happen to someone I love. The book has a sadder feel overall than its predecessor, but in no way does the book make you feel bad.
Through the Ever Night adds a few new characters, some I liked but others, one in particular, I can’t stand. Not because the writing was poorly done but just because I hate the characters actions. All of our main cast deal with a lot of inner and outer turmoil as they struggle to find the answers they seek. Its not an easy ride for any of them but it never was. Rossi’s characters continue to grow and you are even more invested in their futures. Perry struggles with his new role as Blood Lord of the Tides and his promise to help Aria, who is half dweller. Just as the Dwellers don’t trust and dislike the Outsiders the Outsiders distrust those from the pods. Automatically, this puts Aria in a postion of distrust with the Tides. Aria is getting used to being an Aud and figuring out where she belongs in this new world. She has no question of her mission though, she knows what must be done and is willing to do it.
Veronica Rossi didn’t let me down, Through the Ever Night was worth the year long wait and 2014 can’t come soon enough for the next. Fast paced filled with action yet a touching sequel that leaves you even more in love with the cast of characters.
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Under the Never Sky
by: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 3, 2012
I originally read Rossi’s Under the Never Sky last year soon after it released, I loved it. This last month I purchased the hard copy (I had gotten it from the library) and reread it to prep myself for Through the Ever Night. If its possible, I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around. This book has all the ingredients for a great read to me: dynamic characters that I fall in love with, a villain that you aren’t sure is entirely evil, a well built world and a love that is realistic (and isn’t the entire point of the book).
I have really tried to keep this a spoiler free review.
Summary (via Goodreads):
WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.
The future Rossi paints is one filled with illusion. Civilization now live in pods and the people are spending the vast majority of their time in virtual worlds to help them cope with the cramped and depressing life that living in the pod would produce. Science has allowed for long life spans, and luxuries of genetic specialization but emotions and experiences are only felt in the virtual worlds, Realms. Some people still live on the outside and are looked at as salvages. These outsiders have had to cope and evolved to survive the Aether storms that rage causing major destruction to the land. These storms wiped out the world as we know it and have been increasing in frequency and strength in recent times posing a threat to all. Rossi does a good job in showing how it would feel to live in either world, I could see advantages of both lifestyles. Not every aspect was new to me because these themes are always prevalent in sci-fi but she does a wonderful job keeping it new and interesting.
Under the Never Sky is in alternating first person, going between Aria and Perry. I never am confused on who I’m reading because both charaters have a distinct point of view. It frustrates me when reading a book if I just can’t imagine making the same decisions as the main character, I don’t feel like that with Aria or Perry. I can understand their choices and actions. I loved the primary characters and secondary, Roar, Talon even Cinder. I want to know more about each…what will happen with Roar and Liv? What makes Cinder the way he is? I can’t wait to find out more about each. I think Perry is one of my favorite fictional characters because he seems very real in his struggles and imperfections. I love his internal battle with his own nature regarding his current and future role in his group, the Tide. Rossi has created a loyal, flawed character that I enjoy seeing her world through. The modifications the ‘salvages’ have evolved are as interesting as they are mysterious. I feel like Rossi will give us a lot more insight to them in the later books.
Dystopian fiction is probably my favorite genre and Under the Never Sky hits all the right points for me. If you are a fan of dystopian or sci-fi I would recommend you read this ASAP so you can enjoy the sequel, Through the Ever Night releasing tomorrow, January 8, 2013!
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Veronica Rossi posted the new book trailer for Through The Ever Night Check it out. I can’t wait for this sequel to Under the Never Sky to come out, January 8, 2013.
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? 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.