TruthRider Tour in Katy TX + Giveaway

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Event

Veronica Rossi, Susan Dennard and Sophie Jordan in one place- what could be better? I wanted to alert my Texas friends that all three of these amazing authors will be at Morton Ranch High School Commons for the #FantasYA Event in Katy, TX on Sunday, February 28, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm. You can find out all the details HERE.

Giveaway

For everyone in the US and Canada I have a giveaway to celebrate. Enter to win a swag package including

    • Signed Riders poster
    • Signed Truthwitch bookplate
    •  Riders bracelet
    •  Truthwitch poster

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Veronica Rossi’s Into The Still Blue Cover in Blocks

Here at My Friends Are Fiction there is nothing we love more than great books, cover art and LEGOs. What could be better than our favorite covers redone in Lego? The answer–nothing.

This time we’ve done Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi. I hadn’t realized just how dark they had Perry’s hair on the cover until working on this but we decided to keep it close to the original cover rather than the description in the book.

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This is the third and last in the Under the Never Sky series-you can see my thoughts on this final book here.
Our next cover will be from the highly anticipated book The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski–look for our Lego cover next month.

The other covers we’ve recreated:
Click to see the larger image

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Review of Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)Into the Still Blue
By: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 28th 2014

A copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

The Story:
I have been a fan of this series since it began with Under the Never Sky, which will always be my favorite since it was my introduction to Rossi’s writing. With this series conclusion I was immediately swept up in Rossi’s world building and character interactions. Into the Still Blue continued with all of the things I loved about the first two books and added a conclusion that I found to be satisfying if not a tad bit anti-climatic.

I felt that the story was equally full of wrapping up loose threads, action and building on the character’s development within themselves and with each other. Though I did not reread the prior books I had no problem slipping back into Aria and Perry’s story. It’s hard for me to really speak of any details concerning plot since there would be spoilers, but suffice it to say I was pleased with the outcome.

The Characters:
I love the story that Rossi has created but the characters in this series really are the reason I love it so much. The relationship between Perry and Aria is very realistic and I feel that it matures as they do. I love that they had growing pains and problems but there wasn’t unnecessary drama. Their relationship was refreshing because of their affection, respect and treatment of one another.

Roar and Aria had a friendship and dynamic that I don’t recall finding in young adult before; a male and female relationship that was strictly platonic though there was real deep-seeded affection between the two. I loved how their dialog was easy going and how they bounced off one another. Roar, in general, had some of the best dialog through out the series. I think it’s safe to say that he was able to steal all of our hearts.

I found Perry’s relationship with Cinder to be incredibly heartbreaking because of the emotional blocks each had to overcome. Really, each character was developed and had substantial growth over the duration of the three books. Having read their stories, I feel a connection to each of them that I won’t soon forget.

Final Thoughts:
Anyone that has been a fan of the series will enjoy this final book. Rossi treats her readers to a fully thought out conclusion to a story that has swept so many of us away. I am so curious about what project she has up next. Anyone know?

Waiting on Wednesday #9


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait to-read” selection is: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)Why am I eagerly anticipating Into the Still Blue? Well I am obsessed with Under the Never Sky series. Rossi writes beautifully and created some of my very favorite characters in Roar, Aria and Perry. I think Rossi has created some of the best character relationships to date in the young adult genre. I’m going to cry my eyes out (no matter the ending) just knowing I’ll have to say good-bye to this story, world and characters.

There isn’t a summary available yet for Into the Still Blue. You can read my reviews of Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night