Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Published: January 8th 2013
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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?

When I first read Under the Never Sky, I wasn’t blown away. Yeah, it was original, had pretty cool characters, the romance was good, but it was just good, nothing amazing. Then, as time passed, I became to realize that I was head-over-heels in love with this world and the characters. They didn’t let their grip on me go and even held on stronger than ever before. As the release date for Into the Still Blue came closer, I finally decided to read Through the Ever Night and binge read the series in two days. Hellllllls yeah! UtNS was better than ever and TtEN was just as amazing if not better.
“Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.” 

This world is crazy unique. I liked how we got more world building. At first, imagining the pods and the Outside with the Aether was just.. a tad confusing, dare I say. By the end of Under the Never Sky, Rossi gives us a fairly well-built world, but the building doesn’t stop there. In Through the Ever Night I got my questions on how this system of Dwellers and Outsiders came to be, why it was necessary and what else may lie beyond the horizon.

The characters went through immense growth. Perry has to endure so much responsibility as a Blood Lord and I just wanted the guy to have a break, but NO. Oh, no! He has more to carry on his shoulders than ever before, but I was sure he would do everything in his power to save his people; to save his family. As for Aria, she always manages to surprise me with her strength. What once was a scared girl has now developed into a beautiful, strong, wise young woman and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

Ah, but I can’t leave this review to be without mentioning the romance. This is the perfect example of the plot being driven by love, but still not overtaking it. We see glimpses of Aria and Perry thinking about each other, missing the other person (even when they’re just a few steps apart), constantly worrying and remembering, but they always take a step forward to reach their own goals. The last two chapters had me dying of swoon, people!

I’d like to mention two other characters. Firstly, Soren. Never did I see myself saying this, but I like the guy. I truly do. Rossi gave his character growth with effortless ease and I like how he’s developed into something honorable and worth respect. Secondly, Roar. *SOBS* My heart broke into a million pieces, may I say, though on another note, a thousand yes’s to keeping Roar and Aria’s relationship platonic. Not every relationship is supposed to be romantic and their beautiful friendship is humbling to watch.

All in all, this series is one of my absolute favorites. I really don’t know what I was thinking when I first rated UtNS 4 stars, because it deserves all the stars in the world. Oops! I guess we’re all just flawed creatures bound to make mistakes every now and then lol. I absolutely adored Through the Ever Night and it’s a strong sequel to the original, compelling and swoon-worthy first book.

Overall rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
Stars: ★★★★★

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  1. Wow, 5 stars! Glad to hear you loved this sequel, I've heard so many raves about the series now that it is finished. I'll need to pick it up at some point. Thanks for the review Siiri!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  2. Ahh this series. I wasn't a fan of book one but I felt that the series got better as it went! This one surprised me and Roar and Liv! <33

  3. I love love love this review, Siiri. This is my favorite book in the series and yes, I completely agree with you on the character growth. I also really loved the romance and like you said, it never took over the plot. Plus, no stupid love triangle!!
    And yes, my heart broke into pieces for Roar too. I'm hoping Rossi writes a companion series for him.
    Lovely review!

  4. I'm so excited to keep reading these! I though UTNS was awesome because it was so mature. I'm waiting to get back my signed copy of Into the Still Blue so I can continue this series. And yay for guys on book covers!

  5. I like hearing the fact that this author seems to keep up with world building, that makes me happy. Glad that this book hit a higher note with you. Since every else seems to love it, I am so behind.

  6. I've tackled Cinder so this one will soon be on my reading list. I have heard such amazing things about this series and I really cannot wait to dive into it. I love that the characters have grown in this one and it's always amazing to see them develop. Romance sounds amazing too and I'm happy that it didn't took over the plot. Great review, Siiri :)

  7. I too loved the world building and the romance I couldn't forget about. I love the binge reading a series but hardly I can wait to read until all are out or almost out

  8. Yes Yes Yes, Siiri! You have perfectly described every single thing I love about this series. Isn't it amazing when you love a book even more the second time around?!?

  9. I LOVED this series, too, Siiri! I'm thrilled you did, too. The romance, character growth and plot was just outstanding. Lovely review, Siiri! :)

  10. So happy you loved this! I am sad that the series is over but hey, for you it's not yet done (you haven't read ItSB yet, right?) ;D Though I suggest you change that soon because the last book was the best for me <3

  11. YES - my heart absolutely broke for Roar in this, and I cannot stop cheering Rossi for keeping Aria and Roar platonic in this series. Fantastic review, so happy to hear that you're enjoying the series!

  12. I can't wait to see what Into the Still Blue will be like. Veronica Rossi is a marvelous writer. I don't care if you like dystopian or not, go read this series! You won't regret it.

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