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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the audiobook of Under the Never Sky, the first book in this series by Veronica Rossi. You can read that review here. Well, I definitely loved the book and was very excited to see that this one was releasing soon. And I dove right into it pretty quickly after it released. Surprisingly, I decided to move forward with the audiobook even though I hadn't particularly cared for the narrator in the first book. But there was a different narrator in this one, so I took a shot.

Here's the 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?

What I Liked: 1) Great secondary characters. So many times in books, once the main characters start to develop a relationship, in this case, Perry and Aria, we rarely see any more development of their relationships with others. But due to some of the plot twists in this story, Aria spends a lot of time with Roar, who is best described as Perry's best friend (if Blood Lords have friends?) and I loved the friendship that developed between these two. It was a very important part of the story to see how Aria is starting to fit in with the Outsiders, and not just accepted (to an extent) because of her relationship with Perry. 2) Once again I liked Aria. Her awesome development that was started in Under the Never Sky just continued in Through The Ever Night, as she is learning and developing her courage and her strength, without having Perry to lean on this time. I think she sets a great example for YA readers. She's also grown into someone I find to be very realistic and one of those "book friends" that I will enjoy revisiting! 3) I love it when I find things in books that make a good message. There are so many wonderful things to take away from this book, in addition to it just being an enjoyable place to spend a few hours. But the loyalty and love that these character exemplify is astounding, moving, and heartbreaking at times. And it isn't just the main characters. Secondary characters like Roar, Talon, and Liv have the ability to tug at your heartstrings just as much. 4) I haven't spoken much about the plot, because in my opinion, the characters outshine it simply because how well they've been written. The plot delivers a seamless transition from book one, with near perfect pacing and plenty of surprises. If you think you know what to expect from this book 2, I'm here to tell you, you have no idea.

What I Didn't Like: Once again, I thought this was a poor choice of a narrator. Under the Never Sky was narrated by a woman, who did not sound like she was anywhere near Aria's age. Well, Through The Ever Night was narrated by a man with the same problem. He did not accurately represent Perry, in my opinion. But, I knew it was a possibility since I had found this to be the case with the first book.

Overall Thoughts: Veronica Rossi's debut series is rising the ranks of my favorite books. All the elements that I personally love about books come together in her second book, Through The Ever Night. These characters are supremely real, and the plot is full of surprises that all come together in a very satisfying way and will leave you clamoring for me. (Yeah, I totally used the word clamoring.)

My Rating: 5 shots

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