So I’m giving the second book in the Under the Never Sky series 4.5 stars. Rereading my review of Under the Never Sky – Book 1 – I found that the same things I had issue with in the first, really aren’t explained anymore in depth in book 2, but I just seriously couldn’t put this book down. There was so much that happened and I know I can’t explain it all in this review, so I’m going to focus on a few things and then just let you read it and fall in love too!
Again, the characters in this book had me feeling all of the things.
In Through the Ever Night, we pick up shortly after the last page of Under the Never Sky. Aria and Perry are reunited and things have changed. Perry is now the Blood Lord of the Tides. There are expectations of him that he never worried about before. The ultimate goal that both Perry and Aria share is to find the Still Blue. Perry needs to find it for The Tides and everyone who lives there and Aria needs to find it so that she can free Talon, Perry’s nephew. She’s being blackmailed by Consul Hess with the safety of Talon. An unlikely alliance ends up making all the difference for them in the end.
As in Under the Never Sky we get alternating points of view with each new chapter, and it really works.
As a dweller, Aria is living in Perry’s world. She tries to fit in but no one is making it easy on her and eventually for the safety of all she has to make a decision that broke my heart.
Perry is trying to fit into the roll of Blood Lord and he’s struggling. He’s never been in charge of people like this before, they depend on him for survival and I think it’s different than he expected it would be.
By page 5, I was already swooning over Perry again.
Perry held her against him. “I missed you,” he whispered in her ear. He couldn’t hold her close enough. “I should never have let you go. I missed you so much.”
and he kept swooning me almost through the entire book…
His eyes were heavy with desire, but she saw something else. A gleam that made her suspicious.
“what?” she asked.
His hands slid to her hips. “You’re incredible.”
“That’s not what you were thinking.”
“Was so. I always think that.” He leaned in twisting a strand of her hair around his finger as he kissed her bottom lip. “But I was also wondering what you were doing around Butter today.”
Aria laughed. That was attractive. She smelled like horse. “Do you ever miss anything?”
Perry smiled. “You, all the time.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME PERRY!!
Roar is one of my favorite characters. I love the relationship he has with both Perry and Aria in this book. He’s such a bright spot and adds such a lighthearted feel to some of the heavier spots in this book and he’s an incredible friend. At most times I found him to be the strongest character of the three.
He’s loved Perry’s sister for so long, and he’s been searching for her for over a year. If you remember, Vale traded her for supplies for the Tides to Sable and she never arrived, protesting the idea that she was simply something to barter. His search continues in this book and I wanted to hate Liv from the first time we meet her, but I just couldn’t because of the way he felt for her. I have to say… hopefully this isn’t giving anything away, but I hope that we haven’t seen the last of her (I have predictions people!! Or maybe they are hopes and dreams?? LOL)
I don’t want to get into too much, as it is, this review is already kind of spoilerish but let me say that the character growth in this second book is wonderful. I can’t say enough how much I adored what Rossi has done.
This has left me dying to know more… I felt all the emotions of the characters. Rossi had me swooning, smiling, laughing and then in the next chapter I was angry, sad, and heartbroken. That to me makes a great book and a great story.
I’m excited to see where the next book in this series goes. I know Cinder will be playing a huge part of that, and I’m excited to see more of Perry and Aria’s relationship. How he manages his feelings for her and at the same time comes into his own as Blood Lord of The Tides. I predict that it will not be easy, but I can’t wait.
I’m obviously leaving big parts out of this review because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Just please go read Under the Never Sky if you haven’t so you’ll be ready to dive into this one when it comes out in January, 2013.
Veronica Rossi – you’ve made me a total fangirl.
BIG BIG THANK YOU to EPIC READS for the ARC!!