Title: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Published: January 13th, 2013 by HarperCollins
Source: Purchased for Kindle
Genre: Dystopian | Romance
Age group: Young adult
Challenge(s): Finish the Series
Grade rate: A+
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? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
I fell in love with Under the Never Sky (see my review here). It wasn’t love at first sight, the first chapters were very strange to read, but once Perry and Aria were together, it all fell into place for me. Through the Ever Night does not suffer from the second book syndrome at all. On the contrary, it’s a fascinating story that sets the events for the conclusion of the series.
As the nice blurb for the book states, the book starts after the winter, when Aria travels to the Tides to meet Perry. Aria is not exactly welcomed with open arms into their mist and things start to get very difficult for Perry.
The story is once again told from Aria and Perry’s point of view. This is a good thing since Aria and Perry are not together for most of the book. I know, I know, but don’t despair, because the book is still awesome. Aria is a great character that has come a long way from the ignorant dweller that she was in the first book. She is loyal, loving, courageous, and tries to do her best to find the Still Blue for Perry.
Perry is a man of few words, but when he talks all listen. He is a romantic at heart and his heart belongs to Aria. Well done Ms. Rossi *insert applause here* I’m so happy that our couple did not fall in a bizarre love triangle. It would have been so easy to have them fall for someone else and I’m so glad you didn’t take that road. Perry has learned a lot about being a leader and I’m glad the Tides know that he wants to do the best by them.
Oh, Roar! My heart bleeds for you. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, so I won’t. Roar is a handsome, easygoing, funny devil. He’s like Perry’s brother and Aria’s sister. We get to be a little more familiar with other characters from the Tides, like Molly, Willow, Bear and with ‘The Six’. Can I tell you how I despise Sable. He’s cunning manipulative, and too smart (you know, like the evil sort of smart). The In general, the Horns tribe is awful.
It is a true testament to Rossi’s writing that the story manages to grab the reader and not let go, especially when, for most of it Perry and Aria are not together. The plot is so incredibly good. It’s complicated by politics, leaders, followers, storms, fire, love, and hate. The writing is a gem, beautiful, and easy to read. The ending left a lot of unsaid words and open issues, but at least it was not a big cliffhanger.
Through the Ever Night is a sequel to be reckoned with, an addition to the series and to the story, and no a ‘filler’ book. I love this series and I cannot wait for Into the Still Blue.
Some quotes for you:
“Love was like the waves in the sea, gentle and good sometimes, rough and terrible at others, but that it was endless and stronger than the sky and earth and everything in between.”
“It didn't matter if Aria was hundreds of miles away, or whether she'd hurt him, or said goodbye, or anything else. Nothing would change the way he felt. The moment Aria had taken his hand on the roof at Marron's, she'd changed everything. No matter what happened, she'd always be the one”
“The Aether flowed, corded and angry, giving the night a blue, marbled glow. After the storm, the calm skies had only held for a day. Now there was little difference between day and night anymore. Days were darkened by clouds and the blue cast of Aether. Nights were brightened by the same. They flowed together, the edges blurring into an endless day. An ever night.”
About the cover: These covers are so beautiful and this one is no exception.
Have you read this series? What did you think? Do you like dystopians?