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[Book Review] - Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night
   Author: Veronica Rossi
   Series: #2 - Under the Never Sky
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: January 8th, 2013
   My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

     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? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

My Review:

(Warning: May contain spoilers, if you haven't read Under the Never Sky)
     Through the Ever Night was a hard book to put a rating on. I loved the complication in this book, and the longing to see more of Aria and Perry together. However there is another pair that meet for the first time, Roar and Liv, and while I enjoyed them together I longed for Roar unlike what I thought I would. Where the first book created a unity between Aria and Perry, this book strips that and creates a passion and a longing unlike anything I've read. I loved how the characters are imperfect in this book, they are human, realistic, and ultimately painstakingly heartbroken.

     The book picks up shortly after Under the Never Sky, and Perry has heard the rumor that Aria is out in the wilds again. As the Boodlord of The Tides, a great deal of pressure and stress is put onto Perry's shoulders. Furthermore add Aria to the picture and adds to his pressure and stress. However the stress and pride comes to an end when the tribe begins to doubt Aria and Perry. At first when they decided to keep their relationship a secret from the tribe I wasn't too thrilled with the idea, but when the reality sets in with how the tribe would react I understand why they did it. Ultimately I would probably do the same thing if I was in their position and knew how the tribe would react.

     Aria was the one character that I thought changed the most in this book. It wasn't a bad change either or that her character completely flipped around 180; it was a change that showed more depth and pain to her character. The turmoil leaving Perry with the tribe and going her own way with Roar to find Liv and the so called myth The Still Blue. I was looking forward to Aria and this was by far the most anticipated female character this year, and I loved the work Rossi did in this book.

     Than my favorite character in this book, Roar. He goes with Aria and works on his relationship with her and Perry. He's her comfort zone and Rossi weaves him greatly as this support character for Aria but still a great frontal character. Roar isn't that typical "gay" support character that most authors use when dealing with a guy/girl relationship, and it's that effort and reality that makes Roar great. After a death in the book (who will remain nameless) the pain on Roar is so great. He's so mortified that Aria is the one comforting him, and the rolls swap. Its the play between the two that is so great that make Roar well defined and ultimately his emotions and voice carry loudly in this book.

     The other point I wanted to make about this book was the realism. With the search for tall and The Still Blue, Aria and Perry's relationship is put on the line. Their turmoil and the struggles with who they are and what they mean to each other show clearly on every action and facial expression in this book. As well, the events that play out near the end (without giving any spoilers) doesn't go altogether perfectly for the main characters. There is parts that end the book great and ultimately they do achieve part of their goal, but there is a cost. A cost that takes a toll on both characters, and those around; it makes them weaker, but it's also what makes them stronger and more realistic.

     If you haven't read Under the Never Sky or Through the Ever Night I strongly suggest it. There is a great relationship, and well rounded characters that will leave you asking for more. I absolutely cannot wait for Into the Still Blue next year and it'll be one of the first of the new series of the year that I'll read as soon as I get my hands on it. Rossi is a great author and I highly recommend them to anyone who is a fan of a good dystopian/sci-fi novel. 
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