Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Published by HarperCollins (1.8.2013)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Source: I own it
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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.
For some reason it took me a while to get into this one. In the beginning I was having some trouble connecting; I’m not sure if it was just me or if it was the writing style. But it definitely got better!
My favorite part of this series is the world. It’s so unique! I love the terminology and the idea of it, especially the Senses – Seers, Scires, and Audiles. The ability of a Scire to smell tempers fascinates me. I’m not sure whether being an Aud would be a curse or a blessing, though.
I felt really awful for Aria for the majority of the book. In the Tides clan she was treated with mistrust and outright hatred, and she felt like an outcast who couldn’t fit in anywhere. Couldn’t fit with the Outsiders for being part Dweller, couldn’t fit with the Dwellers for being part Outsider. How terrible would that be, to be stuck halfway? The racism toward her made my blood boil. I wanted to punch a few of the tribe members for their horrible treatment of her.
The relationships in this book were very well fleshed out and realistic. It’s clear that Aria and Perry care deeply for each other, but at the same time they had many problems and at times they didn’t know where they stood with one another. I was a bit disappointed in Perry, though, for doubting Aria so much. And I hated Kira for taking advantage of that. Actually, I despised her! Every scene she was in I felt myself getting defensive on behalf of Aria, and I wanted to leap through the pages and throttle the skank. If a man is obviously taken, and has made it verbally clear, then back off!!
Roar and Aria’s relationship was special, too. At times I thought it was going to develop into a love triangle, but I was pleased that it didn’t. They just have an extremely close (yet strictly platonic) relationship. But I liked how gender didn’t matter, they were best friends and nothing more. I love those kind of relationships, because most books would have gone for the love triangle, making it seem like it’s not possible for boys and girls to be just friends. (IT IS POSSIBLE. REALLY.) It was refreshing.
I enjoyed meeting the Six – Perry’s bodyguards. Their loyalty to him was endearing and they supported him no matter what. I loved the banter between them, it made me giggle!
It was interesting to finally meet Liv, after all the hype about her. She wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like her, but she turned out alright. That’s all I’m going to say about that, because I don’t want to get into spoiler territory!
I’m interested to get my hands on book 3 and see what the Still Blue is like!
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Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.
That was what she wanted. It was her Still Blue, and every breath she took, every second that passed, she could choose to fight for it, or not. She realized it was no choice at all. She would always fight.
Love was like waves in the sea, gentle and good sometimes, rough and terrible at others, but that it was endless and stronger than the sky and the earth and everything in between.
She’d been seeking the comfort of a place. Of walls. A roof. A pillow to rest her head on. Now she realized that the people she loved were what gave her life shape, and comfort, and meaning. Perry and Roar were home.
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5