Review: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (No Spoilers!)

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Book Title/Author: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Book #2)
Publisher/Year
: HarperTeen January 8th  2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Yes — Under The Never Sky was the first book in the series.
Other Books From Author: Under the Never Sky (book 1)

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I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

Since Under the Never Sky, Aria & Perry have been apart from each other with much on their minds. When they are finally reunited, these problems certainly don’t fade away but are magnified. Perry’s troubles with gaining the respect as the Tides leader is even more in jeopardy with Aria’s arrival and the ever increasing frequency and strength of the Aether storms threatening their land. Aria, with the weight of Talon’s disappearance on her shoulders, knows she has to find the Still Blue for Hess to even have a shot at reuniting Talon & Perry. Aria faces the hard decision between staying with Perry (even though she knows her presence is causing trouble) or  leaving to find information about the Still Blue.

Upon finishing Through The Ever Night, I can say without a doubt, this is one of my favorite series right now and one that I’ve found myself recommending more than anything else! If you love dystopian novels, and even if you are burnt out on them, this series is where it is at. Under the Never Sky was a great debut (so great that when I got this in the mail back in September I read this IMMEDIATELY) but this book was what sealed the deal for me! I will say that you should do yourself a solid and reread Under the Never Sky because my memory was a bit foggy on how things ended.

Through The Ever Night took the notion of “second in the series syndrome” and squashed it. My heart just longs for a re-read when I think about how wonderful this book was. The action was intense and heart-pounding but this story was also ridden with quiet, sweet moments and just top-notch character development. We get to know our favorites better (Perry, Aria, Roar, Cinder) but we are introduced to new and memorable characters and reunited with some secondary characters — some whom play bigger parts this time around. Every page was filled with heart and emotion it seemed because I would find myself tearing up or gripping the pages out of anger or feeling incredibly panicked for the characters we love.

Veronica Rossi just knows how to tell a story — that’s all I feel like I can say because I don’t want to give away ANYTHING plot-wise. There were twists and turns and important things to be learned in this book. I loved Aria & Roar’s journey and some of my favorite moments were in those chapters– albeit things that made my heart hurt. I also really enjoyed learning more about Perry & the Tides and watching Perry assert himself as worthy of being leader. I felt like I really learned so much about Perry through these chapters. There was also some crazy dramarama in these chapters too and things that made me MAD! A LOT of meaningful things happen in this book but we are still left with some lingering questions by the end that set up for some really incredibly things for Into The Still Blue (2014? Really, V, really?? How about now?). I loved how the ending wrapped up — just perfectly with some things resolved but still so many things to look forward to.

Vagrant little things:
1. ROAR!! If you loved Roar in Under the Never Sky (are there people who didn’t?) you are going to be so excited because it’s like double the Roar here! I really loved getting to know him more and he’s one of my favorite characters of recent. He breaks out of that “sidekick” kind of mold that comes with being friends with the romantical couple and becomes just as important. His friendship with Aria in this novel is one thing I loved the most and I loved watching them struggle and triumph together.

2. In Under the Never Sky my ONE little problem was that I just felt like I was SO lost about the Aether — like I missed something.  Like I KIND of thought I knew what it was but really didn’t understand it and I felt like Rossi did an amazing job explaining the Aether more in a really natural way that made me be able to SEE it and understand the destruction it was capable of — which we DEFINITELY see in this novel!

3. The romance you ask? AHHH. I’m not telling! Nope! I’m not! I’ll say they’ve got their share of struggles in this one but I think this is one of my favorite couples ever.

4. Aria’s growth has been one of my favorite’s to watch in YA series.

I’m going to pretty much officially say I liked Through The Ever Night MORE which I rarely ever say about a book 2. Prepare to get your workout in turning those pages furiously because this was one of those books that are the epitome of words like “exhilarating” or ” riveting” (and ummm HEARTBREAKING at moments). But Veronica Rossi balances all of that action with truly incredibly characters who you just really fall in love with even more, some really tender moments and making your heart pitter patter with Perry & Aria’s romance. It’s just one of those addictive books that make me shut out Real Life in favor for an imaginative, dangerous journey with characters I wish were real. I love the worldbuilding, I love the characters, I love it all. This series is a favorite that I’ll keep on recommending for lovers of dystopian worlds with fantastical elements.

You May Also Like: Legend by Marie Lu, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

 

through-the-ever-nightLet’s Talk: Have you read this one?? Heard of it? Did you like Under the Never Sky better or Through The Ever Night? I have to ask..do you think there is a chance that a certain character is actually not dead??

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Jamie is a 28 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating gelato, listening to music with oversized headphones and teaching her niece how to be as awesome as she is.

Comments

  1. EXCELLENT review, girl! I freaking LOOOVED Roar in this! I mean.. his name is Roar.. what’s not to love? And I totally agree, I liked Through the Ever Night even more than the first book!

    • Thanks Ashley! Roar just stole the show in this one..he’s such a great character! MY HEART. I couldn’t believe I loved this more than UTNS!!

  2. Damn, I was going to ask this as a discussion question. Ha ha.

    I guess I can ask my readers where their favorite spot was to read growing up.

    I use to read in the car when my parents would go to grannys on the weekend. When I was little ivtried to read more then one book but would find myself liking one more then the other. I still catch myself doing it now especially if I get bored with a book. I’ve tried not to do it as often or at all.

  3. As you know, I LOVE THESE BOOKS TOO!

  4. GAH!!!! I had forgotten a little bit about how much I needed this book until I read this review. HOW CAN I POSSIBLY WAIT 4 MORE DAYS???? *rocks back and forth in fetal position and mutters “4 more days” several times for good measure*

  5. LOVED this even more than book 1! Definitely a thumbs up to all of the Roar. I just want to give him a big hug…..

    • YES. A BIG HUG. My heart!! I really didn’t think I could love this any more than UTNS but WEEEE! Into the Still Blue is going to be great!

  6. Fantastic review! I’ve been hearing so many AMAZING things about this book. I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on it. I normally hate second books, but it sounds like that isn’t going to be a problem at all. I can’t imagine liking this even more than Through the Ever Night, but everybody says that it’s better. AHH CAN’T WAIT.

  7. I liked Under the Never Sky all right, but was disappointed with a few things. However, every review of Through the Ever Night I’ve read has said it’s BETTER than the first book, so I still have hope that maybe I’ll fall in love with this series like everyone else has!

    • I was the same way…like I really liked UTNS but I had some issues as well (small obvi because I reallyyyy enjoyed UTNS) but this one just SEALED THE DEAL for me. I hope you find that to be your experience as well! :) Let me know for sure!

  8. I love Under the Never Sky so obv. I can’t wait for Through the Ever Night. Only a few more days, YAY! There are so many positive reviews for Through the Ever Night and since you liked it more than UtNS I really want to read it like NOW. 4 days is still too long of a wait! And YAY for more Roar and I like it that it’s a friendship between Aria and him, because I’m kinda tired of love triangles at the moment. Also, your last question about a certain character being dead makes me very anxious!

  9. I’m really glad to here Through The Ever Night doesn’t suffer from second book syndrome! I can’t wait to read this one Jan 8th great review :)

  10. *sobs in hands* WHY? You would see THE DEATH OF MY SOUL for the sake of posting this review early?! These tears are not for joy but SUFFERING.

    Whatever I did, I’M SORRY.

  11. You know when you’re trying to write a review for a book and you read a friend’s review that basically sums up your feelings PERFECTLY that you feel like you shouldn’t even write one because there’s nothing more to say. Whelp, that’s me right this very moment. What you said x 1,000,000 –> I definitely feel the same way and LOVED this book. I felt a little lost about the aether, too, in the first book, but this time, I was like BAM — understood! Great review, Jamie! xoxo

  12. I just finished chapter 1 and I’m hooked! Need to get back to it right now!

  13. Great review!! I am SO excited for this book. I just read Under the Never Sky a few weeks ago and I’ve been pretty much counting down until I can read this one. Now the big question is – when I buy Through the Ever Night and Just One Day tomorrow.. which one do I read first? :)

  14. I don’t know that I was completely sold on Under The Never Sky – I felt like there was just too much happening in this book and it didn’t really make all that much sense to me until about half way through, but I do want to find out what happens in Through The Ever Night all the same! I am glad to see you enjoyed this – I am hoping to read this a bit later this month! *fingers crossed*

  15. Oh Thank God! I’ve been looking forward to this one, but was sort of terrified it would let me down like several other recent trilogy second books (cough, Insurgent, cough).

    I reread Under the Never Sky a couple months ago and enjoyed it more than the first reading – I knew I wasn’t going to find out more about the Aether and just went with it. Glad to know she completes more of the world building puzzle in book 2.

  16. Terri Bynum says:

    What a fab review! I adored UTNS, your feedback on this second one is much appreciated-and WOW, you really gave it its due!!

    Excellent advice on reading #1 again, going to get on that.

    :)

  17. GOSH. I can’t wait for this one. I won a signed finished copy of this one from the lovely EpicReads ladies but it hasn’t arrived yet and I literally go to my front porch like fifteen times per day, no exaggeration, because I’m ready to shove everything aside to start this one. I just did an audiobook re-read of Under the Never Sky and then I went straight to the little Roar and Liv novella so I feel like I’m all READY TO GO. Hurry, mailman, I’m ready for this book because I hear it’s even better than the first one!!! Seriously, one of my most anticipated books of the year, which is BIG because it is so early and there are SO MANY good ones coming out. EEK it makes me happy that you liked it so much because we tend to read similarly!!

  18. This book is great. Better than UNDER THE NEVER SKY. Aria and Perry are great together. I am very excited for the last book. :)

  19. OMG I just finished Through the Ever Night and you couldn’t be more right about it being so much better than the 1st. I loved the first, but this one was like a punch in the stomach! I’m in a serious post Perry & Aria funk now I can’t wait until 2014! Can you recommend any other books that may have simliar romance to their’s? I really loved how slowly it built and then jsut exploded seemingly out of no where! Your reviews are awesome, thanks so much for them!!

  20. Such an awesome review! I’m so excited to read book #3!!!

  21. Oh man I feel the same way about this beauty! Aria and Roar’s friendship is one of the best i’ve read about in a series in so long. I love it!

    Great review!

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