Review “Into the Still Blue” – Veronica Rossi

April 7, 2014 Book Review, Initial Reaction 2

Review “Into the Still Blue” – Veronica RossiInto the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
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Published on: January 28th 2013
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 392
Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Under the Never Sky trilogy. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess doand they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival—he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

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Initial Reaction

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My Thoughts

Any authors looking for tips on how to end a series, look no further…Veronica Rossi is a master. In the finale to this amazing trilogy Rossi gives us exactly what we have been craving since we first met Aria & Perry: the perfect ending to one of the most epic love stories I have ever read.

“We all have the potential to do terrible things. But we also have the potential to overcome our mistakes.”

Aria really came into herself in this book. She is forced to make sacrifices, and instead of turning into the pathetic and slightly annoying girl she was in the first book, she becomes a stronger person and through that a leader in her own right. For Perry, this final book shows him just how far he is prepared to go for those he loves, and that it is love and not duty that propels him in his task to get his people to the Still Blue.

“Fear is dangerous. It sparks violence much faster than anger.”

Unlike the previous book Aria and Perry spend most of this book together, and it allows them to really grow as a couple. Together Aria & Perry have had plenty to overcome, and it doesn’t ease off in this book. There are some VERY emotional moments for them but there are also some very sweet and I really loved how much they had developed since book one and what a great team they made.

“What I was trying to say,” he whispered, “is that I see you in everything. There isn’t a word for you that means enough, because you’re everything to me.”

This series has always had great secondary characters and features one of my all time favourites: Roar. This book is a complete emotional roller coaster for him, and there were times that I just wanted to reach into the book and give him a hug. I always hate it when one of my favourite characters has to go through so much pain. I really love Roar’s relationship with Aria throughout this entire series. A friendship with no hint of romance, no love triangle, just two great characters with a really great friendship to read about.

“I want to kiss you,” he said. Forget pride. He wanted her too much “Can I?”
She nodded. “You don’t’ ever have to ask me that again. I’ll always say yes.”

Soren grew on me a lot in this book. He started the series a very spoilt and annoying character, but he is really pushed to limits in the book and I am happy to report that he too is able to grow past the spoilt little boy persona and finally find a place for himself. He becomes quite comical in this book, in the absence of Roar’s humour and I found myself actually quite liking him by the end.

Cinder, another character who has been put through so much throughout this entire series but his heart is full of love, and like with Perry, in this book he realises just how much he will do for those he cares about. I love Cinder from the start, even when we weren’t sure about him, I just kind of knew that he was going to be something special.

“Try to sleep. Tomorrow’s coming, whether we worry about it or not.”

There are so many other characters in this series that I love, but to talk about them all would make this a very long review. So as a whole what can I say? Rossi has this amazing talent at creating characters that we can love or hate, characters that we route for or one we detest with everything in us. Characters we cry with through the painful times, laugh with through the happy and swoon over through the ‘lovey-dovey’ moments. But all in all characters who we will stick with through thick and thin because we just can’t bare to leave them.

“There is no way forward that isn’t through pain.”

The story follows the typical dystopian/fantasy world, girl & boy who fall in love and end up leading a rebellion story that we are getting a lot of at the moment. But that’s were the similarities stop, because I have never read about a world as impressive as Rossi’s, both beautiful and brutal at the same time.

“We started this thing together. That’s how we’re going to finish it.”

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Final Thoughts

Rossi’s skills at not just building and developing worlds but characters makes this book what it is, and along with a seriously addictive story I don’t think anyone could justify putting this book, or even series, down before finishing it.

Re-Readability: Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Fantasy, forbidden romance, incredible fantasy worlds

Rating Loved it

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2 Responses to “Review “Into the Still Blue” – Veronica Rossi”

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Ditto, my favourite too. It really was a brill ending, had a bit of everything really. I found myself needing to cry, laugh, smile and growl all at the same time! Haha 🙂