Published on: January 8th 2013
Published by: HarperCollins
Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
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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)
(summary from Goodreads)
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?
It seems to be happening a lot at the moment that the second book in a YA trilogy does not live up to the first. It becomes a ‘sleeper’ book, and feels to be just a filler in between an amazing beginning and fantastic ending. Thankfully that is not what happens here, in fact I think this book is even better then its predecessor.
“Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.”
Rossi manages to find the perfect balance between action moments and emotional moments, and she takes the time to really develop the characters in this book and lets us really get to know them and leaving us in agony when we reach the end of the book and realise we have to wait for the next book!
Our characters have really grown since this trilogy started. Perry finally found the strength to do what he must in order to become Blood Lord of the Tides. However nothing is ever easy, and he really struggles with the responsibility of keeping his people alive through the tough times they are facing.
“Do you ever miss anything?”
Perry smiled. “You, all the time.”
Aria has (thankfully) become a much more interesting character then she initially started out as in the first book. She is no longer spoilt and sheltered but strong and independent. She knows what she wants and needs to do and she does it, no questions asked.
“A good dream was something you clung to until the last moment before waking”
Aria and Perry don’t spend as much of this book together, unlike the first one, but their relationship is still strong. However, whereas in Under the Never Sky they only had each other’s acceptance to deal with, in this book they have to fight for the Tides acceptance, which sometimes puts them in some dangerous situations.
“She could look at him forever. She could spend her life watching him just blink and breathe that near to her.”
Roar, a character who we met in Under the Never Sky, really shines in this book as a very likable character. He spends a lot of time with Aria, helping her and protecting her. I must say, it was refreshing to have a boy-girl-boy friendship between Roar, Aria and Perry that didn’t turn into a love triangle. Roar is Aria’s friend, and cares for her greatly, but as a friend only. End of it. He was a perfect character to put some of the fun into the more serious moments in this book, although unfortunately he does have his share of tragic moments too.
“I won’t be chased by the sky.”
This book really holds it’s own and does a brilliant job of continuing on from Under the Never Sky. It has action, it has romance, it has heartbreak. Rossi doesn’t play it easy and make everything ‘happily ever after’, our characters suffer, but through that suffering we are able to connect with them more and it makes this story that much more powerful.
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Fantasy, forbidden romance, incredible fantasy worlds