Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Release: January 8, 2013
Source: ARC from Epic Reads
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.
Despite its shaky world-building, Under the Never Sky was a fascinating and engrossing read. I grew to love Aria and Perry, and I found the world they inhabited absolutely terrifying. The second installment in the series, Through the Ever Night, begins with Aria and Perry reuniting. They've endured the odds, but bigger obstacles are yet to come.
Aria struggles to find acceptance with Perry's tribe. Understandably, there are those who are skeptical and those that begin to question Perry's ability as leader. This provides more tension, while Aria is (all the while) concerned with finding the Still Blue. The very safety of her and the tribe depend on it, as the Aether storms continue to rage.
For me, the romance between Aria and Perry went on the back-burner. Their love was still present and palpable, yes, but I what I love about this book was that it developed more of the world. Through the Ever Night made me love Roar, Talon, and others even more. Poor Roar. His story arc broke my heart, and I wanted nothing more than to cuddle him.
I think the struggles that Aria and Perry experience are expected, and necessary, but I have to admit it wasn't quite as engaging as the first installment. I do believe, though, that Through the Ever Night is the perfect bridge to the third (and final) book. It sets the stage nicely for an explosive ending. Let's just hope it meets expectations.
RATING: 4 SLICES