Book Rec: THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT

A stunning sequel that more than lives up to its predecessor…
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
(Find my review of Under the Never Sky HERE.)

From GoodreadsIt’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, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. With the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria fears 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.

A few days ago I was chatting with a some fellow book lovers about Dystopian Fatigue. I think most of it have felt it at one time or another — that mental sigh we experience when we hear about yet another new dystopian novel hitting the shelves. There are just so many dystopian-esque books that have recently come out, or are about to come out, and sometimes it’s hard to keep them all straight. It can be difficult to see each book as unique, and it’s a challenge to dive into yet another story set in one of those dystopic worlds that, for me at least, have a tendency to blend together.

I’m happy to report that this is definitely not the case with Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy. I am absolutely smitten with these books, their world, and their characters. Rossi seamlessly and brilliantly blends the oh-so-popular dystopian trend with strong elements of fantasy and romance, making her novels feel so original: fast-paced, atmospheric, and totally swoonworthy.

My very favorite thing about Through the Ever Night (a “middle” book that could have dragged but absolutely did not), is the way Rossi challenged Perry and Aria’s relationship. Sweeping external conflict combined with super emotional internal conflict made their romance so captivating and so real. I was rooting for them not just because their kisses are steamy and their banter is fun (both true), but because I could feel the way they cared about each other — deep down, and with everything in them.

I loved, too, the way Aria has grown and changed since we first met her in domed Reverie in Under the Never Sky. She was initially a difficult character for me to get behind, sheltered and self-centered and despondent as she was, and it’s been a joy to watch her transform into a strong, independent, caring person. I can’t wait to see what Into the Still Blue demands of her, not to mention Perry, Roar, Cinder, and the rest of Rossi’s fantastic cast of characters.

Through the Ever Night is most definitely a five star book, one lovers of romance, fantasy, and adventure will surely fall head over heals for. If you’ve yet to begin this amazing trilogy… What are you waiting for?!

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14 responses to “Book Rec: THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT

  1. I just sent this to our COTM winner at YAC. Sounds really good!

  2. Just read this one, myself – and loved it, too! Aria and Perry are fantastic – and I also love the wonderful friendship between Aria and Roar (I still need to read Roar and Liv’s eBook!).
    Now to have to wait one whole year for INTO THE STILL BLUE. Ho hum. Good thing there are a lot of great books to fill that time! Great review, Katy – hope you’ve been good!

    • I need to read Roar and Liv’s book too, and I’m especially excited about it now that I’ve seen what a loyal, upstanding, wonderful guy Roar is. I’m not sure if I prefer him or Perry, to be honest! All is well with me,

      Erin. I hope you’re doing great! 🙂

  3. I still haven’t read UNDER THE NEVER SKY, but I know I need to. Everyone raves about it.

    • Oh, Meredith, I bet you’ll love the first two books of this trilogy. They’re beautifully written and the characters are fantastic. I highly recommend it!

  4. Oh, I hate that I haven’t read this yet! Definitely next in the queue. What a lovely, hopeful review, Katy. I’ve felt the nip of dystopian fatigue, but I do love them and am always hopeful for one that feels unique and surprising. Looking forward to this sequel!

    • I bet you’ll love it, Carol. I am so impressed with Veronica Rossi’s plotting and prose, not to mention her magnetic characters. Writer envy!

  5. Your review is bang on! I actually liked THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT better than the first book, which is rare for a sequel. It was so well written in every way. I enjoyed the development in each individual character as well as in Perry and Aria’s relationship. Like you, Aria has grown on me quite a bit since UNDER THE NEVER SKY, and Perry’s struggles as leader of the Tides were some of my favourite parts in the story. I’m dying to read the third book!

    • I think I liked TtEN better than UtNS too, Erin! And I didn’t have super high expectations for it considering that it’s a middle book. Gosh… I LOVED it though. You’re right about Perry’s struggles with leading his people. His challenges felt so authentic, and I wanted him to succeed so badly! Cannot wait until INTO THE STILL BLUE!

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  7. You already know how much I loved this book, but I’ll say it again: I LOVE this book. 🙂 You are so right about it not suffering from middle book syndrome. I think I actually liked it better than the first one, which is such a rare thing in series. There is such a great cast of characters and I loved reading about all of them. Can’t wait to see where Rossi takes the story in Book 3! 🙂

    • Me too, Jaime! I was surprised to realize that I preferred this second book to the original as well. I can only imagine how fantastic INTO THE STILL BLUE might be!

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