Official Stuff –
Author – Veronica Rossi
Pages – 341
Publisher – HarperCollins
Series – Under the Never Sky
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 and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
Ashley’s Rating – 4 Stars
Okay, so: Through the Ever Night. Sigh. I love that this book begins at almost the exact moment UtNS ends. We don’t begin with our heroes wondering where each other are and fighting to get back to one another because, spoilers ahead: that happens at the end of the first book. Perry and Aria separate when she gets to the compound where her mother was. I’m serious: SPOILERS COMING. During the search her mother Aria also finds out a deep, dark secret: her mother has been experimenting on Outsiders. Not only that, she fell in love with one. The result? Yeah, it was Aria. Aria is not only part Outsider, but she’s also Marked. It doesn’t take long for her and Perry to realize she’s an Aud (Adudible: able to hear long distances). The first thing she hears, loud and clear, is Perry’s heart beating (OMG SWOON).
Now they’ve found each other again and Perry is adamant about bringing Aria home to meet the figurative family. While she’s been dealing with the death of her mother, Perry has been overcoming the death of his brother and the fact that he is not Blood Lord of the Tides. Basically Perry found out some stuff about his brother, killed him, and took his spot. Yeah, this book is rough.
Perry and Aria decide to keep their relationship a secret from the Tides, which turns out to be a good idea because everyone hates her. They know she’s a Dweller and don’t care that she’s been kicked out or that she’s Marked. They hate her so much that during the ceremony where she’s to get a tattoo proving her ability someone poisons the ink and she almost dies. Things pretty much go downhill after that. The Tides are rebelling against Perry, Aria is feeling guilty, and Roar (Perry’s BFF) just wants to find his long lost love Liv. Say that three times fast.
In the midst of all this Perry, Aria, and everyone else in this whole book have one common goal: find the Still Blue. It’s rumored that through a curtain of Aether there is a part of the earth that is still habitable. Aria has promised Hess (the jerk that kicked her out of her compound) that she’d help him find it in exchange for Perry’s nephew. Perry wants to help her so he can get Talon back, but also because he wants to take the Tides there to live happily ever after.
Aria wants to leave the Tides to finish her mission and Perry want to ditch his tribe to help her, but she doesn’t give him the chance. During an attack from another group Aria and Roar take off without Perry in search of the Still Blue and Liv.
After all of that a shipment of food and supplies shows up from one of the other Blood Lords confirming that, not only is Perry’s sister alive, but she’s made it to her betrothed and is planning to marry the jerk that Perry’s brother basically sold her to. Yeah, Vale was an ass.
Okay *deep breath*, that’s a lot of information. This book has a lot going on, I’m not going to lie. The alternating chapters are so fast-paced and full of emotions that it’s hard not to get sucked in. It’s so evident how Aria has grown to spoiled Dweller to complete badass in this second book. Yeah, she loves Perry, but she know what’s best for the greater good. She’s thinking about everyone else instead of focusing solely on her relationship with Perry and that’s pretty impressive for a heroine in a YA/NA novel, you know? In turn, we see Perry grow into a great leader after Aria and Roar leave. He’s broken and pissed, but he does a great job of channeling that into saving his people. You should probably know that I really love character development and I love it in these two.
It’s even better when they meet again and have to figure out how to work together, use each other’s strengths, and trust one another completely. They still get to be a couple, to be cute and romantic, but they never lose sight of the end goal, and that is what I enjoyed so much about these books. It’s not a mushy romance, it’s two people learning how to deal with life, and how to do it together. And it’s good.