Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Review: Through the Ever Night (Re-read)

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by HarperCollins
Source: Bought

Book Description:

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? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.


Review:

This series is one of the many reasons why I have a love-hate relationship with ARC's. I first read Under the Never Sky on November of 2011, two months before its official release. I fell in love with Aria and Perry so hard and it was on my top10 reads of 2011, so you can just imagine the agony of having to wait one year and two months just to read this book. I remember constantly refreshing its Amazon page on the day of its release so I could download it to my cloudreader immediately because I'm paranoid about pre-ordering things online. I loved Through the Ever Night on the first read, almost as much as I loved the first book. I didn't think I could've loved it even more and had I not reread this after all those months ago, I wouldn't have been able to prove myself wrong. This book, Through the Ever Night, is immaculate! The last middlebook I went ballistic over was Catching Fire so it really made me teary-eyed to find another book to add to that list.

Through the Ever Night actually started out slow for me but it was just as well because I wanted to savor every moment and every scene of the book. Picking up from where the first book left off, Aria and Perry are reunited together in book two. Really, this should be a dream come true for me but with Perry struggling as the new Blood Lord of the Tides and the Tides hating Aria for being a Dweller, their relationship wouldn't be taken kindly by his people so both kept their relationship hidden. These two are a favorite couple so it was really frustrating to see them not acknowledging their feelings for each other. However, the very few times they shared together made things even more extra special. But still, they might be together but they might as well be separated. And separated, they were. Aria and Roar set off to rescue Liv, leaving Perry (and the readers) miserable and brokenhearted.

Through the Ever Night is really about how Perry and Aria develop as individual characters. We saw them work together in book one so book two delves deeper into their own distinct characters. We see how Perry copes up with being a Blood Lord. His motives and decisions are constantly questioned by his people. He's trying his best not to be like his late brother who sacrifices his own people for the betterment of the majority however, the results are not always as good as the motives. The saddest thing about this is that he has no Aria or Roar to go to. The longing he felt for Aria was almost palpable. This is where his loyalty to Aria is tested too what with the new characters clouding over his judgment and one even trying to seduce him.

Aria, too, has grown so much. The time she spent with Roar made they their friendship so much stronger, rivaling that of Perry and Roar. But also, it made her character stronger and independent as well. She was Roar's rock through all the tragedy that happened to him. Plenty of times, my heart broke for the characters; for Aria, Perry and most especially Roar and Liv. Seriously, Roar and Liv. We all loved Roar's easy character in the first book but here, we see him at his very worst.

You better prepare your kleenex, hot choco with marshmallows on top and your most huggable stuffed toys because you'll need a lot of serious cuddling after reading this book. This is a very exhausting read but tb the end of this book,I was teary-eyed, both satisfied and disheartened by the events that transpired but also both dreading and anticipating the last book in the series.

Rating: 5/5/ stars!

4 comments:

  1. Eeep! I should really reread this series soon, esp bc I just got an e-galley of Into the Still Blue. I cannot wait to read it, though I am sad to see the series end. I hope I like it, and you as well, when you read it!

    Oh, and great review, btw. I actually haven't reviewed these books because every time I attempt to, I just end up fangirling. Kudos! :)

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    1. Yes, yes! You have to reread it before you read ITSB! Ugh I'm dying to read ITSB but I don't want the series to end... yet. :(

      Thanks! It was hard for me to review this too as I kept on gushing about it, lol.

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  2. I loved this one too even if I wanted more romance ;) But it's good to good to see the characters grow as individuals and be apart for a while since I think it made their love stronger. Excellent review, Chel!

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    1. I know, Z! The romance here is such a tease! I hope they get their fair share of romance in the third book.

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