Hello Little Darlings,
Today is Book Review Day!
“Through the Ever Night” by Veronica Rossi
Let me just start by saying that I have finished this series and am suffering from major book hangover. I didn’t want it to end. I kept turning the last few pages over and over hoping new words would just appear out of the thin air. I needed a “Ten Years Later…” epilogue. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters that I had fallen in love with. I’m mentioning this because this post my end up being unintentionally scattered. If that’s the case I apologize and now you know why.
Veronica Rossi, in my humble opinion, took a huge risk with the second book in this series. She got you to fall in love with the two main characters in the first book and then separated them for the majority of the second book; but here is why it worked. Through the journey of “Under the Never Sky” you became invested in these two characters as individuals, not just as a couple; so though it hurt to keep them a part, it had it’s higher purpose and you as the reader understood that. With the escalation of events there was no way Perry and Aria could have remained together and accomplished the major feats that needed to be completed. It was also a great test for each character to see what they were made of on their own. It tested Perry’s loyalty and old way of thinking. It tested Aria’s confidence and abilities.
I personally loved what this book did for my favorite heroine, Aria. It really showed what she was capable of without the help of her love interest. She came into her own. She became a confident, self-assured woman. She made the hard decisions and took action without anyone holding her hand. Rossi knows how to write a female character that you can respect and look up to. She is fierce, loyal, intelligent, gentle and most importantly REAL. Maybe that is why I loved Aria so much, she felt like some I could know. She felt like someone I could be if I was placed in those dire circumstances. At least I would hope I would be. I could gush on Aria all day long, but there is more to discuss.
The one thing that stuck out to me the most about this book were the individual story lines between Aria and Perry. They were so equally compelling that at the end of each chapter I wanted to skip ahead to see what happens, since the chapters go back and forth between the two main characters. However, by two paragraphs in the next chapter, I completely forgot about that. I was hooked again on the separate story. The pace was steady, yet thrilling and she never wasted a word. The action was just as charged, if not more so than the first book; and so were the feels even though the two love birds were hundreds of miles apart.
It was an opportunity to explore other relationships formed or spoken of in the first book that took a backseat to the love story. My only warning is that there will be some major blows to the heart in this one. Sacrifices will be made and lives lost, but all with purpose and none that will push you over the edge and make you want to strangle the author, (Cough, cough… Allegiant).
This book really upped the level of intensity, emotion, action, information, etc… Everything you’d want in a second novel, which usually seems to be the weakest link in the series chain. That can not be said of “Through the Ever Night”. It did a great job carrying through the story from the first book while perfectly setting up the events of the final installment in the series. I highly recommend it. It will not be the one in the series that you will have to “get through”, it will be the one you never want to end.
Here is the link to the book on Goodreads: