2013 is a BIG year for YA releases and a REALLY BIG year for Releases I’m Really Excited About. We kicked off with TEETH by Hannah Moskowitz (which I ordered and haven’t received yet, so that review will come probably on Sunday) and last night, at 12:23 am, my nook downloaded my pre-ordered copy of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi.
Yes, the cover is ridiculous. So was UNDER THE NEVER SKY’s. I’m forgiving the covers because they’re aiming for a younger demographic than me (I’m almost 26!?). I admit that if I was a 15yr old girl, this image of Perry walking through what appear to be cascading ribbons would be really enticing. So. Point there.
UNDER THE NEVER SKY was the first book in this trilogy and was the story of Aria who lives in a world where she can virtually jump into any type of world she wants through a prosthetic attachment over her eye called a Smarteye. During an excursion outside the safety of their domed world, Aria and her friends get into a bit of scrap while ultimately lands Aria as an exile, dumped in the Outside where she believes she can’t survive. Meanwhile, outsider Peregrine of the Tides is searching for his kidnapped nephew when he stumbles upon Aria. They strike a deal to help Aria get back to her people if she helps him get his nephew Talon back.
If you predicted they fall in love, excellent job.
If you predicted that things are not quite as simple as “get Aria’s smart eye fixed, get Talon, go home, everyone’s happy”, good job.
The romance was cleverly written with neither character really realizing what was happening other than they hated each other LESS than they did before (and holy crap did they hate each other). It was beautiful and simple and if I posted quotes, they’d be spoilers so just go read the book.
THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT talk under the cut for possible spoilers!
Ultimately, I give the book a 4 out of 5 stars when I would have only given UTNS a 3 out of 5 stars. This did NOT have Second Book Syndrome. This was awesome, heart wrenching and heart pounding, fast paced, and I couldn’t put it down. I started reading at 12:23 and finished at 1:44am. I’m a fast reader and it isn’t incredibly long, but still, that’s under an hour and a half for a YA fantasy, which means I couldn’t slow down.
If you’re a fan, I recommend it! I don’t normally write reviews and I had a LOT OF FEELS after this book, in which I lay on my back, stared at the ceiling, and told myself that I waited a year for this, I can wait a year for Into the Still Blue, but I don’t know if I can. Must. Get. An. Arc.