Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi Well, finally after a series of disappointing sequels this year ([b:Rebel Heart|13042154|Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)|Moira Young||18206269], [b:Insurgent|11735983|Insurgent (Divergent, #2)|Veronica Roth||15524542], [b:The Calling|11765920|The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)|Kelley Armstrong||13535869]) I've found a book that was even better than its predecessor. I think Rossi has gone even further with this installment, building on her characters and their relationships with one another, creating a number of funny, sad and ultimately memorable little moments that made me even more invested in the bigger picture. What she does best here is get the balance right between fast-paced action/adventure scenes and character development, I now have no doubt in my mind as to whether I'll be reading the next book.

In [b:Through the Ever Night|13253276|Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)|Veronica Rossi||18454415], Perry and Aria face many challenges to their relationship and to their lives. Now that Perry is Blood Lord of the Tides, he carries all the responsibility for the welfare of his people and it turns out to be a very heavy burden. Not only that, but the Tides are not so ready to welcome Aria and some of them begin to question whether Perry is a suitable leader or too governed by his heart. Roar becomes an even more prominent character too (and possibly my favourite) and I really liked the way Rossi managed to successfully write a platonic and convincing relationship between male and female characters of roughly the same age - this doesn't happen too often unless the guy is the stereotypical "gay friend".

Another thing I noticed - and was a refreshing change to the genre - is that the author allows bad stuff to happen. What I mean by this is that the good guys don't always get what they want and sometimes things don't end with a happily ever after - I just appreciate this more realistic approach to storytelling. In real life, not everything works out for the good people and Rossi shows that here.

The funny thing is, that of all those sequels I was looking forward to, [b:Through the Ever Night|13253276|Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)|Veronica Rossi||18454415] was the one I was anticipating the least for some reason. But this suspenseful, action-packed read was pretty fabulous, I don't think fans of the first will have anything to worry about because this sequel takes all the elements that we loved from [b:Under the Never Sky|11594257|Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)|Veronica Rossi||15093785] and multiplies them by a hundred. I enjoyed it immensely and I can't imagine I will be forgetting the hilarious duet scene with Aria and Roar for a long while.

Before reading:

Who is this dude and what has he done with Perry?

Okay, firstly: "His hair looked like it had never seen a brush. Snarled blond ropes, all uneven in length and color, coiling in every direction." - pg 110 Um, so not only has he shopped at Abercrombie & Fitch since the last book, he's also found time for a cut and dye job.

Secondly, this is totally not the Perry I was picturing after the first cover was:


All shirtless and wild hair and perhaps you can't just ask people this but I can't help myself so: