Monday, January 28, 2013

Through the Ever Night.

Title/Author: Through the Ever Night.

Genre: YA/Post Apocalpytic/Dystopian.

Publisher: Harper.

Source: Oblong Books.

Favorite character: Aria and Perry.

Synopsis:  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, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

My Thoughts:  I usually don't get excited over sequels.  Even if I intend to read them, I'll usually wait a long time.  With Through the Ever Night however, I was looking forward to finding out how Aria and Perry would continue their journey and I was not disappointed.  Many times, sequels or sophomore books in a series are lacking, are just filler or full of plot devices.  I did not feel that way at all with this book.  It felt as fresh and exciting as the first installment with new surprises and twists. 

Both Aria and Perry have even more responsibility in this part of their journey.  They make mistakes while they get used to newfound situations, but they persevere, learn and are dedicated to the duties they've taken on.  I feel there is a lot of character insight within the drama that unfolds with the both of them and with the other characters as well. 

The romance between them is sweet and right.  No eye rolls!  However, there are rocky moments and tests and I was nervous that certain events would keep them apart.  I really appreciated that the romance wasn't the main aspect of the story.  I also loved the friendship between Roar and Aria.  I know several others who want to see those two together as opposed to Aria and Perry, but I don't.  I love that particular friendship and I love that there is no awkwardness in that department. 

I thought the world building was well done without being overworked.  I could picture where the Tides lived and their compound as well as where Aria and Roar travelled. 

I also like the way it ended. Aria and Perry come to a decision that feels right.  It wouldn't have worked at the start or even the middle of the book, but I think by the end, the story unfolds and the characters grow in a way that their decision made sense. 

All in all:  The writing is strong and not overworked, the plot exciting and the characters interesting.  This is a thoughtful book and I was never bored.  I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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fakesteph said...

I was originally planning to skip this series, but I've seen so many bloggers that I trust loving it, that I might have to change my mind.

Karen said...

I love that Aria and Roar can maintain a friendship. It's so rare these days without turning it into a lame love triangle. I read the first book but have been wary of reading this one but I think I will when I get a chance.

Jenny said...

PAM!!!! I HAVEN'T READ THIS YET! What is wrong with me? I need to get on that because I loved the first book and I'm mildly obsessed with both Perry and Roar, so I can't wait to spend more time with them in this book. A huge YAY for no eye rolls with the romance:) So glad to know you enjoyed it!

SweetMarie83 said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. You're right about sequels and sophomore books, and since I loved Under the Never Sky so much I was relieved when this book was just as amazing. There's so much depth and growth to the characters, and I love Aria and Roar's friendship too. Great review. :-)

Midnyte Reader said...

@Steph-I found the books very enjoyable.

@Karen-I know what you mean and I really love that. I have plenty of male friends and they are just that, friends. It can happen in real life and should happen in books too.

@Jenny-I can't wait to read your review on this one. You always bring up points that I haven't thought of.

@Marie-I agree. I love the growth of Aria and Perry and even with Perry's tribe.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I am so excited because I'll be getting this book on Wednesday (there's a book signing that Kim and I are driving to NC for, and the weather had better not get in the way this time!), and I'm really hoping for more Roar. Because I loved him.

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