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Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky #1
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
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Worlds kept them apart.

Destiny brought them together.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its places, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild—a savage—but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.
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"If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?"

I LOVED IT. I was incredibly hyped about starting this book because I was told that the romance was a glorious slow burn and that the secondary relationships were incredibly heart-warming (I'm a sucker for bromance and friendship). Under The Never Sky met those expectations and left me wanting more! More Perry. More Roar. More Perry and Roar. Oh, yeah and more Aria. I loved that she got pretty kick-ass in around the last third the book. Yay for character development! :D

"I never really wanted to sing. Now I have the urge to do it. Songs are stories. 
Maybe I've got my own stories to tell now."

The story was unique, amazing and complex. You had Aria who lived inside the Pods and then Peregrine who lived outside them. I loved being able to read both their perspectives and get a feel for both worlds. There's quite a lot of terminology and I found myself writing them down or asking questions to make sense of it all. But I did like how new information about the setting was given at a pace that didn't overwhelm me. One feature of Aria's world that I really liked was the 'Smarteye', a virtual reality device worn over one eye. Everyone living inside the Pods were dependent on these devices, they never took it off. With the device, the world was brighter and more colorful. Within the Realms the device can take you to, there was no need for fear and no sense of pain. When Aria finds herself on the outside without her Smarteye, she has to learn how to survive.

""A world of nevers under a never sky." She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up."

Ahh I loved how Perry and Aria's relationship developed. Every moment I felt they were growing emotionally closer, I couldn't help but grin. I love enemies-to-friends-to-lover scenarios cause I find they often have the most amusing dialogue between the main characters. And their bantering...oh, their bantering was excellent. I liked Aria from the start. I liked her even more at the end. She was strong-minded when she had a plan and she wasn't one to stand to the side and let other's do all the work. She'd want to help, even if it meant the possibility of killing. She wasn't afraid to do things on her own and her determination to find a way out made me admire her even more.

I have a deep love for Perry. Right off the bat, I felt for him, I felt his worries and his love for his nephew, Talon. His conflicting feelings about his brother, Vale. He was incredibly caring. He always had the tribe's best interest in mind. All the little things he did for Aria, like making her shoes and teaching her how to pick berries (Perry's pov during this scene was priceless), everything, made my heart all warm and fuzzy. He was a natural leader with killer instincts. And when he has his sights set on you, he can be incredibly smooth. Their kiss... I can't many feels when it finally happened!!! Then there's Roar, Perry's best friend, who made me smile until my cheeks hurt. He was such a fantastic secondary character and great comic relief.

"Everyone feels lost and low. It's how a person acts that makes them different."

I cannot wait to continue with Perry and Aria's story, but before that I must know that Roar has a happy ending! For anyone who hasn't read Under The Never Sky yet, DO IT. There's friendships, love, alliances, betrayals, supernatural powers, deaths, twists, scenes that melt your heart, scenes that make you grin and chuckle, and more!

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I love Roar! He's charming and witty.
Reasons why I think he's awesome:
1. He's desperately in love with Liv
2. He's compassionate (e.g helping Cinder)
3. He's the perfect wing-man

Tosca Aria
It was almost like the words of the aria were foreshadowing the future of their relationship.
They were telling each other their feelings without actually saying them.
The feels were strong with this one.
"They reached for each other then like some force had pulled their hands together."

Extras: Aria+Perry edit


  1. I feel like we don't see this book anymore on blogs or even on Goodreads. I actually forgot about it and just remembered that I have the series on my should read it some soon day. :P That romance sounds incredible and now I'm really excited. Great review, Jen!!

    1. *gasps* Yes, you should indeed! The romance was actually one of the best slow-burns I've read in awhile. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :D

  2. What a gorgeous review! I loved this series so much, it's definitely a favorite. I'm thrilled you loved it too!

    1. Thanks, Andrea! I have a feeling this series will become a favorite of mine as well :)

  3. PERRY AND ROAR AND ARIAAAA!!!! I love this world to pieces. It's so complicated, but so original and vivid and very simple once you get the hang of things. Discovering the realms and all the endless possibilities was definitely an awesome element to this world :) Heheee!!! I loooove Aria and Perry's slow burn. They're in my top three otp's in YA lit and in top 5 of every age group lit. I just love them dearly! Aria is an amazing female character whose growth is just wonderful to follow inded and I agree with you about her being strong-minded :) Haha. Yess! The berry picking scene was so fun and I adore how clumsy he is around Aria. I love them! ROAR IS AMAZING :') and totally deserves this award heh. Perfect wing-man indeed *thinks back to all the fighting scenes and the rooftop talk and him riding off in an elevator and leaving Perry to deal with Aria* LOL. I'm so happy you loved it and I hope you love the rest of the series just as much, Jae!

    1. YOU! You and your book pushing got me to this wonderful UTNS book high :D I'm going to have to quickly skim through it again so I can bookmark all my favorite parts now that I have my own copy (I'm excited for this)! Yes to everything Roar!! My favorite wing-man scene will forever be the archery scene. He could not be more obvious in what he was doing lol. And hey! You used my nickname <3

  4. Lovely review, lady! I'm so happy you loved this! It's absolutely one of my favorite series, and I think it gets better and better with every book (which rare). Perry and Aria are ALL TIME OTP worthy, for sure. Can't wait to see what you think of the next two books!