It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.
Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.
Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder: Can their love survive through the ever night? In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure - and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
©2013 Veronica Rossi (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Look, if the publishers and the author didn't think of their pocketbooks over their readers, I would have been able to give this book five stars. As it is, the book, Kindle version (the cheapest) is $9.99. This isn't loanable. It doesn't have text-to-speech. For those of us who have poor eyes or other reading disabilities, there is no hope but to buy the Audible version to Whispersynch. That's another $12.99. Twenty-three dollars for this piece of crap? No, the story is okay. It is as good as other YA dystopias out there. Maybe fewer mistakes, but not topping any of the indies. Are ALL young adults made of money? Do they care about reading books this much? And now I have to put out $23 more to read book three? Are you kidding me? I am putting no more money out for this. I don't care what happens to the characters. If I can find the Kindle and Overdrive or CD versions I might check them out. Otherwise. I am done with this author and publisher. I don't care if they are geniuses, storywise! There is plenty more out there that is equal if not surpassing these stories.
Now the story itself was good. I did like the characters. I thought the world interesting. I did pull for the good ending. And while I was reading/listening to the story, I forgot about the price. Michael Goldstrom is okay as a narrator but not the best. Since half the book is from a female point of view, hearing the male voice made the female seem less than a person.
I hope when I get ready to publish my own books I remember how I felt about this series and do what I think is the right thing for all.
I really like this series of books. I also liked the reader of the second book better than book 1. It kept me interested and now looking forward to book 3
I really enjoyed this. Some of it was a little predictable but overall great book. Only complaint is there are long silences between chapters, caught myself checking multiple times to make sure it hadn't somehow gotten paused.
I like any books that hook you within the first chapter. If a love story is involved even better.
It would rank among my top five list of series.
I love when Aria learns how to use her gift.
My favorite scene is when Perry and Aria run to each other's arms.
I laughed and cried. It was an epic emotional roller coaster.
I loved that you really get to see how the tribes work in this. That wasn't as big a feature in the first one. But here you get to see Perry as blood lord and the workings of the Tides. I liked that a lot. I also liked finally getting to meet Liv. Also the actual story is pretty good. And the ending made me want to jump in to the third book which isn't out yet. That's what a second book in a series is supposed to do.
I'm not sure I can pick a fave cause I really like them all - good guys and bad guys alike.
Not a fiction book. He has a good voice - clear and strong. But for this book, he didn't really fit the bill. First of all, he sounded a little too old - like 30 something. Which would be fine if he really got into the characters and emotion of the story the way Caroline McCormack did in The Hunger Games. But I don't feel like he really nailed any of those aspects of this book. When a book is told in third person, you definitely want to hear the narrator use different parts of his or her voice for each character. This narrator didn't really do that very much, and when he did it was inconsistent. Also, the emotion of the whole story didn't really flow, it felt forced and insincere. Maybe he didn't really like it all that much - this series is not exactly aiming at the 30 something male demographic. All that being said, I think this guy would be a fantastic non-fiction narrator. But if he's going to do YA fiction, he needs work.
Overall, the first book and audiobook were stronger, but this was a good sequel and a good story. I'm really looking forward to the third book.
Thrilling, enthralling, gripping
Aria: She is incredibly flexible in her character to go from so strong to vulnerable. She has great complexity in her ability to comprehend what it means to be a dweller and an outsider. She handles herself perfectly in all situations.
Ah, I could take it or leave it. I listened to his narration because it was the sequel to a great start. I found him to be a little slow and pronounced a few of the words differently than the first narrator. He is a little slow and I sometimes found it difficult to follow who he was speaking for. But, it wasn't terrible.
Yes and no, some pats had me wishing I had all the hours in the world to listen.
Great freaking story, read it!
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