Here’s a list of the tour itinerary:
Today we have a special guest post with Veronica Rossi to celebrate the release of Through the Ever Night and as part of the blog tour! We asked her to share with us which favorites realms do Aria escapes to most often and she did!
Party In Atlantis
This one is a classic. In this Realm, you can breathe underwater, and visit the lost city of Atlantis. Great shopping. Lots of amazing restaurants and clubs. It was one of the original Realms and it still hasn’t gotten old, which is saying a lot.
Date a Mythical God
This one is fun because the gods you can date are always being cycled out. The month that Loki was the god was mega popular.
This Realm isn’t my favorite, but I go because all my friends love it. You float through the cosmos and fish that way. My favorite part of this is the way the fish look like the planets they inhabit.
Live In A Painting
My friend Caleb loves this Realm. I like it, too. My favorite paintings to live in are Van Gogh’s. They’re happy paintings. Most of my friends like the Dali paintings. Those are crazy.
The Paris Opera House
My mom and I spent countless hours together in this one. I love to sing. She loved to listen to me. It was our thing to do together. I miss that Realm.
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?
In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
VERONICA ROSSI was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is her first novel.
Foreign rights have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.
As one of the tour stops, we also have an awesome giveaway for our readers! Winners received signed copies of Under the Never Sky AND Through the Ever Night, plus nail polish, swag, and more! Just enter below!
What do you think?
Here’s the short teaser:
A deadly sacrifice, a heartbreaking choice, an uncertain future…
In case you don’t remember, here are the covers for books one, two and three:
Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—gets all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides behind self-deprecating jokes and forced smiles.
Then the one person she trusts betrays her. Dell is beyond devastated. Without anyone to turn to for comfort, her depression and self-loathing spin out of control. But just how far will she go to make all of the heartbreak and name-calling stop?
I’m going to be honest, I couldn’t really get into this book. Primary reason is easy. First of all, you know that summary? You know, that one? *points up* Yeah, not really what the book is about. It outlines the overall start of the book, but it doesn’t mention the overall uh, theme. So I’ll tell you, so you aren’t confused like I was.
This is a book about an eating disorder. Compulsive Over Eating, or emotional eating depending on how you want to look at it. Pretty simple, Dell’s life goes to crap and she stuffs herself with food to feel ‘whole’, getting up to 286 pounds. Summary does mention the whole self-deprecating joke thing as deflection, so good job there. Then something else happens. I’m a little hesitant to mention (it’s 70 pages in out of 250 page book – but you are slightly warned for a small spoiler), but I feel like it’s important cause it kinda smacked me in the face while reading. So then Dell is raped.
I felt like this book was trying to tackle 80 Big Issues at once and I never got the depth I would want for any one of those Big Issues. Obesity, crap home life, depression, bullying and rape are just some of them, but other than her weight issues, it was like these things were used as a The-World-Hates-Dell devices more than actually addressing anything about them.
Dell herself frustrated me a lot. I found her incredibly whiny, self-absorbed, spineless and did I mention whiny? She was very quick to blame parents, her only friend and everyone else for her problems, but never really wanted to take responsibility for her own actions. She was also distrusting to a point where she doubted everyone’s motives and I felt like she was creating a self-fulling prophecy of failure.
All of that being said, I have a number of friends who read and liked this book. I’m kind of in the minority over here, so if you like books about these things, then by all means, check it out!
If you’re looking for another good read similar to Empty, check out Butter by Erin Jade Lange.
But wait. There’s more! An awesome Empty prize pack containing a finished copy of Empty, some swag, and a Post-It Note dispenser.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
Soooooo….. I didn’t love this book. *waits for the rock throwing* In fact, it took me 2 months to finish this as I held a metaphorical gun to my own head to make myself not give up. It frustrated me. It annoyed me. And worst of all, there were parts that flat out bored me. I do want to remind you guys that I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone (review). So when I got the opportunity to review Days of Blood and Starlight, I was like, giddy. I rarely get giddy. Wow. That fell flat.
First of all, let me give you a quick summary. So, book opens and we get 3, maybe 4 (I kinda lost count after a while) different story lines/ POVs. Daughter of Smoke and Bone protag, Karou is doing her thing in creature land, Akiva is doing his angel thing in angel land and Zuzana is doing her humorous thing in human land, and each of them are doing their own thing. And then there’s this other POV in there and I don’t really know why it was in there, it eventually linked back up then disappeared altogether. Uh, whatever. This would be okay for maybe the first 50 pages, a stretch at 100, but at 200 pages in with only 2 of those story lines barely (and FINALLY) interweaving, I was kinda mad and disinterested. The last 200 pages held together better, but by then it was kind of a too-little, too-late.
Here’s the thing, I could overlook a lot of things if it were not for one thing. And it’s a spoilery thing for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so yeah, watch me awkwardly spell this out for you without giving anything away. Remember that pretty big cliffhanger-y thing in the end of Daughter of Smoke and Bone? The one where you’re like OMGs HOW CAN ANYTHING BE THE SAME AND OKAY NOW?! Yeah. So that? It just wasn’t addressed. This series went from a mysterious and magical world to a straight-up war book. I didn’t know I was signing up to read 400 pages about corrupt political figures, dying masses and the general wrongness of war. This book lost what Daughter of Smoke and Bone built. The main redeeming quality of the entire plot/ characters were Zuzana and Mik. They were the heart and humanity I just wanted a little more of.
All-in-all this makes me sad. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone wanted so much to love the sequel. Don’t get me wrong, Taylor’s writing was just as sweet, sad and poetic as before. Her world building was strong, unique and amazing. There were parts that made me laugh, be sad and get all mushy-sweet. But all of that wasn’t enough for me, it didn’t have the same lure as the first book and I really think it the multiple POVs and non-connecting story lines destroyed it for me.
Will I read the third book? Maybe. I’ll have to think about it. Will I be waiting with bated breath for it? Sadly, no.