Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I JUST came back from a wonderful vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and I was able to read to my heart’s content while working on my tan. 🙂 I will share photos and news from my vacation later this week, but I do have a special treat for today’s post. A new find (for me) that was recommended to me by my lovely and talented writer friend, Robin Woods: Under the Never Sky. Let me just say…WOW. This book has so much wow factor that I actually took the time to review it.

My review doesn’t go too in depth as far as the story itself is concerned, but I do explain why I’m so in love with this book/series and can’t shut up about it. If you’re looking for a great SPECTACULAR read, then I suggest you grab yourself a copy of this book and sit in a little cave until you’re done reading. It’s that good. Who needs food or showers? You can finish it in two days and then head back to reality. Ha!

So, ladies and gents, for your pleasure I present my Goodreads review of Under the Never Sky. Cheers!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could NOT put down this book. I read it right after reading Divergent, and though both books land in the Dystopian genre, they were pleasantly worlds apart. I don’t know how to completely describe what it was/is about this series that draws me in…but my one word attempt is MAGIC. This book is completely magic and I want more and more and more! There were even times I went back to parts of the book to reread sections–just because I love the MCs Aria and Perry so, so much.

En brief, this book volleys between the perspectives of the two MCs who are complete and total opposites, except for their strength. Ms. Rossi does a phenomenal job of tying everything together through their struggle and survival. A beautiful love story ensues–as any avid reader would expect of complete opposites and self proclaimed enemies. And as the chemistry evolves, so does the danger, adventure, and magnetism that is Aria, Perry, and the Never Sky. They are bound together like any other heroic couple in their quest to save the world. And who better to save the world than they?

It’s been a while since a book has completely enraptured me like this…I HAD to buy the second book right after I finished the first. Now it will be utter torture while waiting for book three to come out in 2014. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of Aria and Perry and The Still Blue.

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Divergent: A Book Review

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could NOT put down this book. Finished in two days. It was fast paced, well written, and believable. I like that there is danger, violence, and strength. Dystopian pieces are hard to do well, but Ms. Roth nailed it. I don’t give 5 stars lightly. Great romance, drama, and anticipation. I highly recommend this book.

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The above is my brief review on Goodreads of the book Divergent, by the talented Veronica Roth. Here is a more in depth review:

This book has everything I look for in literature…great pacing, adventure, suspense, action, romance (that’s not cheesy), and a sense of hope no matter how dark the plot becomes. In this story, the main character, Tris, must decide what faction to belong to. This is a tradition and necessary rite of passage in her society. Every teen who is sixteen years of age must choose to either stay with their “home” faction, or choose another–another that will be their place of belonging for the rest of their lives. The five factions, Candor, Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite are the only factions in dystopian Chicago. Tris, formally known as Beatrice, is from Abnegation, a faction that values selflessness above all else.

As the story progresses, Tris changes her mindset while figuring out how to belong–belonging being something that every faction member desires. She makes friends and enemies and faces many fears. As she faces danger, she must look deep inside and find the person she wants to be. Through every chapter and scene, Divergent is a book that is hard to put down and will keep you on your toes at all times.

So…what are you waiting for? If you like YA and Dystopian novels–or books in general–give this book a try. I can’t wait to read the next one!