Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Are you sick of fairies and/or angels? (I assume a book mixing the two is only a matter of time) Need something good to read? Look no further than Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.


Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, 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 (GoodReads).

This book is gripping. I NEEDED to know what happened. I also found the world-building subtle and fascinating--there is so much more I want to know both about Reverie and the outside communities (which absolutely reminded me of Graceling’s world. Anybody?)
    Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
  • Originality: 4. Sci-Fi dystopian where outside ‘civilization’ you get magic and subsistence living. A nice mix of genres that works here. The Smarteye (think computer-as-monocle) pod-people wear to connect to virtual reality is creepy but very cool technology.
  • Absurdity: 5. Mostly because that blurb is so melodramatic. SHEESH. Oh and Aria is “special” and has some magic she didn’t know about. Because, you know, it is impossible for a YA heroine to be fully aware of her potential at the start of a series.
  • Level of Paranormal Romance: 7. YUM. Perry is seriously attractive. AND there is actual action WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE. Not feather petting (sorry, I am still getting over having read Rapture. What a fool I am!). Get ready to swoon.
  • Level of Harry Potter-ness: 5. Rossi’s descriptions of emotions as scents are particularly evocative, so a couple of points for literary niceties.  And then the rest for magic-wielding! Harry Potter would be proud, even though there are no wands. 


  1. I LOVED this book so much and cannot wait to read book 2!And I agree..totally loved Perry and their relationship. Nodding my head to so much of what you said. I loved both worlds in different ways. The science fiction aspect of Aria's world is fascinating and I have this weakness for the raw, hard-to-survive feel of Perry's world.

    Great review!

  2. ROSE from Vampire Academy knew she was hot and kick ass. JUST SAYING. #VampireAcademy4EVR

  3. So I had a cat named Perry. I will have to get over that to find him swoonworthy.

    OTHERWISE, i read any book where a review can mention Graceling. And fairies... Overrated. This is also cheap on kindle right now so its happening!

  4. Good to know that this is gripping. That's what I like to hear! I bought this on the kindle around Comic Con and am excited to dive into it next month as this month is crazy! I enjoyed reading your review!

  5. I have heard SUCH good things about this book. Ah... need to read, I think.


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