Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi (Spoiler Alert)

5/5 Stars
Details of the book:
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books,
a division of HarperCollins
Published on January 28, 2014
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Synopsis: The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

This book was absolutely AMAZING! It was funny, sexy, dramatic, and filled with action. From page one, I couldn't put it down. This was the best ending to a trilogy that I have ever read. I finished this book a long time ago, but I still find myself picking it up randomly and reading over my favorite parts.

I'm very fortunate to have read so many books recently without any flaws. Into the Still Blue definitely falls into that category. The plot was great, but what really was all the relationships. More than just Perry and Aria but their relationships with the other characters in the book. They are real gems.

Relationships: This book--actually this trilogy--gives a well developed and honest depiction of what strong relationships look like. Instead of writing the couple as just loving and sugary sweet, there were problems, insecurities, and they were fragmented. Yet somehow they still held together and worked out the problems. It was refreshing.

My favorite thing about Perry and Aria, they are such a power couple. They both bring something to the relationship, neither of them is dragging down the other. Aria is not a Mary Sue, she's strong, intelligent, in her own right. She's right there keeping up at the top of the strong characters in the book. In my opinion, she could rub shoulders with characters like Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior.

I was really happy with the introduction of Aria's father, it wasn't cliche, it wasn't an instant connection. It was real, and honest, and a little brutal. In a word, perfect.

Favorite Quotes/Moments: 

1) "But then Aria stepped into the chamber.

Perry lurched to his feet so fast that his chair fell backward. He took the ten paces to her in a flash, bumping his head on the low ceiling, knocking his leg into the table, moving with less coordination than he had in his entire life."

2) "You're the only one who knows the Hovers," Aria continued. "You're the expert. You should also tell us everything you know about your father's plans with Sable. Every one of us needs to know as much as possible."

Soren scowled. "You're kidding me."

"Didn't we just agree this wasn't a laughing matter?"

"Why should I trust them?" Soren asked, as if there were no Outsiders there.

"How about because you don't have a choice?"

Soren's furious gaze went to Perry, who was actually watching her, his lips pressed together like he was fighting a smile.

3) "A full hour passed before the tent fell quiet again. Perry was covered in legs and arms and blankets, so hot that sweat dampened his shirt. The shoulder he'd dislocated a month ago ached beneath the weight of Aria's head, and Talon was snoring right into his ear, but he couldn't remember the last time he'd felt so good."

4) "Is that what you wanted?" he asked.

"It's, um... much better."

Bending, he kissed the smooth skin just beneath her ear. "How's this?"

"I don't know...Try again?"

He smiled and wrapped his arms around her, gathering her close. Ahead of them, the lights from inside the Hover filtered through the trees--her world, blending with his. "You really want me to talk?"

Aria leaned back, letting him take her weight. "Yes."

"You're going to hear a lot about my favorite subject."

"Hunting?"

He laughed. "No." He slid his hands to her hips, feeling muscle and solid bone, and then back up, over the curve of her waist. "Not hunting." Every part of her drove him mad, and he told her so, whispering in her ear as she rested against him.

5) "You know I'm here," he said. "I'll do whatever I can."

"Will you come see them with me tomorrow? Maybe if we talk to them together it'll help."

"Done."

Aria smiled, then her gaze traveled to his waist. "Perry, did you know your pants are falling down?"

"Yeah." He didn't have to look; he could feel them sliding down his hips. "I, uh...I took my belt off to make you feel comfortable."

"You took your belt off to make me feel comfortable?"

He nodded, trying to hold back a laugh. "I worked it out in my head and this would be more natural."

"Your pants falling down is natural?"

He grinned. "Yeah. If they fall any further, it's going to be very natural."

She laughed, her gray eyes shinning as she she shook her head. "So nice of you to think of me."

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