January 6, 2014

Review: Into The Still The Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under The Never Sky #3
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss
ISBN: 9780062072092
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Pages: 400

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Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

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.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because 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 stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

As I have said previously, Under The Never Sky, isn’t one of my favourite series, but this final book gave me the closure I needed for the series. When you finish that last page you are satisfied with the ending and where the characters end up. Final books are toughies. I don’t know about you, but I need that closure with where the characters end up, and Veronica Rossi did that very well in this book.

There was a lot of action in Into The Still Blue. Cinder is being held captive by Hess and Sable and Aria, Perry, and others must rescue him. Cinder becomes a key player in this book. One of my favourite characters in this series was Cinder. He was so vulnerable and didn’t know if he could trust Perry. He would run away when he was afraid, but always came back to the Tides. I liked his relationship with Willow and Perry. He finally found a home with Perry until Hess and Sable stole him away.

Between Hess and Sable I thought Hess was the scarier one going into this book, but boy was I wrong. I didn’t end up hating Hess, but Sable? He was a worthy opponent in this book. He had this precise ability to manipulate someone who was completely against him and turn them into an ally.

“Aria couldn’t believe that only children would stand up to Sable. This place, which should have meant survival and freedom, was a prison.”

He was ruthless and well a bit psychotic at times too. Sometimes it’s that psychological edge that makes a better villain than one that uses brute force.

The action doesn’t stop for very long in this book, but it didn’t feel like you were rushing. It just kept on making me read more and more until I finally had to put my book down and go to bed (which was 2 AM by that point).

It turns out that Roar is a bad ass fighter. I always knew he could fight, but in the previous books you didn’t get to see it very much. You got the funny and jovial Roar. But in Into The Still Blue he’s still grieving from the events of the previous book and has a lot of anger to work through.

You also have fighting between the Tides and the Horns, and fighting between the Outsiders and the Dwellers. The end goal is near in sight and both sides are racing to get to the Still Blue first.

“She didn’t want to fight just so there would be more fighting. She wanted to believe—needed to believe—that things could get better.”

The book was intense at times and you didn’t know what would happen next.

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