Thursday, January 2, 2014

{Review + Giveaway} Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

Release date: January 28, 2014
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Publisher: Harper
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.
Do you ever start to read a book and that book just feels like coming home? You feel like you can kick off your shoes, grab a snack, and plop onto the couch and it's like you never left? So even when bad things happen, when you're crying and sad, everything seems just a little bit less terrible because you're home? That is exactly what Into the Still Blue was for me.

From the first page I was immediately sucked back into Perry's and Aria's world; it was as if their problems had never left my mind in the almost year since I'd visited them last. Our hero and heroine are faced with their biggest task yet: saving Cinder and somehow transporting everyone depending on them to the Still Blue. It's something that seems next to impossible, and it feels at times as if maybe it is impossible, as if someone is going to lay down and quit. It's high risk, high reward. Life or death.

There is no easy route in this book, and Veronica Rossi never attempts to act as if there is, nor does she try to take one. No one is spared from suffering or grief, and some of what happens is brutal and very real. But at the same time, we're treated to moments of complete beauty, love, and friendship that it reminds you of what's good in the world, why these characters fight so hard to survive when quitting would be so easy. And that's why this book is so good. There's give and there's take; there's sacrifice, but there's joy.

With all of this, what shines are our characters and how they interact and work together to make the impossible possible. Rossi takes those bonds and those relationships that we love and rips them apart; she challenges these characters and lets us follow to see how they cope, how they survive. It's heart-wrenching and emotional, but it is necessary and never without reward.

This is a conclusion that does justice to the rest of the series and makes me want to reread the entire series immediately. Even while it is making you crawl under your covers with grief and emotion, you can't help but keep reading. You want to push the book away because it's breaking your heart, but you have to see the ending, have to know that everyone will be okay. This is how to end a series.

And now, I have an extra ARC of Into the Still Blue hanging around, so I figured I should give it away! How does that sound? Rules are normal. You must be 13 years of age or older to enter. The winner will be notified via the email provided through Rafflecopter (so make sure you're using the one you want!) and will have 48 hours to respond. The giveaway runs through January 19th (so you have time to get the book early!) and is US ONLY.

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