Swoon Madness — Dystopian Dreamboats, Round One!

Paper Lantern Lit wants you to choose! Who are your Dystopian Dreamboats?

Alex or Julian?
Adam or Warner?
Perry or Roar?

The YA Swoon Madness has begun!
Go and vote!

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The March Madness games have begun! Follow PLL all month to place bets on who you think the swooniest boy in YA is!

Each contestant has been carefully chosen by the PLL Trendsetters and the PLL story architects. Join us each week to learn why each YA boy made the cut, and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree.

YOU voted and Round 1 of Contemporary Cuties has been decided!!! Today we’re looking for the best DYSTOPIAN DREAMBOATS to keep us company in these hopeless places!

Alex: Alex is the one to sweep you off your feet. In a world that doesn’t believe in love, he sure is one passionate boy. He sets up picnics in gardens under the stars, reads books and listens to music; he does all the forbidden things for love. He will run away with you and protect you the best…

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Veronica Rossi Answers Some Questions from Fans During Pitch Dark Days Twitter Chat


The Dark Days Tour has yet to start, but as you know, the authors aren’t going to be in every city, so Pitch Dark hosted a Twitter Chat (#pitchdarkdays) earlier this evening with four authors (Brodi Ashton [@Brodiashton]of the ‘Everneath’ series, Cynthia Hand [@CynthiaHand]of ‘Unearthly’ series, Tahereh Mafi [@taherehmafi] of the ‘Shatter Me’ series, and Veronica Rossi [@V_Rossibooks] of the ‘Under the Never Sky’ series) to let everyone out there on Twitter have a chance to ask the authors questions about their books, their characters, and anything else that came to mind.  Here’s what Veronica Rossi answered for her fans, including myself.

Veronica certainly didn’t spoil much for us, but I’m expecting a lot of everything, and hopefully more questions answered than asked by the end of book 3!  But for you who haven’t read book 2 yet, do so as soon as possible.  It equals, if not bests the first book and definitely pushes the story forward at a quick and exciting pace.

You can read my review of Through the Ever Night here.

REVIEW: Through the Ever Night (novel) by Veronica Rossi

EverNight_coverThrough the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I went a little easy on this grading. I can’t say it’s a perfect book, but it’s just so crazy exciting and dramatic that I couldn’t just give this book 4 stars.

Just know that the review I’ll be giving is given with the assumption that you’ve already read the first book.

From beginning to end, it seems that the troubles of Perry and Aria’s union doesn’t end. Yes, things start where they ended in the first book, and now the choices they both have to make may not seem as easy as they thought, even if Perry is the Blood Lord of the Tides. He may have the title, but it seems that getting the Tides to follow him won’t be as easy as he thought.

Here’s what’s great about this part. Being a leader isn’t always as cracked up to be, and Perry begins to learn that, and it’s just such a realistic way of seeing how his people react to him and his decisions.

Then there’s Aria, the Dweller who’s actually half-Outsider, and not only that, an Audile. The Aether storms are always stirring things up, but the people they both have to deal with are the ones that could potentially break them.

What’s weird is that the things that both these characters felt throughout the book, I felt and I understood. I didn’t think at all that any of them were acting or reacting in a way that I thought ridiculous or foolish or unrealistic. The emotion that the author creates is all so real and palpable, you forget that this takes place in some weather-torn futuristic earth.

What’s interesting is that the realization that even in the future, people will react as they always do when confronted with others that are different than they are. They react with skepticism, anger, confusion, and fear. It’s such a human thing, and dwellers and outsiders alike still act in human ways, although the humane ways seem to be lost among many of them.

Getting to learn about Perry’s way of life is also fantastic to read about and the people of his tribe are just as human as they can be, in both the good and bad sense of the word. Veronica Rossi certainly doesn’t mind giving the readers a whole range of emotions when it comes to reading about the different people in the tribe. And there are sure a lot of emotions to take in.

You feel for Perry in this situation where he has to care over a tribe that his father and his older brother seemed to have done so well, without as much as a flick of the wrist. You feel a lot more for him when he comes to grips with his past as well as his present. I have to admit I didn’t have a problem shedding a tear for him at all, or what he comes to realize in his role.

Aria, being the other half of this book, again is as admirable in this book as she was in the first book. She definitely has a much stronger heart than I would in more than a handful of situations she comes to deal with. She certainly is much more forgiving than I think I would be at times, which probably would’ve cost her her life if she was like me, as well as the lives of other people.

These main characters are not the only ones that you end up feeling for, as the other ones pull at your heartstrings just as much, including that of Roar and Cinder, and crap, maybe even one you didn’t think you’d like at all. I cannot tell you how many times my heart felt like it was being stabbed at with a bunch of long, sharp daggers, how my jaw clenched and tightened, or how my eyes brimmed with tears (I’m not exaggerating) by all that was happening within the pages of this book.

It’s not just all about the romance, believe me. There is still plenty of drama and action in this book to keep you enthralled, especially with the Aether storms, the search for the Still Blue, and the people of both Aria and Perry demanding something from them, breaking them apart in different directions, no matter if it was intentional or not.

This is the type of book that can make you rethink how you act in stressful situations, how you might try to improve, and how easy it is to come to a false conclusion about people at times, which can quickly turn to regret for the person.

I was surprised how much I really enjoyed it, and I definitely cannot wait to read the third and final book of this trilogy, as Veronica Rossi has created as world that although can look so different, has just as much real personality as the world we live in today.

Maybe you’d think this book is too similar to other YA dystopian books out there, but the way the journey is told is the exciting part about it. And there’s a journey to be had here.

Go to my review on Goodreads to read my spoiler section.

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REVIEW: Under the Never Sky (novel) by Veronica Rossi

under-the-never-sky-coverUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Since I wasn’t able to get to my computer all day, I was able to finish up this book.

I obviously am still on a dystopian kick and I don’t mind at all. I found this to be intriguing and exciting, filled with lots of drama. I can’t say that I understand truly what these characters are going through, but there are elements that I feel people can relate to, that being of the emotions and reactions of the characters, being from different standards/class/upbringing than others, being distanced from others for your abilities or way of thinking.

Of course, that’s usually the point of all these dystopian books anyway, right?

I actually liked Aria. I don’t know why, but I find it hard to relate to some of the female characters in books, even those whom are protagonists. Sometimes they are too whiny, too unfeeling, or even too feeling, or just too clueless for me to appreciate.

Interestingly enough, the author wrote Aria in a way that I didn’t find annoying at all. In the world she was brought up in, I was able to empathize with her. I think there was only one time in the book where I found her to be just a bit too… sappy.

Then there’s Peregrine. The male protagonist, I admit, always get to me a lot easier than the female ones. That’s probably a given considering who I am (female, heterosexual, romantic). Perry is definitely not perfect. He’s stubborn, much too confident in himself, and well, a bit too self-pitying. However, he is good. He’s someone you’d want on your side. And if he cares about you, you can be sure he’ll do his best to take care of you.

As with another YA dystopian book that let’s you observe opposing factions from their perspective, there’s a lot to see, and I can’t say whether one is better than the other. Both sides deal with natural and unnatural forces, but it seems obvious that the author wants us to prefer one side over the other even if we might not agree with either on all the things that they do.

Of course, the adventure to how things turn out in the end really make this an exciting book. Aria and Perry learn a lot from each other and about each other, although, sometimes it seems a little too quickly how those changes occur. Or maybe it just seems that way because the book is such a fast read.

The side characters were also engaging. There’s Roar, who has his own story that hopefully we’ll read more about in the next book(s). There’s Talon, a boy who’s found happiness in an unlikely place. And then there’s Cinder, who I’m sure we’ll get to know more about in the next book(s), and I can’t wait!

All in all, this book pretty much got me from the very start and I’m excited to see how things progress, as there’s still a lot of questions to answer.

The spoiler section of my review can be found here on my Goodreads page.