REVIEW and CONTEST: UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006207203X
Source: NCIBA (signed!!!)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥.5
Get this if you enjoyed: Blood Red Road, Matched

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

My Thoughts:

When I picked up UNDER THE NEVER SKY to read, it was upon the recommendation of many. This type enthusiasm always causes me a bit of pause and I enter with more trepidation than normal. That being said I need not have worried, for I was immediately sucked into this novel with the power of a hoover. SERIOUSLY!! and I am very happy to announce that I enjoyed Veronica Rossi's debut novel with much enthusiasm and a bit of awe.

With UNDER THE NEVER SKY we have a new world to explore with a story told from two POV's: Aria a girl from Reverie and Perry a boy from the wilds. Due to their initial meeting that triggers a chain of events and would inevitably force Aria to unite forces with Perry so that that could find those that they love the most. An unlikey and opposing duo that have their predisposed ideas of one another yet, life and death circumstance will turn them into more than just temporary allies. I have to admit that this part of the storyline melts my butter and kept my rapt attention from wavering elsewhere.

Veronica Rossi has created a new and brave world that is brutal and beautiful in equal measure rich with characters that have depth and understandable meaning behind their actions. None are underdeveloped, even those that have small parts because you will remember them all. I will freely admit to adoring PERRY, his quiet demeanor is understood, admired and respected yet he is not without fault and as the story progresses and develops so does he. Our heroine Aria is also a wonder of sorts and as her Reverie blanket of protection withers away her talents and passion for life soar and you cannot help but admire and want her to succeed. Together these two character's produce a bond that you cannot easily dismiss.

With the YA market being saturated with the paranormal genre of which I immensely enjoy it is difficult to find something that is fresh and unforgettable. It is a challenge to find something that will intrigue and excite me. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is that book...truly it is and I am not blowing an Aether storm around to get Perry's attention..even thought that would NOT be a bad idea at all. Let me forewarn you that this book is toted as a Dystopian novel and it is to some extent but It has more of a Sci-Fi edge to it than anything else, and it is way cool. This novel is worth the praise that it is getting and I am more than eager to see what will happen next as this series progresses and this talented author unfurls her talent for the world to see.

CONTEST
CONTEST PRIZE: A Signed copy of UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
CONTEST RULES: Leave a comment and tell me why you want a copy of this book, it's that simple. Please leave your email for me to contact you.
1) Must be from the US and over 13 years of age.
2) Contest ends January 21st at midnight PST.

GOOD LUCK!!!

34 comments:

  1. I would love to win becuase I have read so many great reviews about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Abgafford@gmail.com

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  2. I want Under the Never Sky because it looks and sounds fantastic! I've also heard some amazing reviews about it, which makes me super excited to read it.

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  3. Like you, I have heard many good recommendations for this book! I would love to win! Thanks!

    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I want a copy because I LOVE dystopian books and this one sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

    miss.smileygirlie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. This has been on my TBR forever! I want a copy because I love me a good dystopian! It sounds amazing! not to mention I've heard nothing but good things about it. Also, since you recommend it to fans of Blood Red Road and Matched, 2 books which I fell in love with, I think I'll enjoy this! Awesome review and thanks for the giveaway!

    msbarham3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I would like to win a copy because I have just been bitten by the dystopian bug and I'm hooked! I have also heard only amazing things about this book and would love to read and add my 2 cents!

    Thanks for the giveaway =D

    -Emily
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    kitchuel@aol.com

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  7. I tend to get nervouse when people recommend books too, but after reading your review I am thinking that I don't need to worry and now need to read Under the Never Sky.

    Thank you fro the great review and giveaway.

    Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
    hauntingorchid(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. I haven't had the chance to get my hands on this book yet, but I sure will! Lovely review, I'm very anxious to read the book because of the two POV's and also the characters. They sound so interesting and developed, the cover is also what attracted me :) Great review ^^

    Jess @ MaybeitzLove

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  9. This book has so much buzz going for it. I love that the story seems to be truly unique. I would love to win a copy.
    Great revuew'
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  10. How can I NOT want a copy of this book? All I've heard about this book is praises, the cover is gorgeous, and I'm currently in love with dystopia right now. Plus the fact that it's signed... Well, I love you (in a none stalker way) so much for having this epic giveaway. :)

    jenelleriane at yahoo dot com

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  11. I would like this cause I need a book that is "fresh and unforgettable"=)

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  12. Like you said, everyone is talking about this one. And what an amazing cover. Can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)
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  13. When I first heard of this book, I wasn't too interested. But now I keep hearing so many wonderful things about it, I know I have to try it..

    Findjessyhere@gmail.com

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  14. I LOVE dystopian novels and this book is amazing! Would love a signed copy! :)

    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. The simple reason that I want to read Under the Never Sky is because the title is so musical. Fortunately, the reviews I've read are also great.

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  16. Simply, I am dying to read this book. Reviews read have been amazing and I am looking for a great new author!

    PelicanJL@hotmail.com

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  17. Ahh! I'm so glad you love it! I'm dying to find out more about Perry. ;) When dystopian and sci-fi combine, it's boun to be awesome!
    Hank you do much or the giveaway! I've heard lot of good things about UtNS but haven't gotten a chance to buy my own copy.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

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  18. Thanks for hosting - I would love to win this book! I have heard great things and can't wait to read it!
    bevsharp@desch.org

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  19. I want this book because I have heard it's a wonderful new Dystopian story. It sounds amazing. Thanks for the contest! :)

    henderkd(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. I want to read Under the Never Sky because I'm always up for a breath of fresh air when it comes to paranormal. I usually just shun the entire genre because everything just starts to seem like a repeat, but I'm willing to give something a chance. (plus, there are awesome reviews to back it up! :])

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  21. I live in India and I never get any signed copies because of that :P I already have an e-book copy of this book but I'd love to get my hands on a signed one too! My sister lives in the US and I could get it shipped to her and she'd give it to me! Well, that's why I want a signed copy of this book, cause I've never had a signed copy of any book before :|

    vasan.anjana@gmail.com

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  22. Dystopian novels are my favorite lately, and I love reading new ones (also I loved both Matched and Blood Red Road)! This one sounds great :)

    maryannromeo1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I've heard so many great things about this book and I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy. I live about an hour away from the nearest book store so I don't get to go there as much as I would like. I also love signed copies and I would love to win this book :-) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    californiablue17@aol.com

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  24. I'll admit that the first thing that got my attention was the cover! I love it. I haven't read much Dystopian novels but there are a few that just get my attention. I've read so many great reviews and can not wait to read this. Something new and different for me! I Love it!

    nancyl9108(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I would love to win this book because the cover is breathtaking! I absolutely love the colours used in the front, I'm actually not a fan of a lot of YA covers but I am a fan of this one. I've also heard mixed things about this, people seem to like it but have issues with it too. I'd love to win it to decide for myself, your review makes it sound amazing! Especially the Perry bit, this sentence understood, admired and respected yet he is not without fault and as the story progresses and develops so does he is so good to me because that's exactly what I love about certain characters. I like that it has a sci-fi edge to it and I've heard this book is definitely unique too. Also, I saw pictures of the book in your event post and it looks SO BEAUTIFUL! Even more beautiful signed, haha. Thank you so much for this giveaway! onpeakhill(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  26. the cover is GORGEOUS and the story sounds amazing!

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

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  27. I saw the book in the hottest news and I read it to me now!

    Thanks for the giveaway ;)

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  28. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  29. This is an amazing giveaway, and I want more than anything to win. <3 But I live in Norway :\ And I was wondering if I could enter if I promise to pay shipping if I win? Eitherway, thank you :) I want this book because I loved Under the Never Sky, and I would love love love to have a signed copy of it :D
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  30. Like you said, the enthusiasm for the book is what first caught my eye. But the positive response kept me even more interested. Plus comparing Under the Never Sky to Matched and Blood Red Road, both really strong and great books, makes me crave for it all the more.

    yan.pocky(at)gmail.com

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  31. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I would love to win UNDER THE NEVER SKY b/c I love dystopian novels. This one sounds awesome with the virtual world and a wild world, and where two different people must work together. I think it sounds awesome and romance ain't bad either ;)

    jadedlittlegirlx AT gmail DOT com

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  32. I would love to win a.signed copy! Book is so awesome I read it in one day!

    Mandja1@gmail.com

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  33. I have been dying to read this book. I would love to win a copy. The cover on this is awesome and the story sounds great. Plus your review makes it sound even better.

    leyser73 at gmail dot com

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  34. I want this because I've read the eARC and LOVED it! Plus, this cover is gorgeous! I want to showcase it on my shelves and share it with my family.

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

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