Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bookanista Review: Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi--AND A GIVEAWAY!

I'm so excited for this week's Bookanista Review, you guys! It's for a book I read months ago, and have been DYING to gush about ever since. But I wanted to wait until closer to release. So yay--now I can finally tell you how awesome UNDER THE NEVER SKY, by the incredible Veronica Rossi is!

Here's how the publisher describes the story:

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.

Now, many of you may know that Veronica is a fellow Bookanista--and you may think that biases my opinion. But I promise, I am still VERY capable of being subjective. Yes, I most definitely picked up this book hoping to love it as much as I adore the author. But after that, it's up to the book to sell me on the story. And UNDER THE NEVER SKY had me from the first page.

I know some people will probably lump this book into the dystopian genre... but I'd say it's more of a futuristic Sci-Fi thriller. However you categorize it though, there's no need to worry about the post-apocalyptic fatigue I think so many of us are feeling (*raises both hands high*). UNDER THE NEVER SKY is refreshingly different from all of the other books out there--one of my favorite things about it.

I'm not sure there's much I can say that the STARRED Kirkus review hasn't already said for me, but I'll try. The world is layered with awesome details that make it feel interesting and original. The characters are beautifully flawed, which makes them wonderfully real and relatable. Plus there's a SERIOUSLY steamy love story.

And the best part about the romance is that it builds at a believable rate. It's not insta-love-at-first-sight (far from it, actually). Nor is it I-hate-hate-hate-hate-you--wait, actually I LOVE YOU AND CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU, as I see so often in books. Instead the relationship grows from time and circumstance in a way that feels completely natural. So by the time the characters are ready to accept their feelings for each other, we are too.

Not to mention, the writing is gorgeous. I raced through this book because I HAD to know what would happen--but as soon as I was done I wanted to go back and read more slowly so I could really sink into the words and appreciate them for their beauty. But alas, I had the Bookanistas' copy and had to pass the ARC along. So I'll have to reread as soon as I can get my hands on the shiny hardcover--which is coming SOON. Like, January 3 soon. SO EXCITING!!!!!

Trust me when I say this book is worth reading. Which is why I want to help one of you get your hands on a copy. And Veronica has been amazing enough to donate one of her copies to one lucky commenter on this post!

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, December 22th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Friday, December 23rd. International entries are--as always--welcome.

I do also *hope* that whoever wins will end up posting a review for the book somewhere--or blogging/tweeting/FB-ing about it--to help spread the love and get some more mileage out of the prize. I can't require that for entry. But I'm hoping the winner will feel inspired to. :) 



For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

Elana Johnson takes a shine to A MILLION SUNS
Jessi Kirby devours BITTERSWEET
Veronica Rossi  is in a frenzy over FRACTURE
Katy Upperman  ponders THE FUTURE OF US
Stasia Ward Kehoe sends Santa her YA book wish list


  1. I won an ARC so I'll let someone else win. I'm halfway through the book and LOVING it. I agree with your review so far. Can't wait to finish it.

  2. I'd love to join but I already read the e-galley (and posted a review as well). But this was an awesome book. Definitely one of my favorites.

  3. I havent read it and Id love to! It sounds like just my kind of story :)

  4. Ooh, pretty! Look at the shiny! *fangirl squeal*
    Lol. I'd luuuuuv to read this book :) Thanks!

  5. I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

  6. I'd love to play please.


  7. I've been wanting this book for months!! It just received a starred Kirkus review. Cannot wait!


    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  8. I'm dying to read this book, i've read good reviews about it! Please, please count me in!
    GFC follower


  9. Ooh, would *love* to win!

    I'm so lucky to be with the same editorial group at Harper as Veronica, too! And we're agency sisters.)

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm really looking forward to this book and would love a chance to win. Happy Holidays!

    GFC - Marg


  11. This is the *only* international giveaway of Under The Never Sky that I've come across. And since it's not available at the bookstores out here, I'd LOVE to win. I mean, this book's been on my wishlist for so long, its only fair it comes down to my tbr pile now ;)

  12. Love the dramatic cover and the title! Would love to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I'd love to read this. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC name: Erinberry

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  14. Aaaaaah, I'm definitely putting this on my TBR list! :) Must read!

  15. Oooh, I'd love a copy!

    sign me up

  16. I'd love to read and review this!
    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

    GFC under Jen

  17. I am a blog follower via GFC: Momo (Books Over Boys).

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and I will surely post my review on my blog!

    booksoverboys at hotmail dot com

  18. I'm always up for a steamy romance, lol. Count me in :)

  19. I can't waittt for under the never sky!!!!!!!! loveeeee the cover :)
    Alyssa Sooklal

  20. Ohh, I would love love love to win this book :D It sounds so awesome. <33 Can't wait to read and review it :)
    Love, Carina

  21. I want a copy! I'd love to win. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. tmilstein at gmail dot com

  22. As always you get me so hyped to read a book. It sounds great and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the chance.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  23. This book sounds great.

  24. I usually love all the books you suggest and this book sounds great as always!

  25. I'm with readingmind above . . . I always love your recommendations--so count me in.

  26. I've seen so many good things about this novel, and can't wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  27. I've heard nothing but good about this book! I'd love to win it!!! :)

    themgowl at gmail dot com

  28. I have heard so many good things about this book! I would love to read it. :] Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a GFC follower. :]

    Gabi: teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

  29. This books sounds very promising, definitely going to put it on my to read list. Thank you for hosting yet another giveaway.

  30. I would love to read UNDER THE NEVER SKY thank you.


  31. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  32. This book looks amazing!! Thank you for this giveaway!

    I follow as Angie

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. Ooh!! I can't wait to read this--it looks fantastic!
    (I hope I win it!!)

  34. I am so anxious to get my hands on a copy of this! I can't wait to read it.

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  35. Sounds awesome! Throw my name in the hat please.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  36. I love the cover. Blue is my favorite color. :D Thank you!

  37. Great cover and I'd love to review I do have a review blog after all must make myself productive lol

    GFC - Jessica ( frellathon )


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  39. I've been wanting to read this book for so loong! And I find it so cool that Veronica is also Brazilian! I can't wait to read it and hopefully I will win this ARC :)
    I'll post a review on my blog!
    and I follow as Kel Naddeo

  40. Sooo want to read this! It sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. I'd love to get my hands on Under The Never Sky!Please count me in!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  42. I've heard good talk about this book. THANKS for the chance to win and read it!


  43. hi!

    thank you for making it international. i'd love to get a copy of this :)

    isamlq (sassyreads)

  44. Awesome!!! Please count me in, I am desperate to read this. Love the cover! I'd be more than thrilled to review it on my blog :) Thanks for the opportunity!


  45. I'm crossing my fingers so hard to win this one.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)


  46. Looks like it would be worth a read. Have to judge for myself if it's a dystopian story or not.

  47. I'm going crazy trying to win an ARC of this book, so thank you so much for the chance! I love dystopian books so much! :D

  48. This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time! :) Thanks for the review and the chance to win! *crosses fingers* Have a great holiday season!!

  49. Ooh, it sounds like an awesome book :) Can't wait to read it!



  50. I am dying to read this book. it sounds so amazing and the reviews have been wonderful. **cross fingers**

  51. Gosh, that cover is breathtaking. People raving about what's inside only makes it more appealing. ;)

    Thanks for the contest!


  52. I have been *dying* to read this book, it would be awesome to win! Thanks for the giveaway!!!



  53. I would love, love, LOVE to win this book! :) Thanks so much for the chance & happy holidays!

    Old GFC follower - FreakChiq


  54. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!! I love sci-fi/dystopias. :)

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org


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