Review: Into The Still Blue

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

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

Though this was a good installment, and a fulfilling finale, there was just something lacking in this for me to really love it. Honestly, it may have been the relationship between Aria and Perry. This was perhaps the least swoony of the three, and while I don’t think that’s a bad thing, I did expect more depth in this last book. Their relationship up to this point has been the heat of a new relationship, and the trials of trying to merge two people and their differences together, so I really wanted some strong moments between them in this one, and I felt like they always fell a bit flat and went more towards the physical.

Beyond the love aspect, I did enjoy watching our two ‘villains’ come together, see them compared, watch how they each dealt with things and who ultimately was the most villany. There was good conflict, good growth with Perry, the Tides and Dwellers, and a lot of our secondary characters in general. I also appreciated that the ‘happy’ ending wasn’t too neat, it took a lot for everyone to make it to that point in the story, and they still had a long way to go at the end.

Overall, this was a fun, original, and enjoyable series, and I look forward to more of Rossi’s work.

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