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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) – Veronica Rossi (A Review)

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

I’d heard a lot about this book prior to reading it. I heard it was a dyspoian styled story, where the main character is fighting for her survival out in the wilderness. Now loving Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games, I thought I’d also like this book. But I’ve been putting off reading it, new books always finding themselves in to my hands before this one, until one day I just sat down and decided that today was the day I read Under the Never Sky.

I found the whole world a bit confusing. The different “Realms” and the matter of virtual life and real life got a bit confusing, and I struggled to understand how it would all work and why people are so eager to buy into it and accept a virtual world as real. But as the book went on I began to understand more. I can’t deny that it was interesting, but it was frustrating to spend the beginning of the book like ???

The beginning of the book certainly didn’t start of slow. We’re thrown into sudden action, drawing in your attention as you question why, why, why about everything that happens. Once again, these why’s weren’t answered towards the ending of the book. This is understandable as if it was all suddenly revealed at the beginning there wouldn’t have been much mystery at all, but at the same time at points it felt slowly drawn out.

This book is told from both Perry and Aria’s perspectives. This was great since they both come from two different worlds essentially, and we got to see and understand both through them. It also helped to understand the tension between the two different types of people, as we got to see how much hate and wary they are to each other (not that it lasts for long!)

There was some good world-building going on with the different tribes and the different “powers” that people have. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these tribes and tensions play out in the next installment.

I really am kicking myself for not having the next two books on hand so I can binge read this series. But oh well, something to look forward to reading in the New Year!

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The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2) – Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (A Review)

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to school in the magical world of the Magisterium . . .

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium but things only intensify there. The Alkahest – a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic – has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes – and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict -and a whole world’s fate.

An enjoyable sequel to the Iron Trial. It’s been a year since I have read the first book, and luckily that didn’t hinder my reading experience. Thankfully the book went over a lot of details and main plot points of the first book, making it easy to jump right back into the world.

This book was okay. I can’t say that I loved loved it, but I didn’t not like it. It was okay, it was good and I will still continue on with the series.

I very much enjoy the magic system. With the chaos, and Callum making an “Evil Overlord” column. The latter was funny, if not a little cynical at times — he constantly questions even the smallest of things. This really does show the inner conflict he’s in, and his own struggle on whether he truly is the evil Mage that people said he was.

It’s exciting to see them move up through different years, and learn more about their own magic. Since they didn’t spend much time at the school in this book, hopefully there will be more in the next.

*SPOILER* So when Call finally announced that he was actually Constantine, his friends took it pretty well. Well, everyone but Jasper, but he’s not exactly best friends with Call. I feel like Jasper’s was the most appropriate reaction. Someone who had murdered hundreds of mages is in front of you and you’re just standing there? Like nope. Yes, Aaron and Tamara both were disbelieving and unwilling to admit it…but they just seemed to accept it so easily. I don’t know, I was expecting a bit more from the revelation than what we got. A bit more anger? Maybe there will be more of this in the next instalment…*SPOILER ENDS*

I would like to see more of Alex. Hm…I think there might be a lot more to his character than what we see. But let’s just all accept that Havoc is the best character!

Overall, this was a good, enjoyable, easy read and I will be picking up the next one!

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