Friday, 18 April 2014

Mini Reviews #1 - Sever by Lauren DeStefano and Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

I don't want to do full reviews of every book I read but I also do want to talk about every book I read, Dilemma. Solution - Mini reviews, where I don't go in depth but simply state what I thought of the books.

Title: Into The Still Blue
Series: Under The Never Sky #3
Author: Veronica Rossi
Published by: ATOM on February 6th 2014
Genre: YA Scifi/fantasy Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Public Library
Check it out on Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts: I finished this book about two days ago and I still don't quite know what I think. I did enjoy it and I think it was a good ending to the trilogy - it just didn't blow me away. The first two books were great, after I finished the first one I had to have the second one and that lived up to its expectations. This one was good - it was action packed and the character development was wonderful but UGH I just don't know, I feel like something was missing but I can't put my finger on what. If you know what is it please tell me.

Overall, I think this was a great YA dystopian trilogy with wonderful characters and I would really recommend it.

Title: Sever
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Author: Laure Destefano
Published by: HarperCollins on February 12th 2014
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Public Library
Check it out on Goodreads

Goodreads Synopsis: With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

My Thoughts: I thought that this was a great end to really unique dystopian trilogy. I loved Reed and that Vaughn doesn't, I even loved Cecily by the end of the book - she has really grown up since the last one, Fever. I liked how I, along with Rhine, questioned if Vaughn really is as evil as we think he is. There is a great big reveal, the kind that I want in every dystopian - what is happening in the rest of the world? I was surprised that I cried at a certain sad event near the end of the book, I didn't know I cared that much.

I really enjoyed the whole trilogy and I heartily recommend it.

Have you read either of these trilogies?
What did you think?


  1. I felt the same way about Into the Still Blue! My issue was that I was totally underwhelmed with the final fight scene. It happened too fast! And I didn't like how the thing with Cinder was handled - that should have felt more important. I still need to read Sever >.>

    Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat

    1. Maybe that is what it was - the stakes just weren't high enough & everything was resolved to soon and yes to the Cinder thing ;-(


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