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Vampire Academy Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead
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Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) - Veronica Rossi He jerked when she traced the shape of the wings on his skin, a groan sliding out of him. Perry silently cursed himself. He couldn't have sounded more savage if he'd tried.4.5 stars. I fell so in love with this book that I scrapped my original thought to do a rolling montage of a girl walking in combat boots with her hair blowing in the wind while the theme song of The Young And The Restless played in the background. I realized that I just wanted to talk about the damn book without being sarcastic or witty for a change. Yes, I had this entire scene playing out in my head because of that damn soap opera book cover (which, btw, is actually a cool looking cover). Surprisingly enough, just about every single thing which would normally make me rant, jeer and shake my head was present in this book. There was serious pining, prose bordering on purple, crazy names, more romance than needed for sci-fi, a few hazy world building details, etc. etc. Yet, I found that this author had the talent to pull it all off in such a way that I didn't mind hearing 20 times how Aria had the scent of violets (imagine that!). Ms. Rossi has got the flair. Not the "spirit fingers" type of flair, but she has that certain "something" when it comes to her writing which makes me want to be dropped down into the middle of this crappy dystopic world and spend time with Aria, Perry and Roar - simply because I want to be in the presence of such dynamic personalities.The writing style was third person rotating PoV's. Now that's something you don't see every day. Usually, third person flows in and out among the characters without hard edged distinctions. In this tale, the main characters got separate chapters, yet the perspective stayed focused on the atmosphere around the characters instead of a first person account. I was surprised at how much I FELT, given the writing style. I could relate to what Aria and Perry were thinking and feeling, even without the use of "I" in the story. My stomach was doing flip-flops at certain crucial points in the book. In a good way!The world was complex, yet still had a few gaps that needed to be filled in. Hopefully, we'll get more answers in the next couple of books about the world structure and genetic twists (this science almost feels like magic). Truth be told, it took me over a week to get through the first 25% of the book. The first few chapters were pretty darn confusing. The slow start is the one and ONLY reason why I had to stick with 4.5 stars because the second half of the book was 5 stars all the way. Once I met Perry and started to see who he was as a person, I found myself falling hard and fast. Even though most of my review will focus on the characters and feelings, I should add that there was a healthy does of adventure, survival, world politics, techie stuff (virtual reality), etc. in this book. It wasn't all swoony fluff. This is probably a girlier form of sci-fi. Normally, I prefer to keep my romance isolated to other genres because I want to see more of the techie side of sci-fi. With this book, the romance was the draw. And this time, was I not only okay with it, but I was completely absorbed in it. A story like Aria and Perry's is rare. I devoured every moment of their interaction because it was absolutely beautiful. While I am happy that the world and story was interesting and engaging, I will let you read someone else's review if you want a book summary. The racial/genetic talents were exciting to read about and I liked how the characters started out as enemies before finding solace in one another. It amused me to no end that Perry's first impression of Aria was that she (literally) stunk because of where she'd come from. We'll be here all night if I tell you everything I liked about the story, so I'm going to end this review with the main reason why I will be gushing about this book : the characters. Peregrine (Perry) - I have kids who have watched Phineas and Ferb, so it was hard not to think of Perry the Platypus when seeing the name Perry. This character has to be one of my new favorite male characters. He's tough, protective, and strong...yet still managed to be one of the nicest guys I'd seen after we got past his standoffish exterior. I adore characters with multiple layers.His hair looked like it had never seen a brush. Snarled blonde ropes, all uneven in length and color, coiling in every direction. As he'd spoken, she could've sworn she'd glimpsed canines that were slightly too long and canine. But nothing was more hideous than his eyes. The Savage's eyes were bright green but also reflective, like the eerie gaze of a nocturnal animal.He didn't have a clue what book he'd chosen. He couldn't read. Had never learned. He walked out of the cave before she could see that and call him a stupid Savage.He smiled. It was the lion grin she'd only seen a few times. Sweet and engaging, with a hint of shyness. It showed a whole part of him she didn't know.Peregrine or Perry? She didn't know what to call him. Perry made her shoes from book covers and taught her how to find berries. Peregrine had tattoos and flashing green eyes. He twirled a knife without fear of cutting himself and put arrows through people's necks.Aria - She's got some attitude, but still falls into a very acceptable version of normal. She isn't badass for no apparent reason, nor is she a complete dumb girl who needs to be rescued non-stop. And at least the reason for her being named Aria made more sense than what I've seen in other stories (America Singer comes to mind).Roar - I want me a Roar. I'm kicking myself now for not reading his prequel with Liv first. This will have to be fixed asap because I loved Roar almost as much as Perry. His playful and good-natured cockiness balanced Perry's serious nature perfectly.Up close, she saw the gleam in Roar's gaze. He had a prince's looks but a pirate's eyes."Seers are good at looking, and good-looking, but before you start wondering, no, I'm not a Seer. Just lucky."Sigh. I have nothing else to say. I will be having a serious book fantasy about these characters and world over the next few days while anxiously awaiting my chance to dig into book 2 of this series.Of warmth and calluses. Soft and hard together. She absorbed the beauty of him and his world. Of every moment over the past days. All of it, filling her up like the first breath she'd ever taken. And never had she loved life more.Oh, and HOLY CRAP to that ending, btw. :p