Roar & Liv (Under the Never Sky #1.5) by Veronica Rossi
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Release Date: October 30th, 2013
Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.
After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry's sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv's unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv's union. Normally, Roar couldn't care less about Vale's opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale's leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.
Set in the harsh but often beautiful world of Veronica Rossi's "unforgettable" Under the Never Sky (Examiner.com), this captivating prequel novella stands on its own for new readers and offers series fans a fascinating look into the character of Roar. Poignant and powerful, Roar and Liv is a love story that will "capture your imagination and your heart." (Justine on Under the Never Sky)
It’s no secret that my love for Under the Never Sky has no limits. Somehow, this series has managed to capture my heart. So when I originally heard there was a novella, you can imagine all the book shimmying that occurred. I actually read this one before picking up Through the Ever Night (yes, I know, I probably should have reviewed this before TtEN, but it’s called laziness, ok?), and I ended up enjoying it quite a bit, even though it was a bit predictable.
This story gave us a ton of great insight into not only Roar and Liv, but Perry and his relationship with many key figures in the actual books. We get to actually see some events that were talked about a lot in UTNS. I loved learning so much about Perry, Roar, Liv, and Vale. Perry’s relationships with all of them was extremely intriguing, especially Vale, and it was great getting a better grip on his personality.
Another thing I must add is the wonderful humor. Because even though this is generally a serious book, the touches of humor between Perry and Roar had me laughing so hard. Like that scene when the two are talking about Perry’s future? I could not stop laughing, hahaha. It was a great relief in the pretty intense story.
Overall, this was a great addition to the story, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about our crew of characters.
Breathless (Elemental #2.5) by Brigid Kemmemer
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Supernatural
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Too many secrets. Not enough time.
Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.
But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.
His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.
He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.
It is also not a secret that I have so much love for this series, which again, comes as a complete surprise to me. Nonethless, when I heard that this series had a novella, there was also another series of book shimmying going on, this time with my sister, as she is also a die-hard fan of the Merricks! I must admit, while I guessed the major secret from the very beginning in this novella, I did end up liking this story.
We finally get to dive into the calm-appearing Nick Merrick. And can I just say I’m dying for the full-length novel now? There were some aspects of him that I related so well (no, not the whole plot-twist thing- more of the ‘figuring out who you are’ and ‘gotta keep the calm’ thing). I admired him so much, because I whole-heartedly know how hard it’s to be the one that’s got to put up with the fights, to bring the calm, and to try to maintain your own sanity as well.
While not overly surprising, I definitely enjoyed Breathless, and loved getting a great insight into Nick. Now I’m even more excited for Nick’s full length novel (which has such a great synopsis, fyi).