Saturday, June 29, 2013

Short Review: Roar & Liv by Veronica Rossi

Roar and Liv

Author: Veronica Rossi
Release: October 30th 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Post-Apocalypse, YA
Novella (#0.5)
Series: Under The Never Sky (#1), Through The Ever Night (#2), Into The Still Blue (#3)


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 (, 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.


“We were supposed to be brothers one day, Per. Real brothers ... family.”

God, this novella/short story was extremely sweet and nice. For once, there was a lot of insight into not only Roar, but also Liv and Perry. It was nice to see more of Liv, since we don't see that much of her in Through The Ever Night, and we also get a tiny bit of more backstory to Perry. To Roar as well, obviously, we learn more about where he came from and his past with Liv & Perry. It was very exciting to read about their beginning and their routine.

It's unwise to come between Perry and food.

Veronica Rossi's writing style is one I enjoy very, very much. She has the exact right balance between light, easy and deep, poetic. She has the power to write so that beautiful and meaningful quotes are created, and a few lines later she breaks the too serious mood with a funny quote. Just perfectly balanced.

“Liv or love?” she asks.
I brush her hair away from her neck and rest my hand there, feeling the beating of her pulse. “Either,” I answer. “They're the same to me.”

I adore the way she can so skillfully write romance. I admit, this was a bit heavier than Perry & Aria's romance, but then again, Roar and Liv have more history than P&A. It's understandable. The desperation, anger, frustration and hurt was palpable and, again, I credit that to Rossi's amazing writing.

All in all, a very well done novella. It's really a shame I waited this long to read it...

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