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October 14, 2013 • Cee • Reviews

Veronica Rossi - Roar and LivRoar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5) by Veronica Rossi
October 30, 2012
HarperCollins
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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.

myreviewFirst sentence: “I make my move when the tribe is asleep.”

For those who have never read Under the Never Sky (like me), Roar and Liv doesn’t go in-depth with the world the characters live in. We get glimpses of their society and what I have read interests me. I can’t say whether this novella adds anything to Under the Never Sky, but I can say that we get background on Roar’s and Liv’s relationship (who I assume aren’t as heavily focused in the first book) and we get to see how Roar, Liv, Perry, and Brooke are a family. Roar is dependent on them and that breaks my heart to see it all fall to pieces.

Roar and Liv’s interactions make me smile. (I’m a romantic, okay.) They are soo cute together. When they held each other, fangirling squeals emerged from my mouth. I just want them to have all the happiness in the world, but obviously, that is not going to happen, especially after what Vale, Perry’s and Liv’s brother, decide to do to save his people.

Vale makes me sooo angry. He was such a dick to Perry and Liv. I understand that he is Blood Lord so he has to put his people before his own family, but he doesn’t have to be cruel. I find him to be interesting because of what he does to Perry (beating him up) to show his dominance. He shows that he’s insecure about his position of power. He seems like he’s doing unnecessary preventive measures against his brother from usurping his role as Blood Lord. I don’t think that Perry has done anything that warrants this kind of treatment he gets from Vale. It’s actually really sad that there’s no trust between them (I can understand why from Perry, but not Vale).

There are a lot of things I want to learn about this series that this novella does not answer like the Blood Lord thing and the tribe and the powers aspect. Under the Never Sky, watch out. I’m gonna read you soon.

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