Hello and welcome to today's stop on the Through the Ever Night blog tour! For those of you who have never been here before, we are a blog of five authors of books for young adults who have been blogging together and sharing our work for three years. We have loved Veronica (and her work) from the beginning, and we are thrilled to be able to welcome THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT into the world.
It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.
Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
Today, we're going to tease you with our favorite quotes from TTEN...
As she stepped outside, the ghostly moan of the wind raised the hair on her arms. Below, she saw the Snake River, its black water rippling with Aether light. Smoke lifted up from the chimneys of homes along the banks, and she could see the bridge she and Roar had crossed only yesterday. In the darkness it stood as an arc dotted with points of firelight.
It’s impossible to select one quote that is my absolute favorite, but I picked one that exemplifies one of the best things about THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT – the world building. I write contemporary novels and still struggle at times with descriptions of a real world completely familiar to me and my readers. Veronica, however, is able to write about places no one has ever seen and she does it in such a way that readers instantly connected to both the place and the characters. There is just the right blend of the familiar with the unique. Veronica writes about her creation with complete conviction. She knows it—down to every tiny detail. Because of that, we experience the wonders of this world she has created for the first time as readers, and it seems completely plausible and real to us, too.
The ocean stretched out before her, alive, spreading to the end of everything. She heard a million waves, each one distinct, ferocious, but together a chorus that was serene and grander than anything she'd ever known. She'd seen the ocean plenty of times in the Realms, but it hadn't prepared her for the real thing.
"If beauty had a sound, this would be it."
"I knew it would help," Roar said, his smile a white flash in the darkness. "Auds say the sea holds every sound that's ever been heard. All you have to do is listen."
I love Veronica's stories because they make an unknown world real, because they bring fresh characters alive in my imagination and because they capture my emotions and attention for hundreds of pages. But I love Veronica's writing for this. For passages so true and so beautiful that they bring tears to my eyes and make me feel as though I (who spent my childhood on the seashore and quite a bit of time at sea) am seeing and hearing the ocean for the first time--and all the beauty and grace it brings with it. That beauty and grace comes from Veronica's talent, skill and dedication to bringing vibrant details to life. Watch for them. And savor them.
He leaned in, twisting a strand of her hair around his finger as he kissed her bottom lip. “But I was also wondering what you were doing around Butter today.”
Aria laughed. That was attractive. She smelled like horse. “Do you ever miss anything?”
Perry smiled. “You, all the time.”
I love this! The first time I read it, I had to set down the book for a second, so I could literally swoon. It's achingly romantic, adorable and funny. With all Aria and Perry go through in this book, they really earned this light moment to just breathe and enjoy each other.
One of my favorite moments in THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT happens between Aria and Perry's sister, Liv. The girls have recently met, and a friendship is just beginning to form between them. It begins with Liv, who's decided to sleep in Aria's room, and I love it because it's so normal, and because Aria has sorely lacked for time with a girlfriend.
Here it is.
"I'm going to sleep here. Sorry if I snore."
"Sure, why don't you stay? There's plenty of room if neither of us moves."
"That won't be a problem. I can't move anyway. This dress is like wearing a tourniquet."
"You tied the belt wrong. I've worn that style of dress in the Realms. I could show you the right way."
"No need. It's a stupid dress."
Aria laughed. "It's not stupid. You look amazing in it. Like Athena."
"Yeah?" Liv yawned again and closed her eyes. "I thought Roar would like it. All right. Show me how to tie the stupid dress tomorrow."
When Reef and two other men appeared, she and Perry stood several paces apart—the distance between strangers.
This is the last line of the second chapter of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT and it was the moment when I stopped the treadmill, highlighted it, and thought, “Damn, she’s done it again.”
To me, the line sets the tone for the whole story: the forced distance between Perry and Aria. The two long to be together, but they must make decisions to stand apart for the betterment of both their societies. They are growing up and making more adult choices – as painful as those are. And that tension resonates through the entire story. In fact, I warn you that Aria and Perry are rarely together in this novel – but, in my opinion, it made the pages turn all that much faster.
And another word of caution: don’t try to work out while reading this book because you’ll be interrupted often highlighting entire passages just because they’re that good.
We'd love to hear your favorite quote--and if you're new to the blog, we'd love to see you again! Remember, it's all TTEN, all the time this week. And don't miss the rest of the tour--it starts here.
And as a bonus for being here during the blog tour, you can enter for the chance to win super-fabulous TTEN prize pack, including swag, cover-matching nail polish, and signed copies of both UNDER THE NEVER SKY and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT.