Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland — known as The Death Shop — are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent energy storms will. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild — a savage — and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
First Line: They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod "the Death Shop."
Review: I've had Under The Never Sky sitting on my shelf for maybe a year...or so. I bought it but then kind of got tired of Dystopians and forgot about the book and trust me I regret it. I found the concept of living in a virtual world through an eye piece pretty damn interesting although I would never want that personally. Anyways that is the world in which Ari lives in until things get screwed up and she is kicked out into the real world and left to die which is exactly what she expected would happen but didn't realize that there is more to the outside then what she was led to believe.
The way the book started I was sucked right in but then, I don't know things became a little slow for awhile, I still stuck with it and then a few chapters after the fact things picked right up and I couldn't put it down. I also really loved the world building and I liked how the outsiders, not all but some had special abilities. Also I loved the main characters because even with everything that they were going through and even after falling for each other at the end they still cared about accomplishing what they set out to do from the very beginning.
Overall I really liked it and I already have the second book which I will be diving into very soon. Memorable Quotes ~"If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?"
According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player. With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time. But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.
First Line: " The cleavage popping out of my scandalously low-cut halter top heralds the beginning of Operation Sex Appeal."
Review:Every once in while you just want a light fun romance read and that is what The Fine Art of Pretending was.
So it's all pretty simple Alyssa Reed is tired of being the friend to all the hot guys instead she wants to be the girl that those guys chase after. She doesn't want to be seen as the commitment type of girl but more of the casual type which okay yea its pretty stupid and I kind of was annoyed with her in the beginning because of her reasons behind wanting to do "Operation Sex Appeal" but the girl grew on me as the story continued. Anyways she asks Brandon her awesomely incredible best friend to be her pretend boyfriend and that's where lines are crossed that make both of them question their friendship and if it should be more. I loved Brandon he was this sweet amazing best friend, honestly I was a little jealous of Alyssa because I wish had a guy best friend like that growing up. My only thing is that it took Alyssa changing on the outside for him to see her as more then just a friend, that kind of didn't sit well with me. She was pretty without all that makeup and tight fitted clothes so why did her having to change the way she dressed up make him finally realize the girl of his dreams was her all along? I liked how everything came together at the end Alyssa may have started off with "Operation Sex Appeal" but she came out of that learning a really good lesson on life. Also even though it was a predictable read I was still eager to see how things played out at the end and what would finally bring the two together. Also another big plus for me was that this had dual point of views, I loved knowing what Brandon was thinking and going through during Alyssa's transformation. Now has this plot been done before...yes. Was it predictable...yes. Even with all that I actually still liked it and I have every intention of picking up the next book because I am seriously hoping it is going to be about Justin. Memorable Quotes ~"The scowl on her face is so out of place that it's like being annoyed with a grumpy kitten." ~"Loving someone, being loved...It's worth the pain of losing them."