Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger


Author: Shannon Messenger
Published: March 5, 2013
Format: Kindle e-book
Pages: 418

Synopsis from Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.
Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

My Review
I wasn't sure what to expect when I decided to read Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. I was in the mood for something new and different. I saw the cover and was instantly drawn to it. I read the synopsis and my decision was made. I mean who wouldn't want to read it, we have Sylph's, a guy by the name of Vane, and young romance. Sounds like the perfect mix for a great story. 

So did it actually live up to the expectation? I have to say "yes" and sadly a little"no". 

There was a lot about this book that was great. The world that Messenger brings to life is absolutely amazing, there is so much detail and creativity in the powers of the winds and how they blend into the story is absolutely brilliant. I applaud Messenger for excellent execution on this part. The story is told in an alternating dual perspective which I loved and there were moments where I wanted to know what was happening from both points of views but she did an excellent job at covering all bases! Leaving no doubts. 

The characters were great, well rounded, each had their own hurdles and issues to deal with. There was no girl falls in love with boy and looses herself to please him. I loved the names of the two main characters, Vane and Audra, they were unique and sexy. But there were moments where I was annoyed by Vane, overall I really liked him, but there were a lot of moments where he appeared a little immature and childish. Then he would snap into this completely different person and I think that's when I was in love. 

So where does the story fall short for me. I think it has to do with the overall plot. There seemed to be things missing but you never could really tell what it was. It felt at times that not a whole lot was happening, the majority of the book was Vane and Audra training and trying to get Vane to have his "breakthrough" there was very few interaction with other characters, which in a way was upsetting because I think the way a character interacts with other characters in a story helps add more depth. 

Overall, I think Let the Sky Fall was a good read, definitely unique and interesting, it was refreshing to read something that was different than the other YA paranormal books. It was sweet and kept me up late at night more than once to see what was going to happen next. I say read it for yourself and tell me what you think!

My Rating 

More like 3.5 stars 

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