I just finished reading Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger for an Around the World ARC Tour.
A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this “charged and romantic” (Becca Fitzpatrick), lush novel. 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.
I enjoyed this story about slyphs. I thought it was a new take on something paranormal. And it was definitely more character driven than action driven, which I like.
The story was told from two viewpoints: Vane and Audra. I liked Vane. As I've stated before, a lot of times I find myself disliking or not really caring about the story if it's told from a male character's point of view. But I really liked Vane. I could totally see him thinking and acting the way he did, especially the completely "guy" thoughts but they weren't obnoxious at all. And I liked how Audra was strong yet vulnerable (and I love her name!)
I do have to say that I thought the ending was pretty anti-climatic. The whole story was leading up to this one fight and then it was over in just a couple of pages. While I'm definitely a character person, I thought the action scene in this book could be done better. I also felt that we didn't get a really good grasp on all the different winds. I kind of felt confused about them and wished the book would have delved more into it.
But this is the first book in the series and I'll definitely be picking up the next one when it comes out. I want to find out about what's in store for Vance and Audra!
Let the Sky Fall will be released on March 5, 2013.
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 74
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 61
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 64
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for
an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.