(Cover/Synopsis from Goodreads)
By: Shannon Messenger
Publication: March 5th, 2013
Genres(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis: Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past – except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.
Audra is real, but she isn’t human. She’s a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian – Vane’s guardian – and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.
Adele’s song Skyfall was in my head most of the time I read this book, and in fact, as I’m writing this review, I’m playing it as background music.
Let the Sky Fall was a great book with a unique story line, amazing chemistry between the two main leads, and was full of foreshadowing of new adventures and trials to come for Audra and Vane. War? Yikes. Betrothals? Double yikes.
I really enjoyed Audra as one of the main characters. She was so strong at times-but also really broken. I almost didn’t like the fact that she wasn’t really to blame for some of the bad things that happened in the past, it would be nice to see a morally good person still be responsible for something really awful, because that would make the character feel more ‘real’ and less perfect and crafted. With that said, Audra was kick-butt, but not too kick-butt. She actually had a past that would make a person-any person, be so uptight and guilty all the time. Sometimes, in YA especially, the kick-butt heroines don’t even have a reason to be so tough and harsh. She was a really layered character, and I enjoyed following her through the story.
Vane was okay for me. I felt that the ‘you’re a hero but don’t know it for like ten years because some evil dude killed your parents and know he’s out to get you’ plot has been used before (*cough* *cough* Harry Potter).
Vane was always in love with Audra from the beginning, and besides the teenage-boy comments he makes about her, I did like the romance. I liked how even though it took Audra some time to admit that she liked Vane, she didn’t spend all of the book angry at him because she had feelings for him and was secretly mad at herself for it.
I wanted Vane and Audra to finally come face-to-face with Raiden. He was never present in the book, and I was just waiting to see how Shannon Messenger described him and if he was really as ruthless as he was portrayed by everyone who ever fought him. Oh, and the WindWalker idea? Loved it. I loved how there were different languages for each wind direction and how they had their own key words. I’m wondering if Shannon Messenger has any tricks up her sleeve-any water or fire people? That’d be cool!
Summing it up:
Let the Sky Fall was a great blend of characters, romance, and action. I’m hoping the sequel, Let the Storm Break is just as satisfying.