Cove/Synopsis from Goodreads.com
By: Shannon Messenger
Publication: March 4th, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis: Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called “charged and romantic.”
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.
But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.
With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?
I didn’t enjoy Let the Storm Break as much as Let the Sky Fall. I found the romance/love triangle to be really heavy, and I was constantly annoyed with Vane for making such perverted comments about Audra. I could tell that the author intended to make him a “normal teenage guy” stereotype, but that doesn’t mean he has to have constant thoughts about Audra’s body and/or outfit.
The love triangle wasn’t a typical love triangle, I’ll give Shannon Messenger that. Solana, Vane’s ex-fiance, was totally in love with him from the beginning and it was quite obvious. Vane did not like her that way, and even she was able to get the message that he only had eyes for Audra. My only problem with this: Why does Solana like Vane in the first place? She’s never met him. She’s never even seen him. Why does she have feelings for her? The author didn’t really elaborate enough for me-I would have accepted the dynamics of the love triangle more if she had conveyed in her writing: “Solana was just in love with the idea of Vane,” not “Solana is in love with Vane.” If she had, Solana wouldn’t feel as much as a plot device to give us readers some drama/love triangle situations, but more as a real character, a real girl.
The cliffhanger at the end wasn’t enough for me. I honestly think the author shouldn’t have ended with a chapter in Vane’s POV, one that explains how he can fix everything. I thought things were going to be impossible to fix when Audra did what she did, but no, it’s still fixable, she’s still alive. Almost everyone on Goodreads was saying that the cliffhanger comes out of nowhere, that it’s a shock, and I was expecting something huge, something that would make me wait outside Barnes and Nobles all night just to be the first to grab a copy of the third book. I didn’t get that. I got what what would’ve been that without Vane’s last chapter.
Summing it up:
Let the Storm Break was a bit disappointing for me. I felt that the author had plenty of options for an amazing, mind-blowing ending, but that she held back a bit. There were so many things that could have happened, so many better ending scenarios. I guess I have to wait for the third book to see if a “Happy Ending” idea is where this series is really going to go, but I suspect that’s how the third book will end.
My rating: 3 stars.