Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Release Date:March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Advance Reader Copy
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Series: Book #1
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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 just LOVE Shannon Messenger. Read Let the Sky Fall, but you should also read her MG title, Keeper of the Lost Cities, which is simply fabulous too! But back to Let the Sky Fall!
This book is about sylphs! I hadn’t heard of sylphs before, or perhaps I have but wasn’t exactly sure what they were, but now I know! And who knew controlling the wind could be so awesome! The story was told in dual perspectives between Audra and Vane. I love the insight that dual perspectives can give a reader and I really think this story was better because of it. Had I only seen Audra from Vane’s perspective alone I don’t think I would have respected her and admired her as much as I did. Same could said vice versa. Audra was a very intense character and Vane balanced her out nicely.
The plot pace was steady. I’d say slow more than anything. But I understand why it was that way. There was a hole lot of information that Messenger had to get out there before we got down to the really nitty gritty of the story. This was definitely a set up for the series, but at the same time, there is some crazy stuff that happens in this book! That last quarter of the book, especially those last few chapters. I was STUNNED. I just wanted to hand out some hugs!
I really think paranormal fans that are looking for something new and different will really enjoy this story. I can’t WAIT to see where the rest of this series goes. I feel like it’s only going to get better as it goes on, and I really hope I’m right!
This review is part of the Blog Tour for LET THE SKY FALL hosted by Mundie Moms! For all the official information about the blog tour and giveaway info, stop by there! Also be sure to check out Shannon’s pre-order giveaway that she is hosting!
About the Author:
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned–among other things–that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is her first novel, with LET THE SKY FALL, a young adult novel, to follow in 2013. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online atshannonmessenger.com.