Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review ~ Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Cool cover, isn't it?

Book description: 

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 (it may have a minor spoiler in it):

Rating: 4 stars
Date read: June 2 to 4, 2013
Format: Kindle ebook
Where I got it: I bought it when it was on sale

This is such a unique read! I always love reading about a brand new concept, and this was no exception. It was interesting, it was different, and it was great.

I've only come across a sylph in one other book (Endlessly by Kiersten White) and, of course, the ones in Let the Sky Fall were completely different. The world of Windwalkers (as the sylph kingdom was called) had an order and a history to it. There was a villain (though he didn't make a physical presence) and there were a movement to take him and his followers down. It was nice to see structure within the world set within the human one.

I have to admit that I didn't like Audra and Vane as much, though—at least, not at first. After a while, they grew on me. Vane acted a little like a petulant brat when things didn't go his way. Thankfully, he mostly grew out of it as the weight of responsibility settled on his shoulders.

I liked Audra better. She wasn't an absolutely fantastic heroine, but she was a good one. Through her time with Vane, she learned how to forgive herself, and not treat herself so harshly. She had felt a tremendous amount of guilt since the storm that killed her father and Vane's parents, but she came to terms with it (especially after she realized she wasn't to blame). Vane was also able to teach her how to let go, and how to love freely. I love it when I can see the change and growth of a character throughout a story. It’s one of my favorite things to find in books, and the growth of both characters in this book was really good.

I enjoyed reading Let the Sky Fall, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something unique in the realm of YA fiction. It has the ability to blow its readers away with all the cool things that happen (I just wanted to fit that pun into my review).

I've have two extra thoughts to add:
  1. The ability of the Windwalkers to call different winds (four that represented the four directions and held different characteristics) and perform all sorts of tricks was awesome. I loved that. 
  2. Audra’s mother . . . she should be in the running for Worst Mother of the Year or something similar. She was despicable.

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