Let the Sky Fall
Author: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Pulse
Hardcover: 404 pages
Broken by their pasts. Divided by their futures. Bound by love.
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's swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she is real.
Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a slyph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian- Vanes 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 of 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.
The only thing that drew me to this book was the gorgeous cover and of course, it reminds me of Adele's Skyfall (try listening to this song while reading this book-but only if you're good at multi-tasking). The cover itself is amazingly beautiful and breathtaking with the main characters, Audra and Vane, being surrounded by the orange-brown wind/sand. I'm glad to have read this book as well as to have it.
The plot in this book is unique. I have never read or heard of a book like this one. Its about Windwalkers. People who have the ability to control the wind, call it by their windsong, be apart of the wind, attack people with it. But there are only 4 groups of winds: Notherlies, Easterlies, Southeries, and Westerlies. They have a weapon called a windslicer-- its just a bunch of awesome, right?
Anyway, the book centers around Vane and Audra. The book provides both points of view, in 1st person, one each chapter. Though it would have been better if the book was just in Vane's voice. I like Vane. He's sweet, funny, and kind. He had a hard life- well...its difficult. Every girl he dates, something bad happens. He lives with his adoptive parents. His real parents died when he was younger. But worst of all, he lost his childhood memories.
Then Audra. I thought she was an ok character. I think most of the time she tried too hard not to find Vane attractive, then she always pushes him away. But she is strong and likable.I only like her pet Gavin. But she too, like Vane, have some family issues and problems.
A thing that I disliked about this book was Audra's I'm-your-protector-so-I-cant-fall-for-or-have-any-sort-of attraction-towards-you-even-though-deep-down-i-do.
I'm not gonna spoil and say more about the book. You'll have to read the rest yourself to find out. There's a lot of action and romance. But its that kind of story where the romance doesn't overwhelm the story and takes over--which is a totally good thing.
You should definetly read Let the Sky Fall as soon as possible. Seriously. You won't regret it. I sure didn't. It has everything- action, humor, romance, awesome fight scenes and oh- awesome powers! I really never read a book like this one before. Like, buy the book now! And everytime...listen to Skyfall by Adele.
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger deserves a 4.8/5.