|Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Digital Copy
Buy It: Amazon
|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 had this mostly written days ago but then this little thing called the NCAA Tournament happened and I got super distracted. Apologies for the delay.
I read this book in about 6 hours. And I gave it 5 stars. Does that tell you something? Generally I’m a pretty fast reader and I read this at the beginning of a 2-day bender where I read 5 books – YIKES! Anyway, I’ve been anticipating this book for agessssss. Not only is the cover gorgeous, the premise is fantastic and Shannon Messenger is a total sweetheart. You guys should totally follow her on Twitter if you don’t already. To the point, the combination of great writing, a fascinating plot put out by an awesome author was part of the reason I kept reading incessantly for the next 36 hours. (That also might have something to do with the fact that I actually had two days in a row off.) Anyway, Messenger dips into mythology some with Let the Sky Fall, but only to a certain degree, which I liked because so many times mythology-based novels can be bogged down in the mythos. This one was not — it had just the right amount, enough to get me super interested but not too much to get me confused.
The story begins with Vane bored on summer vacation. His best friend convinces him to go on a blind date, which is where he sees Audra — but not for the first time. Vane has been dreaming about Audra for as long as he can remember and he’s unconsciously been searching her out everywhere he goes. Now he’s finally seen her and he confronts her! But his blind date was going really well and when he takes the girl home he almost kisses her. A mysterious wind keeps them apart, however, and Vane still has yet to get his first kiss. We then learn that Audra is manipulating the wind so that nothing can happen. And that she has perhaps been doing similar things for much longer than Vane even suspects.
It turns out that Audra has been watching and protecting Vane for most of his life, without his knowledge of course, because he’s like her and he just doesn’t know it. They are wind manipulators called sylphs. It’s really very cool and something different that I haven’t seen from any novel that I’ve read. Obviously everyone has different affinities for different things, but the basis is the same – the ability to call on and control the wind. We quickly learn that Vane is so important because he’s the last of the Westerleys, the sylph line that can control the Westerlies [winds.] Pretty important in the sylph world.
I don’t want to ruin anything, but the plot is engaging and intriguing and is a great introduction to the series as a whole. When it was over, I knew there would be more, but I was also happy where it stopped (FOR NOW.) Not only are Vane and Audra battling the enemies they’re anticipating, they’re battling some internal conflicts they weren’t expecting either. And there’s the whole fact that Vane needs to deal with the fact that he’s a sylph and he needs to learn how to be a sylph. Plus there’s some stuff that Audra’s hiding from him that comes to light later — don’t worry the reader knows what it is long before Vane does. Overall the angst and the conflict were fantastic and I couldn’t put it down to save my life. This is just the first book since Pivot Point that I would highly recommend both because of originality and overall writing. This one isn’t one to be missed and I can’t wait for the next one!