Title: Let the Sky Fall
Author: Shannon Messenger
Series: Let the Sky Fall, #1
Date(s) read: April 12 – 13, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Simon & Schuster PulseIt
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.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and their PulseIt! program for a copy of this book for review!
I hadn’t really intended on reading Let the Sky Fall, by Shannon Messenger, but I will admit that the cover of the book has been catching my eye for quite some time now. When I saw that it was one of the “read now” books on Simon & Schuster’s new website PulseIt! I decided that now would be a perfect time to read it — especially since I had been hearing really good things about Shannon’s writing and about this book.
I definitely wasn’t disappointed! I love a book that is something different from the vampires, werewolves, witches, or other supernatural creatures that are out there. Sometimes it feels like I’m reading the same thing over and over again. This is why I was completely entranced by the fact that the main character, Audra, was a windwalker, a sylph — someone who controls the wind. I had only read about characters like her in books about witches (you know the books — one person controls fire, one air, one water, etc.) so it was refreshing to read something where the main character isn’t a witch.
The characters were … interesting. I have to admit that I had my reservations towards Audra in the beginning — I thought she was bossy, demanding, and a horrible, horrible teacher. She was constantly going on about Vane and how he was frustrating, but she was very frustrating herself. And then there was Vane. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be swooning after him in the beginning, but he came across as a bit of a pig. I *wanted* to like him, but it took quite some time for me to do so — and even after I started to like him, he still wasn’t very much of a gentleman.
I did really like the way that this story was told, with the dual point of views between Audra and Vane. I’m not sure if I couldn’t stood the book had it been told by just one or the other. I was also happy that there wasn’t an overabundance of characters involved in the story — there was the odd side character, like a friend of Vane’s or Audra’s mother, but all other character were learned about through flashbacks and memories. I wish there had been some more world building, or at least some more clarification, since I did find some of the explanations of sylphs to be somewhat confusing, or lacking. I also would have liked more of a background as to the history of the sylphs. Audra hints at a hierarchy, but we don’t really get to know if there are others out there besides her family and the “gales.”
This was a very fast read, even if the pace was a little off in sections. I still felt like the story progressed quite quickly and I did find myself wanting more once it finished. I’m very interested to see where the story is going to go next, since Messenger set us up for quite a few things that could happen.