Wednesday, April 3, 2013

LET THE SKY FALL

Let the Sky Fall (Let the Sky Fall, #1)Book Review:  Let the Sky Fall

Author:  Shannon Messenger
Published:  2013
Series:  Let the Sky Fall #1
Genre:  YA Fantasy/Dystopian

So most of the time I don't judge a book by it's cover...but this time I'm totally guilty.  I love the cover!  But when I read the premise I was conflicted.  I felt it had the ability to be originally cool, or a total train wreck.  Turns out it was more originally cool.  I have to hand it to Messenger...people controlling the winds was not a plot I have ever heard of.  But I'm new to the YA book craze.  The Setting paragraph is courtesy Goodreads which probably means it's from the publisher.

The Setting
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.



What I LIKED about this book
The originality aspect for sure.  Not-quite-humans who can control the four types of winds, and even fly without being categorized as angels!  Score one for no angelic flying angels!  After you unwrap the neatly wrapped windwalkers, the plot is actually something we see a lot of in literature.  Man doesn't remember hidden power, guardian sent to protect until he can realize his true potential, perhaps some sparks between the two main characters.  But Messenger didn't stick to total cliches in this one.  Sure Vane and Audra kiss around the time I thought they would but Audra does something unexpected at the end...and Vane is even okay with it.  She could have totally ended the scene with Vane and Audra snogging like crazy but...you'll have to read the book to find out.

While I admired Audra's character, I totally fell in love with the brutally honest Vane.  Being in teenager Vane's head was hilarious, and some of the time definitely not G-rated.  I also loved switching point-of-views between serious Audra and hormonal Vane.

What I DISLIKED about this book
I didn't like how Vane's mom took the news of him being a sylph.  She was much too tolerant of the news.  Maybe we'll learn more about her acceptance in book 2.

Parting Thoughts
Overall I enjoyed Let the Sky Fall, awarding it 4 out of 5 stars.  I'd recommend this book to fans of romance and dystopias, especially if you enjoyed Under the Never Sky.  Messenger kind of left us with a cliffhanger, and an explanation for what we can expect in the next installment.  I hope the sequel blows my way soon! (Once again I know you're in stitches!)   

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