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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

I was on the fence for a while about the first in Shannon Messenger's Sky Fall series, Let The Sky Fall. I don't know what it was, but I just wasn't sure about it. But I finally broke down and decided to give it a read.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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: 1) I always like stories with elemental magic as a basis. So that was the first thing that drew me into the story. And this one definitely took the element of wind in a unique direction, and it was very different from other books I've read with an elemental magic aspect. 2) Building on the elemental magic story, I thought Audra was very interesting. She had a lot of strength and power, so she was a pretty hard core character. But as hard core as she was, and however hard she tried to stay that way with Vane, he managed to bring out a more playful side, and a more thoughtful side in her. I really liked the way that Vane and Audra complemented each other. The relationship was one of the most well-written I've read in a while. While Vane on his own wasn't that great, when he came together with Audra, the two played off of each other very well.

What I Didn't Like: While I thought the character relationships were interesting, the plot line just didn't hold up that well. I think the idea was good, and creative, but the execution just wasn't that great. It felt like...I was begging for more action.

Overall Thoughts: Shannon Messenger's Let The Sky Fall was a creative idea with some great character development. I definitely wanted more to grip me from the plot line, it seemed to just move too slow with no big punches that a story like this one should have. I do plan on giving this story another shot when book two arrives on the scene. But for now, while I believe that it has potential, I'm left feeling a little deflated. My

Rating: 2 shots

1 comment:

  1. Aw! I like the cover. I haven't read anything with an air elemental in it. Wish the plot line had been better for you!


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