Title: Let the Sky Fall
Author: Shannon Messenger
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Age Group: Middle school and above
Synopsis: “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”(Amazon.com).
I haven’t talked much about Shannon Messenger, one of my favorite authors EVER, on my blog because I never have anything critical to say about her work. I am in love with her middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities and have been following as each book is released (this includes one week of WOW and fifty one weeks of HOW LONG UNTIL THE NEXT ONE?). However, before I even started reading this fabulous series she wrote a trilogy and this book is the first installment.
I’ve been thinking about reading it for over two years now and now finally I got around to it (this shows the extensiveness of my TBR) and let me say it definitely didn’t disappoint. I started reading and within the first paragraph I could totally see the author’s beautiful style that I recognized from her other work. One thing that stands out about Shannon Messenger’s writing is her beautiful descriptions. She makes me, as the reader, feel like I am totally there in the story and feeling things along with the characters.
This was also just such a unique story idea and was portrayed really well for what it was. The story was well paced and this includes the romantic factors, which I think was the best way for it to be done. I’ve read a lot of YA books that seem to progress unnaturally fast in this area, and although Vane was certainly the epitome of a teenage boy, the romance was mixed in with the main conflict seamlessly. The final climax was, as somewhat expected, very gripping (I would call this one of the author’s trademarks).
I was nervous at first when I saw that this book was written in two points of view, which is generally something I feel when this is done. Writing in multiple points of view is great by all means (some of my favorite books have seven or more!) but if it isn’t done well it can be really confusing to read. My worries were dispelled though and I didn’t get confused at all (though the individual cliffhangers did make me wheeze a little).
I’m so glad I got to read another series by this amazing author and I really recommend it if you like romance and fantasy!