Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Release Date: 03/05/2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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.
Let me start off by saying that I had great expectations for this book. Like, really really high ones since Keepers of the Lost Cities is one of my favorite books of 2012. Now my hope was totally crushed but it wasn't exactly what I wanted either.
I really liked Audra and Vane; they were interest and good character. I didn't like Audra because of her personality but I don't think I can hold it against her because her past molded her into who she is now.
I also liked the sylph; it's pretty original. The sylph are wind spirits and I've never read anything about them before. I wish there were more books on them and for that, I applaud the author for this book :) The plot was also really engaging and kept me glued to it until I finished it.
What I didn't like was that I felt like everything was too easy. Like, it was too easy for Vane to accomplish the breakthroughs. I thought it should be a lot harder.. I don't know... He did all three of them in one moment and I'm just like, What? Shouldn't it be harder like in Avatar the Last Airbender?
Another thing I didn't like was the complications. I feel like this book is more focused on Audra and Vane's romantic / forbidden relationship than the actual problems with the sylph society. Sure, they were all about training and preventing thousands of people from dying but there wasn't enough action to support that whole thing.
In conclusion, I liked it but it fell beneath my expectations. Even though I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would, the ending still made me want the sequel really badly. Hopefully the second will have an equal balance of romance and action then it'll be as good as it can be :D