Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Review: Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger Synopsis:
Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past - except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she's real.

Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian - Vane's guardian - and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.

This book is what I’ve come to know as a classic young adult read; filled with action, romance and of course tonnes of teen angst. It had me hooked from the start dismissing the low expectations I’d gathered after reading one too many critical reviews, and I loved it.

The characters were so on point to what I love, particularly Vane. He was cocky and at times I wanted to slap the smirk off his face, but others he was sweet and faithful to the core. Which was so different to Audra who on the outside was very cold and bad-ass with the only aim of following The Gale Force’s orders. However when we saw more from her pov and understood her past, it definitely opened my eyes to why she was this way. This was the greatest advantage from the dual perspectives, but I also loved how it meant we could see the current events with all it secrets from both their eyes.

I can’t wait to see how their story progresses in the sequel and they’ve already helped each other to develop so much. Vane needed Audra to come to terms with what he is and what that entails which is where you could see him changing, but it was most obvious when he started to take things seriously as he saw the consequences if he didn’t.

It was a very light and fun read even with such a dramatic plot, and I think this was because you saw it through 2 very sarcastic and humorous characters. Shannon Messenger still manages to weave in the serious undertones when she mentions the details of the war at hand, which you learn gradually with Vane. This is again where the dual pov came in hand because you could see what Adura didn’t tell him.

Overall this book blew me away (you knew from the start that I was going to use that pun, sorry not sorry) with how much I enjoyed it and I recommend to anyone looked for a very quick YA read that will ensure you want to pick up the sequel.
Favourite Quotes:
“We were two broken, incomplete people. Now we're one. No one will ever understand me the way she will. No one will ever understand her the way I will.” 

“My Mom’s grinning her my little boy is growing up smile and my dad looks like he wants to pat me on the back and call my “slugger”.
Parents: perfecting ways to humiliate their children since the dawn of time.”

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