Author: Shannon Messenger
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Mythology
Recommended For Fans of: Becca Fitzpatrick, Katie McGarry, Erin Bowman
Synopsis: For the past 10 years, seventeen year old Vane Weston has always felt a little lost since he survived the category 5 tornado, in which his parents perished. All he can remember from that night is seeing a beautiful young girl in the midst of the chaos, who continues to haunt his dreams. When he finally catches a glimpse of her in real life, Vane discovers that she is not like anything he could ever have imagined. Audra is a Windwalker, and Vane's guardian, sworn to use her powers of wind control to protect Vane from the evil forces who are determined to capture him and kill him- just like his parents were, 10 years ago. Now Vane must train his body and mind to allow the wind to help him become who he truly is, and Audra must also learn to let Vane in her heart- and let him protect her too. Told in alternating point of views, this mythical story of love among destruction and ruin will rapture and blow the minds of readers everywhere, as long as they listen to the call of the wind.
Review: I have to say, this book made me feel a lot of emotions. Anger at Audra's horrible mother, anger when either Vane or Audra was being selfish, mushy when Vane and Audra were being all cutesy and stuff (haha) and amazement at how vividly these scenes were written. When Vane or Audra conjured up a windstorm or a current, it felt like I was right there with them, and Shannon Messenger is fantastic for writing Let The Sky Fall this way. Sometimes it did get a little wordy, such as when Vane goes on to describe how quote, unquote, hot his best friend's girlfriend was. There were some unnecessary rambling done by either character, which is why I gave this book 4 stars. However, the premise of this novel did entice me. Audra is definitely the stronger character in this novel, making this a good read for any supporters of feminism and all that stuff. But beware! Audra does tend to get a little annoying (in my opinion). But of course, Vane never thinks so. Okay maybe he does once in a while. I'm not gonna say; just read the book.
Conclusion: It's hard not to imagine Avatar the Last Airbender when reading this book, but then Ms. Messenger describes Vane and a picture of Zac Efron comes to mind. Definitely worth giving this book a chance;) It's been a while since I've read a book where the characters are involved with natural elements, and I cannot think of any previous books that can top Let The Sky Fall. I really look forward to the sequel (out March 2014) and I think you will too, if you read this book.
Oh and by the way, did you know the name Audra is French for Nobility and Strength? Yeah I didn't either, I had to Google it :D