Sunday, June 22, 2014

GUEST REVIEW: LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger




Title: Let the Sky Fall
Series: Sky Fall, #1
Author: Shannon Messenger
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Ellen’s rating: 4/5

SUMMARY

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.




REVIEW

Having recently read a few truly rapidly-paced books, I found Let the Sky Fall, with its slower pace, to be a pleasantly relaxing read. All Vane can remember from the category-five tornado that killed his parents, is a girl. Now this girl, Audra, who had been invading his dreams since the tornado, appears in the flesh and proceeds to turn everything that Vane believes in upside down.

I found the first part of this book a bit slow; even slightly boring. However, as soon as the two main characters, Vane and Audra, started to grow on me, I became more invested in the tale. Despite the slow beginning, Let the Sky Fall becomes truly suspenseful and action filled towards the end.

The compact nucleus of characters are well crafted and kept consistent throughout the story. I initially thought Vane handled the news about what and who he really is, too well. That is until he, very realistically, rebels against his new future. Audra came across as cold and hard in the beginning but when romance becomes a reality for them, she shows a remarkable penchant for warmth and passion.

I loved the quirky, witty dialogue in Let the Sky Fall. Audra and Vane may be a bit otherworldly but they are still teenagers in a modern world.

In this book you will enjoy a multitude imaginative ways in which winds and storms can be used for travel, as well as with which to do battle. The addition of some tender romance, a treacherous mother, and a really nasty antagonist makes this a well balanced story suitable for readers of all ages.








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ABOUT the AUTHOR


Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. She's the author of the middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and the SKY FALL series for young adults. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats.



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