Book Review: Let The Sky Fall (Let The Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger

Author: Shannon Messenger

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release date: March 5, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TO PIECES!

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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. — Goodreads


A beautifully spun and crafted love story, Let The Sky Fall will have you captivated from beginning to end.

Vane Weston believes he is an ordinary teenage guy who is unlucky with girls until Audra – a girl he’s been dreaming about every since he can remember shows up in his bedroom in the middle of the night. He doesn’t entirely complain, I mean it’s his dream girl and she’s real! But then Audra tells Vane that he’s a sylph, an air elemental. Everything that Vane knew is shattered and he’s thrust into a world he did not know was a part of him all along.

Audra is a gifted guardian, one of the best in the Gale Force. That is why she has been guarding Vane ever since he was a boy. Her duty is to protect Vane at all costs, even if it means sacraficing her own life to do so.

Apart from protecting Vane, Audra needs to awaken his heritage. He is the last Weston – the only person who could possibly defeat Raiden and his Stormers. But the threat of Raiden’s warriors isn’t the only threat indangering Audra and Vane’s safety.

Okay, so I just absolutely adored this book! The book is told from two perspectives: Vane and Audra’s. I really loved Vane’s p.o.v. I was literally fangirling every couple of pages because Vane Weston is the BEST GOOD GUY PROTAGONIST I HAVE READ IN A WHILE. He’s your typical male teenager. Shy, a bit cocky, and sarcastic. I just *sigh* I really loved him.

You know what I liked about him too? His relationship with his mother. Vane is so sweet and considerate to her, to both of his parents. He honestly feels guilty for hiding the truth from her and lying to his parents about where he is when he’s out at the crack of dawn or out all night due to sylph training. Of course, he can’t tell them that he’s training and developing his powers because that would put them at risk. So why did I like that aspect so much? Because for once, the protagonist of a novel cared about what his parents thought about his strange behavior. Also, the parents cared about him immensely even when they weren’t his real parents. They treated him like he was their own flesh and blood. I really liked that underlining message in the novel.

Audra’s character and relationship with her mother is the complete polar opposite of Vane’s. From a very young age Audra has sacrificed her wants and needs for everyone else’s. That is why she is the youngest and the best guardian in the Gale Force. Her level of self control and discipline surpasses her elders. One of the main reasons Audra is so hard on herself is because of the encompassing all consuming guilt she feels for what happened in the category five tornado that killed her father and Vane’s parents. Her mother treats Audra with a cold indifference and makes her feel as if she is not important. I was very sympathetic towards Audra and at one point almost cried because of how little she thought of herself. No one should ever feel that way. No exceptions.

Vane helps Audra realize that she is important that someone does care what happens to her. Audra on the other hand, gives Vane strength. They balance each other out, which is one of my favorite things about the novel. They are each others halves, and it’s undeniable what they have with one another, even before they realize how they feel.

The setting of the story itself is beautiful and uniquely creative. The entire aspect of wind walkers and how they have a special relationship with the wind, understanding their whispers and their songs. So beautiful. The characteristics of each wind: east, west, south and north – were genius! They each have their own temperament and it matches with Vane and Audra’s characteristic, depending on which wind their family comes from.

The ongoing threat of Raiden and his Stormers finding Vane loomed over his and Audra’s mind throughout the novel. The sense of urgency was palpable and created an air of oncoming danger. When the moment came, well – it wasn’t what I was expecting what so ever! Plus, there was a shocking revelation that came to light that was just disheartening!

Oh, and not to mention the ending itself! All I can say is that I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel! I need more Vane and Audra but mostly Vane in my life!

A beautifully spun and crafted love story, Let The Sky Fall, will have you captivated from beginning to end. It was also one of my favorite reads in April and was mentioned in my Goodbye April, Hello May monthly favorites post. It’s charged with romance, action, surprising twists, and voices that will keep you hooked! I highly recommend it, folks! 🙂

P.S. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? It’s so beautiful and it’s also one of the scenes in the book right down to the letter!

P.S.S. I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon at the Yappiest event at Disney a few weeks ago. She is absolutely lovely and so very sweet! I would have posted pictures but I was a spaz and didn’t take pictures of any of the authors O.o

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  1. I cant wait to read it em!

  2. theskepticalreader

     /  May 2, 2013

    Sounds like you had fun reading this one! The cover really is beautiful. 🙂 I cannot wait to get my hands on it when I find it. Nice review! Vane sounds worth reading for.

  3. It’s so true about the parents. They’re so nice and sweet. ❤ Wonderful review. I love it. 😀
    And I am so jealous! You met Shannon Messenger.

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