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I Belong

Early Review: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Title: Let the Sky Fall

Author: Shannon Messenger

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series: Let the Sky Fall (Book 1)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 416  Pages

ISBN-10: 144245041X (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1442450417 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Kayla


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’s 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 the greatest danger might not be he warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.

Quick and Dirty: A girl has to prove that she isn’t a failure, while a guy is coming to grips with being a sylph and learning the girl of his dreams (literally) is real.

Opening Sentence: I’m lucky to be alive.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Vane Weston has forgotten his entire younger years. After being pulled out of the rubble from a tornado at 8 years old, Vane is completely ignorant to the fact that he’s a sylph, someone who can communicate with the winds and convince them to follow directions. Audra is his guardian — and the girl of Vane’s dreams (literally). She is tasked with keeping Vane safe and unnoticeable, while trying to unlock his Westerly breakthrough. Each wind has a different language, and each sylph has a native tongue. Vane is the last Westerly alive, thus the only person who can speak to the western wind.  So when Audra accidentally calls attention to themselves, she has only days before Stormers — the evil cronies of Raiden, who is trying to master the languages of all the winds — show up to kidnap Vane. In a battle for time and feelings that are getting harder to ignore, Audra must continue to fight, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

This is your classic young adult paranormal romance. It’s action-packed, angst-ridden, and secret-filled. Snarky narrative and sweet romantic scenes fill the book creating a fast-paced romance that will keep you turning the page (even if it is midnight and you have to wake up early the next day).

Want a classic young adult hero, with a dash of sarcasm? Vane’s your man. He’s cocky, difficult, and extremely faithful (especially to a girl he’s only seen in his dreams). Sometimes he makes you want to hug him and squeeze him and call him George. But other times, such as training, he can be so difficult and rebellious that you might want to slap him (or point a sword with thousands of needles called a “Windslicer” at him). He’s the last living Westerly, and has the potential to be the most powerful of all the Windwalkers, if he can master all the languages. He’s also the Gale Force’s next king, and therefore is betrothed to the last of the royal line — a Southerly (the most calm of all the winds). But the girl he only has eyes on is an Easterly and might not live to see the end of the week.

Audra has something to prove. Ever since the day of the storm, she’s been carrying around the guilt of killing her father and Vane’s parents. She had to save Gavin, her pet bird, from falling. So she called a Northerly and set off their location to the Stormers. Her mother doesn’t care; she blames Audra for killing her husband. Plus she’s the youngest Windwalker with the most important mission — keeping Vane safe. So there’s no pressure. Audra is the most strong-willed and courageous heroine I’ve read about. Although her bravery is due to her lack of self-perseverance, Audra still has to carry on her days, knowing she will likely have to sacrifice herself in order to destroy the Stormers, just like her father did before. She also has to resist Vane’s continuous flirting, even though they both feel the same spark when they touch. But she can’t kiss him; he’s betrothed. Bonding would mean she would be kicked out of the Gale Force as a traitor, and they are the only thing she has left. But if she only has a few days left to live…

A swirling romance, sly writing, and a last 50 pages that will knock you off your feet, Messenger is a great debut author, and I cannot wait for more.

Notable Scene:

He reaches into his bad and pulls out another fry, holding it out. “You can start small.”

The whole world fades away, leaving just me, Vane, and that French fry. It looks almost as tempting as the boy holding it.

“Your body is hungry, Audra. Give it one thing it wants.”

All my years of training scream at me to resist. To shove his hand away and refuse to prolong my days of weakness.

But deep, deep down, a tiny voice whispers something else. The same words Vane says next.

“What’s it going to hurt?”

Only me, when I have to endure extra months of weakness.

But I probably won’t live through the week. Why not give myself one tiny thing I want?

Before I can change my mind, I grab the fry and shove it in my mouth. My first bite of real food in ten years.

And it’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

The Let the Sky Fall Series:

1. Let the Sky Fall (March 5, 2012)

FTC AdvisorySimon Pulse/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Let the Sky Fall.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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