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Review: Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger

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Title: Let the Storm Break
Author: Shannon Messenger
Genre: YA, fantasy
Series: #2 Sky Fall
Publisher: Simon Pulse
DOP: March 2014
Pages: 381
Rating: 4/5
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5044-8
Twitter: @SW_Messenger

#1 – Let the Sky Fall: read the review here.

Treacherous winds are trying to entice Vane in a nightmare that might be impossible to escape once he gives in. It doesn’t help his training and when the pull of their bond weakens as Audra’s running from a past she’d wish to forget, it isn’t helping him focus either. Questions are asked about her disappearance. The Gale force are rapidly losing in number after each new attack and the winds are shifting, a promise of another change. In the meantime, Audra discovers something about Raiden and his newest weapon that threatens to dissolve the power of four winds. Will she get back in time to warn Vane and the Gales?

The whirlwind story of Vane and Audra continues in the second Sky Fall book written by Shannon Messenger: Let the Storm Break. Despite the slow start from its precedent, Let the Sky Fall, this book makes up for it tremendously, immediately familiarising us again with Vane and his sarcasm. After a brief recap of what’s expected of him and what his goal is, we’re thrown into a new story that not only reads a lot quicker than the previous one, it’s a lot more interesting too.

During this book, Vane and Audra are separated for most of the time, giving us a break from the similarities of their point of views. They both experience different things and thankfully, so do we too, receiving a nicely balanced duality. It definitely speeds things up in a good way, switching from boring repetition to exciting new events with each new chapter.

The only problem I have left is with Audra. In all honesty, she’s a weak character pretending to be strong, cool and knowledgeable but as soon as she’s faced with temptation, she loses all control. Instead of facing her mistakes, she runs away until everyone’s too busy to realise what she’s done. She leaves Vane behind, the guy who’s head over heels in love with her and who knows little, if not nothing, about their world. He has to answer questions, has to lie in order to protect her, while she couldn’t care less, her own selfish behaviour coming first now. Her jealousy is ugly and uncalled. She left him. He should ditch her. There’s growth, I don’t deny this, but I really don’t like Audra and I wonder if Vane isn’t too blind to see that there might be others besides her. Someone who is kind, genuine and destined to be Vane’s future wife perhaps?

More characters are introduced to us, helping us remember that this isn’t solemnly about Vane and Audra but about the entire sylph species too; and it’s war. A lot of funny Vane-and-his-guard-slash-friend-Gus interactions keep the story upbeat in the otherwise dark and action filled plot.

The tension slowly builds towards a crescendo until it blows up and throws you miles away. Less predictable, although still predictable with some thought, a few twists will jolt you back into your earth elemental body. Leaving us with one frustrating cliffhanger, the anticipation of the next book release is so high that it’s dancing on the edge of being either unbearable or just comfortable enough to wait for an entire year (hopefully, since no release date has been mentioned yet).

 

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Review: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

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Title: Let the Sky Fall
Author: Shannon Messenger
Genre: YA, fantasy
Series: #1 Sky Fall
Publisher: Simon Pulse
DOP: March, 2013
Pages: 404
Rating: 3.5/5
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5041-7
Twitter: @SW_Messenger

Every night since a tornado killed his family, Vane dreams about a dark-haired girl. He wishes for her to be real, comparing every girl he dates with her. It’s not until Audra reveals herself to prepare him for battle that Vane finds out she’s real. And hot. And in a dress that’s not worthy of the name. But Audra is not ready to play his flirty games because the same enemy that killed his family is on his way in a matter of days and Vane is their final hope. He’s the last Westerly and their future king.

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger introduces us to the world of sylphs (Windwalkers): air elementals who can speak to the wind, walk on the wind and create weapons from the wind. The whole idea fascinated me enough to read it.

The story is written from two alternating point of views, first person singular, and it’s done beautifully. Messenger has separated Vane’s and Audra’s inner voices perfectly, making them both unique and recognisable in their vocabulary and mannerisms; something many authors seem to struggle with. She’s done it so well, that I found myself hungry for Vane’s point of view chapters. I love him. He’s funny, sarcastic and his failed attempts to win over Audra make him a typical male teenager. Despite him being the hero, he lacks heroism. He’s uncomfortable with his position as a potential king and he doesn’t have the stomach to fight, something that’s necessary if he wants to defeat his nemesis. It makes him so likeable and real.

As the first book in the Sky Fall series, it has its flaws too. The world was amazing but overwhelming. Usually, the first book in a series is needed for world building and although it’s acceptable and understandable, it almost came to a point when it became dull. A lot of explanations and descriptions are repeated, causing the story to be slowly paced. Because of this repetition, it also caused my mind to wander, making it difficult to focus. This resulted in a story that felt dragged out. Approximately 300 pages were used to describe the world and Vane’s training with Audra. Besides this, nothing else really happened and the training felt like a background activity even though it’s meant to be very important. The main focus was on their conversations, unbalancing the natural alternating flow of description, action and dialogue.

With that being said, once you’re familiarised with the world, the plot is great. The story ended at a crucial moment, keeping you eager to continue the series but it wasn’t stopped midway either. It was nicely wrapped up and it created the foundation for the next book: Let the Storm Break. You’ll be able to find a link to the review soon.

Although people categorise this book as young adult, to me it feels more at home in a Teens category, based upon the simplicity of the sentences and the fact it was easy to read. If you’re into fantasy and want to step away from vampires, werewolves and wizards for a while, then this might be the next series you’d want to pick up.

Do you want to find out more? Read my review on Let the Storm Break, the second book in the Sky Fall series.

#sunathon – TBR

Yes, it is finally time for #sunathon!

If you missed my previous post explaining this read-a-thon, you can check it out here.

For this read-a-thon, I have selected four books (trying not to be too ambitious here…) that I will attempt to read this week. After last week’s major fail of challenging myself to read seven books for booktube-a-thon (only managed to read one) I’ve decided to narrow it down to four and see how things go (and I’m including my start-and-finish-a-series challenge from Booktube-a-thon).

Moving on to the introducing the books!

    1. The Single Girl’s To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk

I’m a huge fan of Lindsey Kelk and the I heart series (recently started Tess Brookes/A Girl series, also loving it so far!) so I’ve got some high expectations for this one!
Summary: The story follows Rachel Summers who has recently been dumped. Her best friends, Emelie and Matthew, help her to overcome the sadness and give her the Single Girl’s To-Do List, pushing Rachel from one adventure into the other.
Genre: Chick-Lit

2. You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

After reading her debut novel, Billy and Me, I’ve been looking forward to reading Giovanna Fletcher’s new book and I’m so happy that I’ll be adding this to my #sunathon to-be-read list!
Summary: Maddy is about to get married to Rob but next to Rob, stands their best friend Ben. The bond the three of them share appears to be unbreakable but when love is suddenly involved, things are changed and Maddy has to decide…
Genre: Chick-Lit

3. Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger

I’ve read this one last year and was ecstatic to stumble across a story that felt new and fresh and that hadn’t been used a hundred times before. Before continuing this series, I decided to reread this one first.
Summary: Audra is a sylph, also known as a windwalker, and her duty is to keep a close eye on Vane Weston, another sylph, but he doesn’t know anything about his heritage yet. Not until Audra is compelled to summon the Northern wind that leaves behind a trail, warning Raiden and the Stormers of their location.
Genre: fantasy, YA

4. Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger

This is the second book in the Sky Fall series.
Summary: Vane is fighting against treacherous winds that are slipping into his mind while he’s telling lies about Audra and her disappearance. Audra is on the run, protecting herself against the enemy because she possesses a secret power he craves. But then she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon and it might be too much for her to handle on her own.
Genre: fantasy, YA

So that’s all, everybody! Four books in seven days. It’s doable, don’t you think? I think so too. Make sure to tweet/comment/post about your #sunathon TBR-pile and how the read-a-thon is developing this week!

Have a great #sunathon!