Review: Let the Sky Fall

May 19, 2013 Review 18 ★★

Review: Let the Sky Fall
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 416
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Series: Let the Sky Fall #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.

alise

I don’t know what it is lately, all the books I have been reading have truly been pretty bad. It felt like I was reading a different book from everyone else, because so many people like this.
Audra is a windwalker, a sylph, who can control the winds. As one of the most powerful sylphs, she is assigned to protect a boy named Vane-who is basically the key to saving the world (hey, that’s a new one!) Both of their parents died in a tornado, with Audra’s dad sacrificing himself for Vane. Now ten years have passed and the people who killed their parents are coming after Vane and Audra because they have located them due to Audra’s carelessness.

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I should mention I read to page 200, upon which was a line: “Epic Vane Fail.” Seriously, why? That was it for me. I had enough of the juvenile male hero who apparently only thinks about Audra/Audra/Audra, sometimes in really creepy ways. Creepy even for a teenage boy. Ashleigh Paige‘s review on Goodreads talks about this better than I ever could:

Vane is both a douchebag and the King of Tropes. He’s the Chosen One, the Last of His Kind, the Future King, etc. etc. His comments about wanting to change the Gale Force uniforms so Audra wears something even tinier skeeve me out. It’s possible to write an authentic male voice without creepy comments like that. Seriously. It’s not the only one either!

Seriously go read her review if you are still thinking about picking this one up.
So much insta-love. The cheesy, weird, automatic romance the two main characters had together was seriously cringe worthy. Why do authors think it is also to smash two characters together and have them instantly in love? This is not how the real world works, folks. 
The only thing this has going for it is the originality. The concept of controlling wind and having specific guardians that can control specific winds was great, everything else-not so great. 
 
I suggest looking at a few more reviews before you really commit yourself to this one.
Especially if you plan on going out and buying it.
 
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Overall: 2

18 Responses to “Review: Let the Sky Fall”

  1. Kezia D

    Sorry that you couldn’t enjoy this. :( Let the Sky Fall has been on my TBR list forever because I thought the concept was really unique. I don’t usually like insta-love but I’m still gonna read this anyway cause of its originality. Thanks for the reminder anyway. I won’t expect too much then :)

  2. Adriana Garcia

    Haha! Wow. I’m laughing at that manipulation to get Audra into tinier clothes. And this is written by a woman? Goes to show you, you can never judge a book by it’s cover even it’s a pretty fantastical one. I liked the originality of this story but I don’t do jerk MC’s so I’ll pass on this one. Thanks for the review (:

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      Yep. I think it is actually more obvious that a woman did write it because even male authors do not write their male protagonists that creepy/weird. I think you will be happier because you did pass on it :)

  3. Aman

    Yikes! That’s what I keep hearing about this one and it sucks because I was really excited to read a new angel story when I first heard about it. Ashleigh’s review is so amusing, she writes the best negative ones. lol The first gif pretty much sums up the story. I’m so glad that I didn’t buy a copy. Sorry you didn’t like it. Thanks for the review :)

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      Not exactly angel, the concept was a bit more original. I actually haven’t seen that many negative reviews for this one and it shocks me. Ha, I agree-love her snarky reviews :) Thanks for your comment!

  4. Rachel

    Sorry this didn’t work for you, but this is not the first negative review I’ve read for this story so I’m not surprised. I can’t say that insta-attraction bothers me, that’s totally understandable, but insta-love is a problem. Great honest review. :)

  5. Judith

    Oh boy, insta love, a terrible male main character, those things don’t exactly speak to me. And while the concept does sound unique, I think this is enough for me to skip this book. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it, Alise! (And sorry you had to go through this lol.)

  6. Sunny Duvall

    I smiled/laughed so much in your review! I was really interested in this one and love the cover, but I now will definitely not be touching this one! I hate insta-love and the way you and Ashleigh describes Vane makes me want to barf. Major tropes and disgusting, creepy pig behavior? No thank you. “Epic Vane Fail” are you serious?! Ha, wow! Great review, Alise! :) Loved it!

  7. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    I’ve seen such mixed review on this one. I’m still unsure if it will work for me though. *sigh* It has one of my favorite covers too. The other book this year with a favorite cover let me down too so I’m nervous to even bother. :(

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      Yeah, I might give it a shot if I were you. Some people tend to actually like the romance. Maybe if you don’t go into with too many expectations, you might enjoy it more. Especially now that you know what to expect.

  8. Mae

    I enjoyed this book and loved it. I also hate insta-love but somehow this I managed to like it. It’s sad to hear that.

  9. Dena

    I am so bummed you didn’t like this book! I just bought it. You never know though, maybe I’ll love it.

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