Series: Let the Sky Fall #1
Published by: Simon Pulse on March 5, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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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.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Let the Sky Fall. There were several things I didn’t like about this book, but there were a few things I did like. Ultimately, I wasn’t left with a sense of either love or hate. For the most part, I’m kind of indifferent.
I half liked, half disliked Vane. On the one hand, Vane definitely had the most personality of all the characters. I could feel him coming off the page (for better or for worse). He had a distinct voice that made him easily recognizable. A lot of the time I enjoyed his sarcasm and casual, informal speech. He sounded exactly like what he was: a teenage boy. But, Vane also had a tendency to be excessively and annoyingly obsessed with skimpy clothes on women. I laughed at the first few comments, but then they just kept coming and coming and coming. I felt like I was being hit with a hammer again and again. I JUST WANTED IT TO STOP!
I shift my weight, leaning at an awkward angle, but I manage to stay upright as Audra starts unbuttoning her jacket.
Man, I hope whatever she has under there is thin and lacy.
[..] she slips the heavy coat off her shoulders, revealing a plain black tank and a whole lot of creamy skin. Not exactly the sexy bra I’d been hoping for, but at least it’s tight and cut low. Page 167
“Either way, you need to stay grounded, so it’s safer to stay away from temptation.”
The only temptation I’m feeling is to run my hands along the sliver of midriff peeking from the bottom of her tank top. Page 168
Audra on the other hand, felt like an empty shell. Vane had all the personality, but I felt like Audra had none. Maybe it’s because she was so weighed down with guilt and self-loathing, but she always came off as so… monotone and robotic. She was lifeless. It made me wonder why the heck Vane liked her. I saw no personality from her, so what was there to like??? And honestly her whole “Vane will hate me! I killed everyone! Waaa” attitude really started to bug me. I mean, yes, it was sad and there were some scenes where I really felt for her, but this was something she complained about throughout the entire book and it just got so old.
And that brings me to my final point: the romance. I felt absolutely zero chemistry between Vane and Audra. And on top of that, their relationship was a little insta-lovey. They know each other for like four days and then they’re in love?? Ugh. What’s a bummer is that I felt like if there was actual chemistry between them, I think I would have loved the romance. It was one of those all encompassing, “I’d do anything for you” romances. If those are done well, I usually love them. But since this one had no chemistry and too much insta-love I couldn’t connect to it at all, so the whole thing was ruined for me.
But that out of the way, I did mostly enjoy the plot of Let the Sky Fall. I was pretty into the whole wind thing, the battles, and the sense of impending doom. Let the Sky Fall was not very fast-paced (until the end), but at least the book kept me going and wanting to find out how things would get wrapped up. I really liked the antagonist who was revealed at the end View Spoiler » [Audra’s mother « Hide Spoiler] . That’s the kind of character that I love to hate! It’s the kind that drives you nuts and you want them to get what’s coming to them.
So, ultimately, Let the Sky Fall was only okay for me. I think I would have enjoyed it massively more if I was a fan of the romance.