Let the Sky Fall
(Let the Sky Fall #1)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Publication: December 3rd, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Genre: YA Paranormal
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 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 that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.
First time reading it, Let the Sky Fall was pretty entertaining, but not long after that the sparks were gone and I unintentionally neglected this book. This holiday, I decided to pick it up again and see if my reading slump was the one which caused me to DNF it.
Unfortunately, I’m still not impressed.
Reading the synopsis, I was under the notion that this book would offer something different from other books in the same genre. I mean, sylphs!! Prior starting this book, I never even heard about this mythical creature to be completely honest. Turns out, the story follows a common YA trope (ordinary teenager discovers that s/he has special power and is the only one who can save the world and ends up falling in love with his/her guardian blablabla). Well, I actually don’t mind predictability as long as it’s enjoyable and there are other positive aspects to make up for it, such as characterization, swoony romance, etc.
But Let the Sky Fall almost has no redeeming qualities. At least, I can’t come up with anything other than I found the humors to be funny.
This book switches POV between Vane and Audra. Audra’s voice is okay. She’s tough and responsible most of the time, except during the last hundred of pages. Vane sounds like a stereotypical teenage guy, which might be a more tolerable thing if he doesn’t mention how much he wants to see more of Audra’s skins whenever they encounter each other at the first half of the book. I just got creeped out okay??
“We were two broken, incomplete people. Now we’re one. No one will ever understand me the way she will. No one will ever understand her the way I will.”
I have been warned that there’s an insta-love and the whole book is basically a cheese-fest. I tried to be open-minded though, since I have also read glowing reviews for this book. In addition, I’m usually a sucker for light romance and judging from the writing, Let the Sky Fall has the potential to have a fluffy one – maybe a bit dramatic due to the whole “forbidden” thing but still, an enjoyable one. Much to my disappointment, the romance in this book came off as cheesy. Too cheesy for my taste that I couldn’t help but to cringe. I disagree about it being an insta-love (insta-attraction maybe??) but cheese-fest is indeed what I got.
Despite those negative things I’ve mentioned above, I wasn’t infuriated by them. Sure, they garnered some eye-rolls here and there, but on the whole I just felt…nothing. Close to boredom. I think the root of my problems is the fact that I felt detached from this book all the time, which as a result made everything fall flat. I didn’t even have a slight connection with the main characters and to make matter worse the side characters are barely there at all.
Let the Sky Fall has a very interesting concept and could have been a fun read. However, this book just didn’t click with me and I wonder if perhaps those who are relatively new to the paranormal genre might be able to enjoy it more.