Sash: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger – REVIEW

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Simon Pulse, 416 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Source: Borrowed Advance Reader Copy (Thanks, Jessica!)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Let the Sky Fall #1
In three words: Swoon. Action. Swoon.

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.

Let the Sky Fall combines the swoonworthiness of Melina Marchetta’s On the Jellicoe Road with the action and heroism of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling.

You know what I really loved about Let the Sky Fall? It felt so fresh. Air Elementals?! So creative. Shannon Messenger built up the world of these Sylphs and I was caught up in it. Is it High Fantasy? Definitely not, more like Urban – and I loved it! Action packed and intense – full of suspense from the very first chapter – I loved every page. And the dual POVs helped to see inside the heads of both characters – though I seemed to enjoy Vane more than Audra. She had a bit of a Katniss-get-the-job-done-Everdeen feel in the beginning, and I like my heroines to be a little bit softer than that.

Speaking of Audra and Vane – they have an amazing amount of chemistry that seemed to lift off the pages (haha, pun totally not intended) and I haven’t seen that kind of spark between characters for a while. The last book that I can recall doing that was On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Bottom line: If you’re reading our blog, you’ll want to read this book

  • April 22, 2013 - 12:30 am

    DannyBookworm - Aha!!! I NEEED to read this one… The more reviews I read the more I need to read this book!!! I LOVE Urban Fantasy and yes I agree, Air Elementals sounds pretty super awesome!ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    Sash and Em - Danny, it’s so good! I really think that you’ll like it!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Kat C - I got this bookmark sometime last year with a prize and I’ve been on the lookout for this book ever since, I had no idea it was out yet ! It sounds really interesting and I’m putting it on my to read list.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Sash and Em - Hey Kat –

    Glad we could let you know it’s out! Hope you love it!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 3:01 am

    Alexa Y. - I am so eager to get my hands on a copy of this book! It sounds like something I’d really enjoy, especially because it’s all about the air elementals ;) I love that it sounds like the characters are really interesting too!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2013 - 12:00 am

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  • March 31, 2014 - 12:02 am

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