Let the Sky Fall
by Shannon Messenger
Series: Sky Fall #1
Published: March 5, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook (416 pages)
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.
My favorite thing about Let the Sky Fall was the romance. It was the perfect, non-cheesy, realistic, and interesting romance that I’ve been waiting for.
I was a little disappointed at first that the guy had a destiny and powers and whatnot. I really wanted him to be a regular guy that gets rescued by a powerful girl for a change. But the story grew into so much more than that. And it turned out to be better than I thought it would. I loved the world set up around sylphs because it hasn’t been done very much. Unlike a lot of fantasy books that I’ve read, Shannon Messenger went into a lot of specifics and details about how exactly they controled the wind and it was fascinating to read.
I predicted one of the twists from almost the beginning, but the twist went much farther than I thought it would so I still enjoyed it.
This has one of the best dual POVs that I’ve ever read. Each voice was very distinct and I never wondered once who was telling me the story. Vane had this snarky sarcasm that I loved. Vane has this endearing honesty about how some of his romantic moves just plain don’t work out, like they would in real life. Audra is a warrior and very serious with a lot of guilt and responsibility that she carries around that made it easy for met to relate to her. And their romance just worked.
One of my big worries about this story was the villain’s motivation. Nothing ruins a story like a bad guy who wants to destroy everything because his favorite basketball team sucks or something. Even though the villain’s motiviation wasn’t all that original, I could see it and it made sense within the story. It was enough at least to have me on board with the story.
There were a few cliche lines, but other than that I enjoyed the writing. This was a rare YA story where the adults were present and acted like normal people. They were quite hilarious actually at embarassing their son just by being their worrying, caring selves.
Vane acts like an actual guy. A lot of the paranormal romance I read tends to be a girl’s fantasy of a guy and it’s not at all realistic. Vane really makes this story. He was a great, intersting and well-rounded character that told the story in such a fun way.
Overall, it was an excellent paranormal romance that had the best duel perspective writing that I’ve ever read in a young adult novel.
Content Rating: Medium, for mild innuendo.
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