Let the Sky Fall by SHANNON MessengerLet the Sky Fall by SHANNON Messenger

Let the Sky Fall

bySHANNON Messenger

Paperback | December 3, 2013

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A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this “fast-paced, fantasy-romance” (VOYA) novel.

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 as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
Shannon Messenger is New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Keeper of the Lost Cities and Sky Fall series.
Title:Let the Sky FallFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442450428

ISBN - 13:9781442450424

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let The Sky Fall It took me awhile to get into this one, eventually it felt like it had a decent amount of heart, the guilt Audra feels, Vane’s attitude toward violence, I thought those were done well. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit offensive... The Canadian stereotypes in this book were cringe-inducing... The author thinks Canadians can't speak a sentence without sticking "eh" at the end of it. She also thinks Canadians say "a-boot"... Anyway, aside from the almost unbearable stereotypes, the book isn't too bad. The writing was sometimes vague and difficult to decipher.
Date published: 2013-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very different, love the idea of windwalkers! Thank you to Simon & Schuster and their PulseIt! program for a copy of this book for review! I hadn’t really intended on reading Let the Sky Fall, by Shannon Messenger, but I will admit that the cover of the book has been catching my eye for quite some time now. When I saw that it was one of the “read now” books on Simon & Schuster’s new website PulseIt! I decided that now would be a perfect time to read it — especially since I had been hearing really good things about Shannon’s writing and about this book. I definitely wasn’t disappointed! I love a book that is something different from the vampires, werewolves, witches, or other supernatural creatures that are out there. Sometimes it feels like I’m reading the same thing over and over again. This is why I was completely entranced by the fact that the main character, Audra, was a windwalker, a sylph — someone who controls the wind. I had only read about characters like her in books about witches (you know the books — one person controls fire, one air, one water, etc.) so it was refreshing to read something where the main character isn’t a witch. The characters were … interesting. I have to admit that I had my reservations towards Audra in the beginning — I thought she was bossy, demanding, and a horrible, horrible teacher. She was constantly going on about Vane and how he was frustrating, but she was very frustrating herself. And then there was Vane. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be swooning after him in the beginning, but he came across as a bit of a pig. I *wanted* to like him, but it took quite some time for me to do so — and even after I started to like him, he still wasn’t very much of a gentleman. I did really like the way that this story was told, with the dual point of views between Audra and Vane. I’m not sure if I couldn’t stood the book had it been told by just one or the other. I was also happy that there wasn’t an overabundance of characters involved in the story — there was the odd side character, like a friend of Vane’s or Audra’s mother, but all other character were learned about through flashbacks and memories. I wish there had been some more world building, or at least some more clarification, since I did find some of the explanations of sylphs to be somewhat confusing, or lacking. I also would have liked more of a background as to the history of the sylphs. Audra hints at a hierarchy, but we don’t really get to know if there are others out there besides her family and the “gales.” This was a very fast read, even if the pace was a little off in sections. I still felt like the story progressed quite quickly and I did find myself wanting more once it finished. I’m very interested to see where the story is going to go next, since Messenger set us up for quite a few things that could happen.
Date published: 2013-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You Will be Blown Away Within the first chapter of this book, I knew was going to love it. The narration was beautiful, the characters are great, the feelings are so ANGST! I like how the author doesn’t try to necessarily hide things from the reader. She hides them from the characters, which makes the readers more invested in the growth of Vane and Audra. Audra…such a gorgeous, fleshed-out, realistic, amazingly bad-*ss character. She was believable, she was hurt, she was awesome. You feel bad for her, right at the get-go, and sometimes you just want to smack her over the head and yell, “IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!” But of course, that’s the whole premise of her personal crisis and character growth. I loved Vane as well, but his feelings for Audra were just a little too superficial for me. I mean yes, we get it that you think she’s hot. But stop objectifying her! He does talk about her personality, but at the end of the day it comes down to how gorgeous she is, blah blah blah, and that he wants to desperately kiss her. And then when he finds out that he can’t kiss anyone without, like, permantently bonding to her, then he doesn’t believe it (but he believes everything else Audra says to him). I guess love is just clouding his better judgement. And he says “freaking” too much. I like how the crisis is set up right at the beginning with Audra making a mistake and trying to fix it by preparing Vane for when the Stormers (bad guys) come. Shannon Messenger is good about developing the rest of the story and the characters at the same time. The book isn’t necessarily fast-paced, but it’s not slow either. It’s at a really great middle-ground where the author takes the take to build the world of the sylphs, or Windwalkers, while working out Vane and Audra’s connection with one another. Both characters are ridiculously good-looking, of course, but I’ll let it slide, seeing as the characters aren’t really human. Audra’s flashbacks are really heart-wrenching too. They probably make the book for me, because you can see what kind of person she was before she was broken by what happened to her, and you can see the kind of person Vane was as well. The author is also really great at doling these out in small amounts, stretching them across the book so that the reader is slowly piecing everything together, which moves the story along really well. The one thing that I absolutely hated was the Canadian stereotypes in the first couple of chapters. Vane goes on a date with a Canadian girl. At first I was excited. I was like, REPRESENT! But then it just went downhill the first time he made fun of her for saying “aboot.” I mean, come on, Canadians don’t say “about” any different than Americans. Second, we don’t say “eh” all the time, or at all, but this book makes it seem like we say it every other sentence. Puh-lease. The only people I know who say it that often are Bob and Doug Mackenzie, and they’re doing it in parody. There’s so much more to Canadian culture than snow, hockey, beavers, and our oh-so recognizeable vocabulary. Please, American authors, at least try to move past the stereotypes. It’s getting old. Beyond that, the book was amazing. The climax was incredible, the setting was perfect, and I can’t wait to read the next book and see where Shannon Messenger takes the story. What worked for me, actually, was that this book could function as a stand-alone. Not everything is resolved, but I think it could work. But I’m till glad that she’s writing more, because I’m definitely invested in this story and these characters.
Date published: 2013-03-16

Read from the Book

Let the Sky Fall CHAPTER 1 VANE I’m lucky to be alive. At least, that’s what everybody keeps telling me. The reporter from the local newspaper even had the nerve to call it a miracle. I was “Vane Weston: The Miracle Child.” Like the police finding me unconscious in a pile of rubble was part of some grand universal plan. “Family Survives Tornado”—now, that would’ve been a miracle. But trust me, there’s nothing “miraculous” about being orphaned at seven years old. It’s not that I’m not grateful to be alive. I am. I get that I shouldn’t have survived. But that’s the worst part about being “The Miracle Child.” The question. The same inescapable question, plaguing me for the last ten years of my life. How? How could I get sucked in by a category-five tornado—nature’s equivalent of a giant blender—get carried over four miles before the massive funnel spit me back out, and only have a few cuts and bruises to show for it? How was that possible, when my parents’ bodies were found almost unrecognizable? The police don’t know. Scientists don’t know. So they all turn to me for the answer. But I have no freaking idea. I can’t remember it. That day. My past. Anything. Well, I can’t remember anything useful. I remember fear. I remember wind. And then . . . a giant, blank space. Like all my memories were knocked out of my head when I hit the ground. Except one. One isolated memory—and I’m not even sure if it is a memory, or if it’s some strange hallucination my traumatized brain cooked up. A face, watching me through the chaos of the storm. A girl. Dark hair. Darker eyes. A single tear streaks down her cheek. Then a chilly breeze whisks her away. She’s haunted my dreams ever since.

Editorial Reviews

"Funny, fast-paced, and slyly romantic, Shannon Messenger’s YA debut dazzles."

- Kiersten White, NYT Bestselling author of PARANORMALCY and SUPERNATURALLY