Book Review: Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall#2) by Shannon Messenger

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Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall#2) by Shannon Messenger

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

good good

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Simon Pulse for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Shannon Messenger chooses the prettiest titles and has some amazing covers that go well with her Let the Sky Fall series. And as a reviewer, I try my best (and mostly fail) to never judge a book by its cover and with Let the Storm Break I completely disregarded just how lovey dovey the cover is and hoped for a shit ton of action and great main characters unlike what happened in the first book. Did I get the kick-ass main characters I was hoping for?

When a book is four hundred pages, I expect a lot to happen. I expect a shit ton of action and character development and some romance. Let the Storm Break could have been cut down at least by a quarter because most of the book is just romance and nothing more. I was expecting a lot more character development and a LOT less Romance. Everything just focuses on the relationship between Audra and Vane and how much they love each other and need each other. I’ve never read such a love-sick guy in my life. Honestly, Vane, grow a pair before I slap you. His humour is also very contrived, I had a hard time believing a word that he said with his crappy sarcasm. Everything is still predictable, I knew what would happen in the end after only reading about a quarter of the novel which is sad because I was hoping that Messenger would still have a few tricks up her sleeve.

This series has very short chapters as well as smooth writing that helps makes the characters more bearable to read about. I enjoyed reading about the new characters that Messenger brings into Let the Storm Break especially Gus, who’s good-natured humour. There isn’t very much information on the different winds except for what we were told in the first book but I stilled loved this aspect of it. The Westerly language is amazing, their hope and faith and just heritage is so lovely and I felt whenever a westerly wind helps out Vane or Audra, that I was really excited.

Overall, Let the Storm Break is a disappointment. Rarely does a second novel beat out the first one for me, but I had really low expectations for this one. Honestly, all I wanted was less romance not more of it. However if you’re a fan of the romance taking over the plot then you will really like this novel. The idea of it is so captivating with the winds and how they’re all different yet so connected is the only reason why I’ll read the next book. Honestly.

2 Clouds
2 Clouds

 

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Book Review: Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

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Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Pages: 416 (Hardcover)

The Bone Season

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.

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Let The Sky Fall is a predictable novel. Even with a cool and unique story idea can’t do a lot for it. I knew the outcome (vaguely) after reading the first ten chapters. It’s especially predictable with the betrayal and love/hart relationships that go on throughout it. There’s an okay amount of world building, I wish there was more though. But the truth about Vane’s parents kind of surprised me. I was shocked! Which shocked me because I didn’t think anything in the book was going to shock me. Shannon Messenger definitely has some tricks up her sleeves.

Romance in a book can sometimes ruin it, which is actually the case with Let the Sky Fall. The novel focuses far too much on the romance that I started to lose interest. Vane starts having dreams about a dark-haired girl, which, many times before, has been done and in a much better way than it is here. Shannon Messenger tries too hard getting the point across that Vane is a sarcastic kind of guy who loves to joke around. As a character, he feels very stiff and forced instead of relaxed with a natural humour.

Short chapters instantly makes a book more appealing to me. The book has chapters that mostly consist of four or five maybe even six pages that helps it become an easy read. I also liked that the chapters alternate between Audra’s and Vane’s POVs to show things through both of their eyes instead of just having on main character. They’re also quite different characters and I love Audra’s voice and Vane’s stupidity. Even though he’s not a huge part of the story, I still enjoyed the parts that Gavin, Audra’s bird appears in because he’s caring and totally evil at the same time.

With that being said, I did like the book. Barely, but I liked it. It’s a light novel with a few flaws and has a beautiful cover. Recommended for readers that are looking for a creative story idea with somewhat heavy doses of romance and an entertaining bird. That also don’t mind some things being mediocre and predictable. I’m excited to see what other tricks Messenger has in stored with the next book in the series, Let the Storms Break.

2.5 Clouds
2.5 Clouds

 

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Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#24

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Let The Sky Fall (Let The Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

13445306Favourite quotes:

1. Parents: Perfecting ways to humiliate their children since the dawn of time.

2. “You deserve to be happy,” he whispers. “No matter what you think or what you did. you deserve to be happy.”

3. Infinite possibilities. And none of them matter.  What matters is here and now.