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)

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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

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#50

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

The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver

18168636Favourite Quotes:

1. Keep silent your screams and never look back.

2. A long time ago, before I’d lost my wings, I’d thought that bravery could be attained with an open mind and heart, by persuing and facing my demons. Now I considered that fearlessness was the luxury of the cloistered and blind, and that it was too late for me.

Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

17934644Favourite quotes:

1. How do you tell someone like Pete that these kinds of friendships don’t last, that they weren’t made to last more than the summer even in the best of circumstances, and these certainly haven’t been the best. That some friends aren’t meant to be, except in stories, or books. You miss a penalty shot and no one wants to talk to you, and maybe you don’t want to talk to them either. You want your own oblivion, and they don’t understand. You don’t answer their texts or even answer the messages of the one or two who venture to call. None of this has much to do with Peter, but you know you won’t be friends with him past tomorrow.

2. “All that we see or seem to see  is but a dream within a dream.”

3. “Because I could not stop for Death–He kindly stopped for me.”

Me Since You by Laura Wiess

12989100Favourite quotes:

1. But when I looked for good, eveil came; And when I looked for light, darkness came. My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep. (Job)

2. “When someone threatens suicide, when they tell somebody they’re going to do it beforehand they’re reaching out, hoping someone will stop them. The problem is that people who aren’t depressed don’t always understand that and have a hard time believing it. To them, the idea of killing yourself to end pain is inconceivable. They think it’s nothing but drama or a bid for attention and if they ignore it or reason with them, they’ll come to their senses and life will go back to normal. […] Most times it doesn’t happen that way. The ones who don’t tell anyone beforehand…They’ve already made their decision and planned it all out to make sure they succeed. We find them after the fact, when it’s too late.”

3. “We grow up believing that bad things don’t happen to good people…but sometimes they do. It’s a hard truth to accept, that life is not fair.”

4. “Isn’t it funny; add a person to the family and smoking stops. Lose one, and it starts right back up again.”

Ask Again Later by  Liz Czukas

16090645Favourite quote: “If everybody jumped off a cliff, would you?”

:If there were a kick-ass party at the bottom of the cliff, I absolutely would.”

“God, you suck.”

A Death Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

a death struck yearFavourite quotes:

1. “You wonder why I stay,” I said. “Sometimes I wonder too. But I hate to think of a child, of anyone really, lying somewhere sick and scared, waiting for help that does not come.”

2. “I’m not afraid of these ghosts, Cleo. I have enough of my own to keep me company.”

3. ” I know what it’s like to lose a friend and wonder why you’re the one left behind. To think that nothing makes sense. Not one thing.”

4. I turned my head. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool,” I said, “than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

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

18051183Favourite quotes:

1. “There’s much more power in pain.”

2. “Breaking the winds breaks you. The power becomes a craving, like…part of you dies and the only way to fill the emptiness is to spoil everything around you. And you can’t fight it because you can’t fight it because you don’t want to fight it, because then you’d never be able to experience the rush again.

3. “Sometimes pain is necessary to fix a problem that cannot otherwise be corrected. It’s unpleasant and unfortunate, but then it’s over and everything is set right.”

4. “But will you be able to live with yourself if something happens to anyone you love?”

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.

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2.5 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

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.