Book Review: Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Author: Shannon Messenger
Series: Sky Fall #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: March 5th, 2013
Page count: 416
Format: ebook (online)
Source: Pulse it free read. 

Book Summary:
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.

*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 4/5 stars!

When I found out that Pulse It was offering this book to read online for free, I knew I couldn't miss this opportunity. I've been wanting to read Let The Sky Fall since the moment I first saw its breathtaking cover. I love the colors, the couple in it, the clouds, gosh it's perfect in every way possible. But the cover is not the only thing that made me want to read this book. Have you read the summary? I think it's quite hard to come across a book that talks only about one natural element, let alone the Air element. It's different, it's interesting and it's engaging. I loved how there are different types of wind and that the sylphs (wind-walkers) are defined by the wind they are born in, their personalities so in touch with their roots and they can command the wind with a few well-chosen words.

The whole book is a ticking clock, tension building up after Audra stops Vane doing something stupid that gives away their location to the bad guys. In a matter of days, Audra has to finally show herself as real to Vane and teach him everything about her world and Vane's true nature. She has to show him simple commands, unlock the secret language of the winds to him and make him fight hard to stay alive.

So yeah, the book is action-packed and has an excellent world building. The plot moves swiftly and has great twists and turns, especially at the end. There aren't that many characters, but Audra and Vane are more than enough to spend your time with. Audra's character is one I came to like a lot because she is strong, responsible, dedicated and true to her word. She sacrifices her entire life over a promise she made to her father, and not once does she back down from doing it. 

Vane, on the other hand, was a little bit hard for me to like at first even though he is a swoon worthy guy for most. His easy-going attitude and teen hormones didn't entirely do it for me. There were moments where he does live up to my expectations, especially at the ending, so maybe I'll come to change my mind about him in the sequel. However, I do love him and Audra together, they are powerful and perfect for each other.

This book is a great beginning to what I believe will be a fantastic series. I want to learn more about the wind and the sylphs, the complicated politics of wind-walkers and of course, the love story between Audra and Vane. That small cliffy left me a bit hollow for Vane, yet I liked the free spirit Audra embraced. I'm more than ready to read Let The Sky Break and see where the wind takes us this time!


  1. I love the cover of this book and the blurb is catchy. It took a lot for me not to jump over to pulse and request it especially after reading your review :) Great post Melissa!!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. This book issomething special, I'd love for you to read it and hear your thoughts about it. While it's not one of my favorites, the plot and soul of this book sticks with you. :)