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Let The Storm Breakby Shannon Messenger
Series: Sky Fall #2
Published by Simon Pulse on March 4, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 400 pages
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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?
The Sky Fall series by Shannon Messenger has so many things going for it…
What I loved
The new and unique mythology of wind walkers or slyphs
The fun personality of the main male protagonist Vane. He is supposed to be a king, yet he’s still young and snarky. His thoughts and snide comments will keep a smile on your face
There is a ramping up of both external and internal conflict in book two. The ad guys get more bad and the good guys are struggling with their own issues.
The concept of bonding for life with a kiss between two slyphs is romantic and old fashioned.
I loved the introduction of Vane’s intended companion Solana. It wasn’t a true love triangle but I would love to see and hear more from her.
The dual point of view. We get to know both Vane and Audra better.
Fun words like haboob!
What I struggled with
The pacing in book two is a bit slow. By the end things really pick up speed but it felt a little too late to really hold and capture interest.
I wanted to know more about each character. I was hoping to dig deeper into the story line instead of just touching on the setting and the new side characters.
The predictability of the cliff hanger ending and some of the plot elements.
I wanted to see Vane’s training. Let’s get him able to fight back ( even though it is against his very Westerly nature!)
Overall, I will definitely read book three in the series.
Content (highlight to reveal): sleepovers between boy and girl, comments about girls body parts, some sensual thoughts, kissing, mild violence
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned–among other things–that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. She’s the author of the middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and LET THE SKY FALL, a trilogy for young adults. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.