Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger

Series: Sky Fall (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance

Subjects: sylphs, weather, elementals, abilities, mythology, supernatural, love

Setting: in the desert of Southern California

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense, rotating between Vane and Audra

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 381 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover originally, now in Paperback

List Price: $17.99/$9.99

Publisher: Simon and Schuster: Simon Pulse

Summary/ product description: “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?”

My Review:  I waited so long to finally read this series. I decided to series-binge it. I had copies of the first 2 books autographed and sitting on my shelf for a long time. I bought the 3rd book. I picked the perfect time of year to read this because it's set in summertime, in the desert of Southern California. I read the first book, but decided to just do a full review of the second book.

If you have not read Let The Sky Fall and love paranormal romance and fantasy, then check it out. It’s very unique, since it’s about Sylphs, which are wind elementals. There’s a lot of cool Air-bender stuff, like controlling the winds and making tornadoes. I’m not a fan of tornadoes, but I would definitely like it if I could control them. I definitely recommend it if you like books about people who can control the elements or do magic.

I love the characters. There are not many of them, so they are very easy to keep track of. The series is told from the perspectives of two main characters, Vane and Audra. I really like Vane. He reminds me of Ethan Wate from Beautiful Creatures and Percy Jackson. He’s a Westerly and wasn’t aware of it for the last ten years until Audra triggered a break though and told him. Audra is pretty awesome too. She’s a tough fighter, a guardian and an Easterly. I like the romance between them. It’s sweet, although it’s forbidden.

Audra can now understand Westerlies though her bond and seems to suddenly have the same aversion to violence that Vane has because of his Westerly nature. Audra is searching for something. She flew off somewhere and has been gone almost a month. Vane’s worried. He keeps having nightmare caused by Raiden (the evil Northerly who wants to capture him and torture the Westerly language out of him) and because of this he’s forcing himself to stay awake.

He’s got two Gale’s guarding him Feng and Gus. Gus is closer to his age and much more laid back and has a sense of humor. Feng trains Vane in fighting with Northerlies. I really like Gus too. He reminds me of Jace from the Mortal Instruments kind of. Vane’s adoptive parents now know about the Sylph, and are very supportive but also worried. Vane’s mother especially. Os, the leader of the Gales offers to take Vane to someplace where he can sleep without Raiden invading his dream, but it turn out to be a not-so-great place. Not dangerous for him, but it also holds a prison cell for a murderer.

When he gets back, he finally meets Solana. The Gale Force (the sylph military and guardian) seems to expect him to bond with Solana, the last descendent of the royal line and a Southerly. Vane and Audra already bonded though a kiss in the last book, and Vane is madly in love, so when he meets Solana, he kind of throw a fit. Vane’s stubborn and doesn’t want the Gale’s telling him what to do and who to love.

When Audra returns, everyone must prepare for battle against Raiden. Raiden now has an even darker power up his sleeve. One that turns Gales into weapons for his own use. When the battle begins, there’s no telling who will be left standing. This action-packed sequel will knock the wind out of you leaving you breathless and your head swirling for more.

Cover Art Review: I do like the old cover. It reminds me too much of the Hush, Hush series though. The newer cover is kind of cool, but the type choice seems to conflict with the image. It almost feels like a cover from a fantasy book from a decade or more ago. Or even more like a middle grade book.

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