Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1)
This book is impossible to put down. The individual voices of Vane and Audra are distinct and fascinating. Vane sounds like a teenage boy, and his head is an entertaining place to be. Readers will feel strongly connected to him and will want him to figure out his secrets and master his power before it's too late. Audra is wounded and driven, and her head is an equally interesting place to be. Readers will enjoy getting past her guards and will fear the ultimate sacrifice she's willing to make. Each main character shoulders equal weight in the story, and the stakes for both of them are incredibly high. The slowly developing romance between them lends a sweet tension to a story that is already fraught with tension. Readers who love action-packed suspense with a nice side of romance will love this book.
The supernatural elements (wind beings and wind language) are exceptionally well done. The world building is solid, and readers are immediately immersed in this world without feeling any sense of disorientation. The wind language and the weapons that can be formed with it add excitement and drama to the suspenseful story. Readers will feel at home with this world and will be excited to return to it in the sequels.
The plot is unrelenting, the villain is scary, and the stakes are high. When you add in two very different but likable characters and a romance that readers will cheer for, you had a book that will keep readers turning pages long past bed time.
What Left Me Wanting More:
Nothing. I simply want the sequel. Immediately.
An action-packed story with fascinating characters, heartwarming romance, and epic stakes set against the backdrop of the magical world of wind will have readers desperate for the sequel.
The plotline was good, not really unpredictable but engaging enough. The writing supplemented the feel of the story, neatly explaining breakthroughs, listening to the wind – it all seemed so lively and wonderful. The dual POV was distinct enough to define the characters in your mind and even works quite well for the story, and the voice for each lends beauty to the storyline. Vane is this pampered, lazy boy who has it tough with girls – he can get them to go out with them, but somehow his dates always end in disasters. Audra is the tough girl type – whose childhood has been spent watching over Vane, and guilt over her mistakes. Being in the Gale Force means she has made a lot of sacrifices and in the beginning she resents him for the easy life he has led in ignorance. When they meet, it is like sparks – literally – but she is keeping her distance and he is being hormonal (dude, seriously!). No, really – their love story didn’t really convince me, even if they had their connection or whatever. It just felt more like physical attraction than real feelings, which didn’t come until towards the ending of the book. Maybe that was the thing that felt a little off for me while reading the book.
The ending was quite surprising, considering most of the book was predictable and I quite appreciated how Audra made up her mind at the end of the book. It totally made up for the over-the-top romance at the start of the book. Quite an enjoyable read and looking forward to picking up the next one.