Series: Sky Fall #1
Published by Simon Pulse on March 5, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past - except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she's real.
Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian - Vane's guardian - and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.
This book is pretty unique; maybe not necessarily in the formula, but in ideas, certainly. Our main heroine, Audra, is a sylph, or air elemental, meaning she can control the wind. She has spent her fairly short life protecting Vane Weston, who almost died in a tornado years ago. He dreams about her every night, making his real-life relationships feel second-rate. When he does finally meet her, it’s under dangerous and frustrating circumstances.
What we’ve got here is actually a pretty interesting story about one man who wants all the power in the world (how shocking) and what one girl and one boy are going to do to stop him. Most of the book is spent watching Audra train Vane. And of course, they can’t be together. Even though Vane has been in love with her for forever, and she starts falling for him hard the longer they spend time together. Even then, the romance is not the most important part of the story. Sure, it’s a big part of the plot, but honestly, since Audra is like “NO WE CAN’T BE TOGETHER I’LL BE AN OUTCAST” the entire time, not much happens in the romance department. Physically at least; there’s plenty of unresolved sexual tension.
Anyway, there’s a lot of cool stuff in the wind magic area, what with Audra trying to pull as much out of Vane as possible in a very short amount of time. If I were an elemental, I’d totally want to be able to control wind. Think about it: You can fly. You can control tornadoes. You can strike up a cool breeze if you’re ever too hot.
Audra has a super tense relationship with her mom. I think Audra handles her situation pretty well; she has literally no one to rely on; she lives practically in a falling down shack with no furniture; her mom pretty much hates her for what happened to her father. Yet somehow she keeps moving forward, focusing all her energy on protecting Vane. She was a pretty cool heroine in my opinion. Yes, she makes a dumb mistake at the beginning of the book, but she’s like, 17 years old. 17 year olds make dumb mistakes.
Let the Sky Fall was an exciting read, with interesting magic, tense conflict, and swoon-worthy romance. If you love YA Fantasy Romance, you’ll love this unique addition to the genre.