Series: Let the Sky Fall #1
Published by Simon Pulse
Published on March 5th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Fire HDX Narration Integration, Whispersync
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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.
I loved this book! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!
This is another book that I am kicking myself for not starting sooner. This book sucked me in right away. (The cover alone did that!) I’m want to keep this review short and sweet, cause I’m eager to just jump right into book 2. So here’s a list of what I LOURVED:
1.) DUAL POV!
Omg, I am a sucker for dual POV. I especially love when it’s from a both the hero and heroine’s perspective. Vane and Audra made for a very entertaining read. I especially loved reading from Vane’s POV. He’s so funny, and I love that he was a “normal” guy. I just loved reading moments like this:
“Will you do me a favor? Will you please take your hair out of this ridiculous braid?”
I know it’s just a hairdo. But it’s also this tight, restrictive thing she does to punish herself. And I’m not going to let her do it anymore. Her hands reach for the knot at the end and I stop them.
“No. Let me.”
She doesn’t resist. I help her lower herself to the ground, then sit behind her. In my head, I picture this cool, romantic moment, like something from a movie where violins play in the background and the lighting’s all moody and seductive. In reality, I kinda botch it, tangling her hair about a million different ways and taking three times longer than necessary. But come on, I’m a guy. I don’t have a lot of hair-unbraiding experience.”
2.) The Premise
I love me some fantasy. I love me some paranormal. I absolutely love reading about a whole new world of fantasy, and beings I’ve never heard of before. This book is about sylphs, wind-walking air elemental beings. I was thoroughly captivated by the concept of sylphs, and I found myself glued to the pages eager to learn more about them and their world. Shannon did a fantastic job with the world building too. Generally, world building can make or break a story for me, but with this book, it totally worked. The dual POV helped a lot with that as well.
3.) The Audiobook Narration
Thank goodness for WHISPERSYNC TECHNOLOGY! After I purchased the kindle version of this book, I saw that I could add the professional narration for only $1.99! Naturally, I had to have it. I started “reading” this book via audible app, and I found that the narrators were fantastic. Especially Nick Podehl, the narrator for Vane. I had a really hard time not listening to the audio version, so I decided to continue my reading experience with the audiobook, while following along on my kindle. I’d find myself staring off while listening, because I was completely entranced by the narrators’ performances. SO GOOD. Do yourself a favor, and snag yourself the audiobook for this one. The narration is so good, I’d recommend it for a first time read, for sure. The writing was really great, but the narration totally took the writing to the next level.
4.) The Feels.
That’s right. I said I loved the feels. I felt everything from sadness, to lolz, to swoon. It’s all here, and it all worked for me. (As most of you know, I’m not a huge lover of “the feels”.)
“When someone you love dies, part of you dies with them. It’s why you’re never the same after losing someone.”
“Parents: perfecting ways to humiliate their children since the dawn of time.”
“Why do you live like you life doesn’t matter? You do matter. You matter to me– and not because you’re this fierce warrior thing who’s going to sacrifice yourself to save me. You matter because you’re you.”
“You’re the one constant thing I’ve had in my life. I lost my entire past–except you. You stayed with me. And kept coming back, every time I closed my eyes.”
“I’ve tried so hard not to love you that I’ve driven us both crazy. But I love you. And I don’t want to lose you. So please come back to me. Please don’t leave me.”
“I need you. I’ve never needed anyone–but I need you.”
There you have it. I really can’t think of one negative thing to say about this book. I just loved it! This was 4 and a half stars of pure awesomeness!
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