Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let The Sky Fall: Review

Synopsis:

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.

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I'm pretty torn about Let The Sky Fall. I'm pretty amused and infuriated by the book at the very same time. It's not bad, obviously. It's actually pretty great. But for some reason I got through it slower than I should have. It's a, um, relatively slow-paced book. I don't have a problem with it, because I don't know if I can take more stress from other stuff besides school business. Though there are just some things that I don't really like.

Vane is probably one of the most realistic characters I've read about. Of course, he still has this brave, self-sacrificing hero side that basically every hero has. But he's a true teenager. And by true I mean he is still a dude where food and pretty girls are concerned. He gets excited over what are considered "human" things (like being kissed by a beautiful girl). And he also has this rebellious side which is common among teens. He's a little bit cocky though, but I have no problem with that. Actually it makes him quite charming and... surprisingly normal. It's very easy to bond with Vane's character.

Audra, however, is another story. I've already read Let The Storm Break and I've grown to respect her. She makes it really hard to like her in the first book though. I'm not sure if that's intentional or if the author just overdid the whole Audra-is-being-bossy thing. But really, however bossy one is, one should at least see reason, or at least try to figure out the situation their counterpart is facing. The unyielding face of Audra's is pretty annoying. Most things aren't just black and white, but she doesn't seem to realize that. I'm not sure I even like her when she reveals her pain and uncertainty, that she can't afford to make any mistakes. I'm glad that she is more likable in the second book though, which I'm going to talk about in the review of Let The Storm Break

Let The Sky Fall is basically about air elementals called sylphs. There are a bunch of rogue sylphs that are trying to control the winds and the world, and there is another rebellious force that is trying to stop the rogue sylphs aka Stormers. Frankly, the nature of sylphs is... funny. Not exactly the ha-ha funny, more like the weird funny. Everything is so definitive with sylphs. Even Vane is displaying the... symptoms of such traits. It's like no gray areas exist in their worlds. It's surprisingly immature for a race who has been at war with their own kind for who knows how long. They even piss me off sometimes, as they just can't see the whole situation in different perspectives. It's no wonder that they can't defeat those Stormers (I know the technical reason of not being able to win the war, but still). Sometimes rules have to be bent and they don't even know it.

But anyway, despite some of the parts that annoys the hell out of me, the book is quite interesting (I wouldn't read Let The Storm Break if I didn't like the first one). Though I might not recommend this book to those who want a taste of excitement and thrill.

Rating: 7/10

2 comments:

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