Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.
Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
I was interested in Let the Sky Fall because it brought something new to the table – elementals are not really that common in paranormal YA and this was the first book on sylphs I heard about. The part of the book that really pulled me in was the sylphs. Mystical creatures, non-human but appearing human and able to talk to the wind and bend it to their will – yep, it was good! Then there were the four tribes – Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western, each with their own languages for their respective wind ties. Combining the winds has awesome effects but you need to know the languages. Now, Vane who is a Westerly, is under Witness Protection (something like that) with Audra assigned as his Guardian (as in bodyguard, not parent), to protect from the Stormers, who want the secrets of his language.
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. 3.5 stars