Review of Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger

Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall, #2)

Let the Storm Break
By: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Electronic ARC via Edelweiss

There will be spoilers for the first in the series, Let the Sky Fall

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

The Story:
I was very excited to read Let the Storm Break because I enjoyed the first book and felt that the series had vast potential. I had a few issues with the pacing of the first and felt confident this would be resolved in this second installment. Overall, I was a bit let down especially in the beginning of the novel. I felt that once again the pacing was entirely too slow and not enough was happening. I felt that LtSB moved at an even slower pace than the first book and the characters were running in the same spot for too long stagnating the action and pacing. I really feel like a good amount could have been cut to help push things along.

After the events of Let the Sky Fall the stakes have been raised for Vane and all the Gales. I looked forward to being swept away and to feel the stress and tension of Raiden’s encroaching power. Unfortunately, even with the Gales intense situation I found that I wasn’t as invested in the storyline. Close to the midway point things began to happen and I became much more interested.

Thankfully, this was resolved in the last half of the novel but by then my interest had waned. When the action scenes were present they were well done, fast paced and I could visualize them easily. It is obvious Messenger had a clear vision of her characters and world and the descriptions emphasize this. The ending was action packed and I was really enjoying the direction the story took, I only wish this had happened much earlier in the story.

The Characters:
One of the aspects that made Let the Sky Fall enjoyable was Vane’s character and witty humor at his situation. His character’s voice was realistic and endearing. He keeps a semblance of his former self but he has changed since the last novel. With his situation and responsibility his character is less humorous and spends more time worrying, second guessing and trying to become acclimated to his new role. At the end of Let the Sky Fall Audra takes some time for herself, with her absence a lot of the fun banter and chemistry is largely missing. I believe this was a big factor in the stalled out pacing.

In the last book I had some issues connecting with Audra and found her to be rather whiney. It was a lot easier for me to read her sections in this book and I felt that her character growth improved my connection to her. I do wish that we had more scenes between her and Vane but overall I was pleased with her character throughout the novel.

Final Thoughts:
Though Let the Storm Break ended on an exciting note the majority of the novel was too slowly paced for my liking and I had trouble caring about the character’s plight. Audra and Vane were absent from one another through a large part of the novel which had both of them yearning for the other and second guessing themselves. I could have done without so much introspection and would have enjoyed more of them together and Messenger’s well written action sequences.

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve had the first book in the series in my Kindle pile for a LONG time now. I keep wanting to get to it, but maybe I should hold off and see how the rest of it goes . I”m sorry this one was slow and lacking in action :/

    • says

      I enjoyed the first book more than this one. I wonder about the third and if I’m going to read it. I will probably wait to see some reviews first.

  2. says

    Hmmm, I haven’t got to reading this one yet, but it’s there on the pile of books and I’m quite excited about it. Since now I know the pacing is quite slow I’ll go into it prepared and I’m sure I’ll manage to enjoy it more.
    Thanks for the great review, Kristen!

    • says

      Thanks Pili. I can’t wait to see what you think of it when you read. I think it might have helped me knowing what I was getting into prior to reading.

    • says

      It does seem to be a second book trend. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me (World After) but other times it just really slows the pacing down for me.

  3. says

    Aw, I’m sorry that you had some issues with this book :\ I loved it, but I understand why you had some problems 🙂 Thank you for being honest and sharing Kristen. <3 hope you will love the third one more 😀 I cannot wait to read it. Sigh. This ending was so so evil..

    • says

      I’m glad you enjoyed this one far more than I did. I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the last book or not. If I do it’ll be because of a lot of good early reviews. The ending was so much better than the rest of the book and did leave me curious as to what would happen next. We’ll see.

  4. says

    I have the first book but still haven’t read it yet–and your review doesn’t make me terribly excited to pick it up, sadly. I do like witty characters, though, and it’s good to hear that the book picks up in the second half. Is there going to be a third book…and will you read it? I might wait until book three is out before I start the first one…

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • says

      You know, I’m going to have to wait on the third book until I see some early reviews. I was certain the second would improve upon the first and it really didn’t. I love witty characters and was sad that Vane lost some of that in this installment.

  5. says

    I haven’t read the first book and, what with the pacing problems and stagnation in this one, I think I’ll probably wait for reviews on the next book, see whether the series gets better before I invest the time. Those books that are half standing around doing nothing always remind me of the disastrous first half of the last Harry Potter book (and/or the 7th movie). Still, I’m glad LtSB picked up halfway through and you got to enjoy the story again. 🙂

    • says

      Yea,I was pretty sad it didn’t live up to what I wanted. I hope the third book is amazing because the series has a ton of potential and Messenger is a talented writer

  6. says

    It’s a shame that you did not end up liking this a whole lot. I guess the likability of a book depends on how much you care about the characters, eh? I mean, if they’re boring, then I wouldn’t care about their story that they have to tell.

    Great review, girl! <33

    • says

      I wish I could have had a deeper connection to the characters. Maybe if I’d reread the first book again it would have been a better experience. Thanks for dropping by Melanie!

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