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:

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.

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Houston Teen Book Con 2013

This was my first time to go to the Teen Book Con, and it was as amazing as I had anticipated. I got to meet some of my favorite authors (Leigh Bardugo, Morgan Rhodes…). I attended three of the four panels, Power to the People, Power of Memory and Take Me Away.

Power to the People
Cinda Williams Chima, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Jennifer Nielsen, Caragh O’Brien, Mary Pearson and Morgan Rhodes

Teen Book Con 2013Houston Teen book con
Power of Memory
Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Bethany Frenette, Claudia Gray, Dan Krokos, Lisa McMann

The Houston Teen Book Con Power of Memory Panel Claudia Gray

Memory Panel

This panel was hilarious–you could really see how much fun the authors were having. You know, I had no idea Dan Krokos is so funny. I immediately followed him on Twitter after this panel. My favorite question from the crowd was: “Mr. Krokos, do you know that you look like Doctor Who?” The crowd cheered. He really does.
Another question was which books inspired them when they were teens, lots of answers but the one I was most excited about, Leigh Bardugo loved the Dragonlance series. I grew up on these books! I read them in fifth grade and have read them every few years to this day. A lot of George RR Martin love too.

After the panel I had to run up and tell Leigh Bardugo how much I love Shadow and Bone and tell her how awesome I thought it was that she is a fellow Dragonlance fan. It was a really great moment for me to fan girl with one of my favorite authors. We  even have the same favorite three books in the series–kismet people!

Awesome Sauce

Three of my most prized books. I will never part with them.

Take Me Away
Lenore Appelhans, Tera Lynn Childs, A. G. Howard, Sophie Jordan, Stacey Kade, Shannon Messenger

authors at the Take Me Away Panel
Then it was time to stand in line for the book signing
Author Signing
Leigh Bardugo at signingSadly, my picture with Leigh Bardugo didn’t come out (sobs)
Shannon MessengerStacey Kade

Morgan RhodesAG Howard

Maureen JohnsonJessica Brody

Everyone was super nice especially since I become an awkward mess when I get up there to get my books signed. I forget everything I had tried to remember to say. I was also working on the biggest headache so that’s why I’m not totally smiling huge in the pictures; my excitement did not translate.

Thank you to the amazing authors and everyone that helped put this event together. Shout out to Blue Willow Bookshop, my favorite independent bookstore.

Upcoming on My Friends Are Fiction- two signed books I’ll be giving away in the next few months…



Let the Sky Fall Review

Let the Sky FallLet the Sky Fall
By: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 05, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

My Rating:

Summary (via jacket copy):
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’s 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.

The Story:
Let the Sky Fall had me interested immediately. The dual point of views of Audra and Vane gave me insight into what both were feeling and I enjoyed seeing the story unfold from both of their eyes. I enjoyed the aspect of the sylph/air elemental being the supernatural creature in this book though the basic story arc was pretty typical of a young adult paranormal romance. I was impressed with how creative Messenger was with explaining all the types of sylphs and their abilities. The story itself moves rather slowly but its a fast read regardless. You have a sense of urgency but its not stressful or very intense. When the climax finally happened it was a tad underwhelming and not all that surprising to me.  It’s one of those reads that you want to snuggle up in bed and read in an evening.

The Characters:
For the most part I liked Vane and Audra. Audra’s angst was a little too much at times but its not unrealistic that she would be like that but her whining sort of grated on me. Messenger did a good job at giving Vane a realistic male voice, as he focused on Audra’s appearance about as much as I would aspect a teen guy to. He was a genuinely nice guy that was likeable and had some pretty funny lines. Some of the parental interactions rang false to me being a mom myself. Mild spoiler: Vane’s adoptive mother’s eager acceptance seemed a bit too easy and honestly I could have done without her even knowing any of what was going on with him. End Spoiler As for the romance between Vane and Audra it was believable and built up nicely but for some reason I just wasn’t overly moved by it–thinking it was more me than the writing? I’m not sure why that was.

Final thoughts:
I will read the sequel and I look forward to where Messenger takes Audra and Vane in the next book.

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