Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Let the Sky Fall (Let the Sky Fall, #1)Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Pre order: Amazon / Barnes and noble
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.
My Thoughts:
*sigh* I just don't even know where to begin.  Let the Sky Fall was a book that I had really high hopes for.  I jumped for joy when it landed in my hands and I couldn't wait to read it, unfortunately my expectations were not met and I am left with a weird feeling after finishing the book.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good.  The characters were okay, not great.  The story was just off enough to make me question the whole thing.  This book at least for me falls into that icky category labeled just meh and I hate that category.  I would rather feel hate towards a book than indifference.

The story itself is an interesting one.  We have Windwalkers and big bad enemies that are coming in eight days, we have a forbidden romance, and we have strange mother thrown in that feels like she should star in Mommy Dearest.  Maybe not that extreme but that woman gave me the creeps and from the get go I had my eye on her.  See it all sounds exciting right??  I thought so too, but the story just seemed to drag on and and some parts I wanted to scream to get back to the story and forget about the romance.  Being a romance reader I should never say those things but I did and I do feel terrible about it, but the story needed more story and less pinning.  I know the two characters wanted each other from the beginning and it felt like filler to have them go back and forth so much.  I might have been okay with it all if the ending hadn't of erased all the back and forth so quickly.  There is a part and no I can't tell you but Vane makes a simple demand and poof years of planning are thrown right out the window without a care.  At least that is the way I took it so all the back and forth talk and scenes ended up being for naught.

Anyway back to the story.  I am always on the look out for something different in my books and Windwalkers are right up there with cyborgs so I knew I had to read it.  I know we all get tired of the same ole vamps and weres so this sounded fresh and new.  It was new and fresh, but I found it a little hard to grasp at some parts and honestly the whole slyph idea was lost on me.  We have Vane and Audra who are training to win the war against the baddiest that want to control all four winds.  These baddies need Vane to teach them the Westerly wind language and seeing as how he is the last remaining Westerly alive they will torture him to get what they want.  So the weight of the world lies with two teenagers with no help from anybody else.  I just don't understand why Vane wasn't guarded more.  We get a somewhat explanation but I don't buy it.  If he truly is the last Westerly and if everything depends on this one boy then shouldn't there be an army in front of him?   There were little things like this that never clicked for me.  Too many holes in my opinion and since I kept coming up with more and more questions my feelings toward the book started to become meh.

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Okay I am going to end my review/rant with all that.  Please don't take my word for it on this one.  I really believe my opinion will not be the norm and most will love Vane and Audra.  I have a feeling this book was just read at the wrong time for me.  And because I think others will adore this book I have decided to give it away to one lucky follower.  If you win please come back after you read it and let me know your thoughts whether they be to yell at me for my crazy opinion or to weep along side of me. =)

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81 comments:

  1. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one, Crystal. :( I still want to read it, but I'll make sure not to have high expectations. Wonderful review!

    A book I can't wait for is Under the Light by Laura Whitcomb! :)

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    1. It's okay, can't love them all lol =P Thanks! I hope you like it =)

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  2. Aw, that's too bad :(
    I'm looking forward to Poison and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

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    1. It happens lol. Poison you say?? You might want to keep an eye out next week *wink wink* =D

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  3. I can`t wait for Walking Disaster to come out, I have pre-ordered it already and have to wait for about 5 weeks still, but I`m patient :D

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    1. The wait is always bad for books that we can't wait for lol =D

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  4. Thank you for the giveaway! I am so looking forward to The Beautiful and the Cursed and Born of Illusion!

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    1. I can't wait to get my hands on Born of Illusion!

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  5. That would be With all My soul by Rachel Vincent and Clockwork princess by Cassandra Clare

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  6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare and Sever by Lauren de Stefano, I'll only list two otherwise I'd be here all day and night listing them LOL

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  7. I can't wait for Unbreakable (Unraveling #2), Requiem, Clockwork Princess, This Girl (Slammed #3), Code (Virals #3), and looking even more forward: The Bitter Kingdom and The Dream Thieves :)
    And a whole lot more that I can't think of at the moment! Haha

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    1. I need to look up The Bitter Kingdom and The Dream Thieves, I like the titles =D

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  8. I have a lot of new books that I want to read..Great Giveaway..Thanks!!

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  9. I can't wait for Walking Disaster.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. This one, and TAKEN, and DARK TRIUMPH, and DARE YOU TO, and THE ELEMENTALS, and ORIGIN, and BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, and so many more! I made an entire post about it HERE!

    Thank you SO MUCH for the giveaway!

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    1. Between the Devil and the Beep Blue Sea is on my must have list =) You are very welcome good luck!

      I am going to check out your post =)

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  11. I can't wait to read Dare You To! It's going to be amazing, I know it! <3

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  12. Oh no!!!! LET THE SKY FALL is one of my most anticipated reads of 2013. :( Maybe I'll like it. *chews nails* I'm scared now, though - the things you disliked I usually dislike in books, too.

    I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy the book, but thanks for the great review! :)

    Happy Reading!
    ~Gin @Addicted to Words

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    1. Oh I really hope you do! It is probably just me, so don't be scared =) It's okay we can't win them all lol. =)

      Happy reading to you too!

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  13. So many! "With All My Soul" by Rachel Vincent! Darkness Kindled by Samantha Young! Of my highly anticipated!

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  14. I wasn't really excited about this one, plus the cover doesn't look like an angel book at all. Sorry your didn't like it.

    I'm looking forward to Perfect Scoundrels, I think it's already out.

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    1. It's okay I am just glad I can pass it on to somebody who might like it =) *whispers* it's not an angel book =)

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  15. Requiem and With all my Soul are my top two right now :D

    Thanks for the giveaway, it's kind of sad that you didn't like the book... Hopefully I will *crossing fingers*

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    1. Great choices!

      You are very welcome =) I hope you will too!

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  16. I just heard about this book called Me, Him, Them and It, which releases this week and I am really intrigued by the premise of it.

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  17. Thanks for the honest review! I actually haven't heard a lot about this book. But it does sound interesting. Better luck next time, eh? :) I'm really looking forward to Frost Burn by Patricia Briggs.

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    1. LOL that is always my thinking =D Great pick!

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  18. I'm sorry you didn't like this one more! I'm highly anticipating it though, and the cover is just super pretty!

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    1. It's okay =) I agree I really like the cover =)

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  19. Same answer until it comes out: Detergent, lol.

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  20. I'm excited for Sever and The Indigo Spell. :)

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  21. Can't wait for Destiny by P.T. Michelle and Mystic by Alyson Noel thank you for the givaway!

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    1. I haven't read Indigo Spell yet but I already agree lol!

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  23. Been waiting patiently for Apollyon, Origin, and Wait for You all by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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    1. Apollyon was really good! We are giving away our copy so don't forget to enter!!

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  24. I was actually surprised that I liked this because it started out really slow and I did not like the heroine. But I ended up loving it! I'm definitely looking forward to Clockwork Princess and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Yay I am glad you ended up liking it =) I agree the beginning was slow.

      Great picks! You are very welcome good luck!

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  25. Definitely Jennifer Echols' new YA novel! It looks so good!

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  26. There are WAY too many new releases that I'm excited for to name them all! I can't wait for The Nightmare Affair, Vengeance Bound, Requiem, Dance of the Red Death, and so many others!

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  27. I'm looking forward to The Eternity Cure.

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  28. This seems to be a love or hate kind of book ;)) But the cover is so beautiful!
    I am not even sure what book am I looking forward to read next, as these days I don't seem to be find something to grab my attention, but I read Requiem and I've been quite eager to do so ;))

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    1. I can't wait to see more reviews of it, I am curious if I will be the only who wasn't as into it. I agree I love the cover! It will be hard to part with because I love it so much lol =D

      I had the same problem a few weeks ago I hope you find some good ones to read soon =) Great pick!

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  29. Sever (which I'm reading next) and Requiem! Thanks!

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  30. I'm excited for Scarlett! Need my fairytale fix :)

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  31. I just read a review on this book, before coming here and they loved it. I guess we all have our own "likes", I would love to be able to read, just to see if it would fit with my style of books. I guess I would be adventuring out, so to speak.
    As for upcoming books. I really don't know, there is so many to choose from! lol
    Jenna_bearden_101252005(at)yahoo.com

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  32. Really?! I despise picking just 1 book to be excited for. But right now I'm going to say The Collector by Victoria Scott!

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  33. I cant wait for Appollyon by Jennifer Armentrout!! It will be Epic!!!

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  34. I can't wait for Clockwork Princess to come out. I can't believe it's less than a month away!

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  35. I want to read Wasteland by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan! :)

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  36. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this more, I also had really high hopes for it but now I'm unsure! Might just be a library rental =)

    I am really looking forward to Clockwork Princess next month!

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  37. I'm looking forward to Dark Triumph!

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  38. I'm looking forward to With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent(:

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  39. I'm sorry you didn't like this one so much. :( I've been dying to read it so I wonder how I'll feel.

    I am really excited for Clockwork Princess! :)

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  40. Good review. Very honest. Thanks for the giveaway as well. I'm really interested in reading this one so thanks for the opportunity to try and win it :)

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