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I love Shannon Messanger so I decided to read this. It was kinda a fail romance book.. well not really fail but it wasn't very original. I got bored with some parts of the book and skimmed through it. Vane and Audra were kind of an insta-love couple. If you want to read this book I recommend you to read Keepers of the lost cities *fangirls* they are VERY good. Basically Audra sweres to protect Vane and tells Vane he's a wind spirit or whatever. Vane and Audra practice their skills and grow romance. Audra's hard to convince but Vanes desires are fulfilled in the end. Then they fight stormers win bla bla bla. If you are offended by this review sorry -Silverstorm
In all fairness, I wasn't really expecting anything amazing. The only reason I picked it up is because it reminded me of an anime I really enjoyed, and thought this might be like that. I was wrong.
I'll admit, the storyline is actually quite interesting, and not anything I've seen before. Even if this is the case, that doesn't mean it's good.
We start off with a boy, who doesn't remember anything of his parents, or his home, or anything that happened before a tornado came and destroyed his home, and killed his parents. All he knows, is that there's a girl who haunts his dreams at night.
That's how we already know this is gonna be HIS girl.
Well, then we meet the girl (sorry for forgetting their names) who haunts his dreams. Turns out, she knows she is, and she's doing it purposely so the boy can have a 'breakthrough'
Don't know what a breakthrough is? Neither did I, until farther in the book. I found, that in this book not many things were explained. There were so many terms the girl used, and I had no idea what she was saying, and the author took her time to begin explaining.
Note to Author: We are not you. We do not share the same mind. I have no idea what your characters are saying, until you ACTUALLY explain it.
I also found that the characters were completely unrealistic, the romance happened too fast, the boy was way too naive, and at some points I just put down the book, plainly because I became uninterested. I forced myself to finish, though.
That aside, I still rated it a three because there are some good points.
I like that the author gave the characters background. Even if they were still flat, it made them seem a bit more real, knowing they had a past.
I also like how the characters could be complete idiots sometimes. Even if Messenger didn't mean for it to be like that, it still made the book a but more enjoyable.
I love the name, and I also love the song Skyfall by Adele, same words on the song as the name of the book.
The cover is gorgeous, and Messengers writing was pretty nice.
To sum it up, there were many parts I didn't like, and some I did, but I know that Messenger had the capacity to make this book better than she did.
For all those that like elemental magic, this is your kind of book. For all those that like fast romance, this is your kind of story. For all those that like troubled pasts, these are your kinds of characters.
Wer die Keeper of the lost cities-Reihe gelesen hat und nun fieberhaft auf die Fortsetzung wartet, wird versucht sein, mit dieser Reihe zu überbrücken. Die Geschichte ist tatsächlich ganz nett, aber auch nicht mehr. Die Idee mit der Windmagie ist eigentlich ganz reizvoll und die Charaktere sympathisch. Aber es kommt keine wirkliche Laune auf, es ist sogar streckenweise eher bedrückend. Das Ende des ersten Buches ist befriedigend und für mich gab es keinen Anlass, die zwei anderen Bände der Triologie zu lesen.
Despite the YA designation, this reads both in character and world-building like a more simplistic upper Middle Grade Novel, despite the fantasy-kissing on both protagonists part.
Told in alternating POV, this is the story of Audra and Vane; two special teenagers in a small, desert town trying to hide from wind-wielding warriors called Stormers. Or actually, Audra is trying to hide, and Vane doesn't yet know what his true nature is.
So this is light reading, and on score it's perfectly entertaining. Audra and Vane kind of seep together in my brain, without having a really unique flavor on their own. Vane's a little whiny for me, but I do appreciate how his very nature makes violence abhorrent. Way to go to try to craft a non alpha hero-- but then since he does use violence, it lost some of the kick for me.
But really what made it less than 4 stars for me was the whole wind-wielding business. I just couldn't suspend disbelief at all the Northerlies, Westerlies, Easterlies, etc and gusts of wind lying around all the time in their small desert town, as well as how they could be formed by certain combinations and certain "activation" words to be just about anything Audra needed (a spike, a trace, a message, a funnel, an elevator, etc). While I think the wind-weather aspect of this had the potential to be quite interesting, the way it was treated as willy-nilly magic made it kind of blah for me.
So while it was cute, I don't think I'd recommend it for older YA readers.
This Book's Snack Rating: Salt and Pepper Lay's for the somewhat under-seasoned use of magic and a romance that didn't quite hit my sweet spot
Since I have really enjoyed Messenger’s Middle Grade, Keeper of the Lost Cities series I was excited to try her Young Adult series Sky Fall. She has a thing for elves and this book is no exception. Audra is a sylphs, an air elemental, and the sworn guardian of Vane, a seventeen year old boy. Vane knows he survived a category five tornado that killed his parents when he was a child, but he has no memory of how or of the rest of his childhood. When a hasty mistake reveals their location to their enemies Audra is forced to materialize in Vane’s life and help him remember what he has forgotten. I was not as wowed by this story as I was by the Keeper of the Lost Cities books. The two series are complete contrasts. Where the world of the Lost Cities is bright and sparkling, the world of Sky Fall is a hot desert. The best thing about it is Vane. I cannot remember reading a more fully drawn teenage boy character in any book. His sarcastic remarks and hormonally driven behavior made me laugh out loud through the whole thing.
My eleven year old daughter has just started this book not to long ago. She says Shannon Messengers 'Keeper of the Lost Cities' is the BEST series she has even read- that and Kate O'Hearns Pegasus series. But she had just showed me some BAD/SWEAR words in this book that aren't appropriate for younger readers. SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTING. . . .