Author: Shannon Messenger
Series: Let the Sky Fall #1
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Wow. Talk about some dysfunctional family dynamics in this novel. While Vane seems to have an okay relationship with his foster parents, Audra and her mother are definitely on the other end of the spectrum. There are a lot of secrets between these two, a lot of open hostility and resentment, and a LOT of love lost. Honestly, it's kind of amazing they haven't killed each other already.
While the concept of mastering and controlling an element such as wind is interesting, Messenger doesn't quite pull it off. Especially since winds don't typically blow in just one direction, so the thought of four different languages of wind for the four main cardinal directions seemed like quite a stretch and a weird concept.
The characters in this novel feel very one dimensional. Vane has dreamt about Audra for ten years, ever sense he survived the tornado that killed his parents and wiped away his memory of his past. She is the only thing he remembers, and he's rather obsessed with her. So when he's out on a double date and sees her in the restaurant, it's as if all his prayers have been answered. It doesn't seem to matter if the knows the first thing about her, the novel is all about his feelings for this mysterious gal of his dreams.
While there is a bit of a plot to the story, it feels like the plot is there only to drive along the romance between Vane and Audra. And though they seem destined to be together, even though Audra keeps claiming that they can't be, they have no real chemistry I could see. So when coupled with the lack of a gripping plot, this novel falls short and leaves a lot to be desired.