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.
This is one of those books that I wanted to, really wanted to love, especially after all the amazing reviews I read on it. But isn’t usually how it goes? Instead, I barely liked Let the Sky Fall and was sorely disappointed in it’s lack of originality despite having a unique paranormal concept.
The book begins with Vane, who I disliked the most. I would have liked him if he wasn’t such a complainer. And if his “love” for Audra, his guardian and now trainer, had been expressed beyond wanting to rip her clothes off (and loosen her tight braid.) Unfortunately, when he finds out that he is the last Windwalker of his kind, he constantly whines about all the training he has to go through. Ugh. He just annoyed me and I wanted to smack him. Repeatedly.
Audra is kind of kickass. But she’s also so disconnected that I wasn’t able to like her much either. She’s built this wall around herself that doesn’t allow her to want to feel anything and that caused me not to even feel any attachment towards her character. The only time I felt any sympathy towards her were her encounters with her mother, who was just plain cruel, but otherwise I didn’t care much for her either.
Surely I wouldn’t have been able to look past two characters that I felt iffy about, but I decided to push myself through the book. I soon realized that the fate of our planet was once again at the hands of a pair of teenage lovers. And while I don’t always mind this, I felt that in Let the Sky Fall it just didn’t make sense. Since Vane is a special person (the last of his kind, remember?) I would think he would need more protection than just one teenage girl. But no, because apparently extra guardians couldn’t be spared to stop the evil guy and he manages to get to them anyways. Instead, when the final battle came, it felt rushed and was predictable because the entire book focused on this weird relationship between the two and the training they did.
The only thing that I actually enjoyed about the book was the mythical aspect of it. The book is based on pretty much Vane finding out that he is a Windwalker, a sylph, which means (according to Wikipedia) that he is an invisible being of air. Of course, he’s not invisible, but he’s also not human and idea of this was completely awesome. I wish it could have been executed better, with more likable characters, but unfortunately for me this was not the case. Let the Sky Fall, turned out to be not for me after all.
I have never been a regular blogger. I’ve been doing this for almost five years and I almost always stop for a few weeks or months at a time and then I come back. This time, I didn’t mean to stop. I wanted to blog. But my life sort of changed a lot.
A little over a month ago, my boyfriend and I broke up. While it was mostly my decision, it is something I am still struggling with each day. With the break up, I also had to figure out where to go next. I’d been living with him for months and of course, I had to move out. Luckily, I had recently become really close with a friend and she offered me a place to live. I moved in with her about a week later and it’s been a blast being her roommate. But it’s still taken some time to adjust to my new life.
A lot of the people I knew were mostly his friends and now I don’t talk to any of them. I haven’t told my family yet but I expect I will when they ask me to invite him over the holidays. I realized yesterday that some people still don’t know, because nobody expected it. We are also both having a hard time moving on; letting go is so damn hard.
Anyways, I wasn’t ready to come back to blogging because it reminded me too much of the life I had just left behind. Out of my four years in blogging, he had been involved in over three years of it. He was the one who gave me alone time to blog, who went with me to author events, who bought me books, who carried around my bags at ALA, etc. and it was hard to come back to something that was almost “ours” you know?
I still love him, really, and sometimes when I am alone, I cry at what we’ve lost.
But I realized that maybe it’s okay for me to still enjoy the things we did together. I haven’t visited a beach even though our weather has been amazing. I haven’t read a single book. I haven’t blogged or listened to the same music I used to. I haven’t gone bike riding or hiking or watched my favorite tv shows. Why? Because I felt like all that was going to stay in the past, stay with him. It felt like part of a different life that I am not living anymore. But then I realized I can’t just do that.
I can continue enjoying my life.
I am still sad. And I will most likely not be around as often. But I am back.
Thanks for listening.
Two nights ago I got the chance to go to Mysterious Galaxy for an author event. It had been a few months since I went to any author event so I was really excited to go even though I have met both Gretchen McNeil and Kendare Blake before. The event started at 7:30pm and I was a wee bit late because I ended up driving back home to pick up the boyfriend, who was originally not coming with me. But we made it a few seconds before the authors walked out so we still managed to sit somewhere in the middle.
As usual, McNeil was in an amazing dress and shoes! I love her style and always admire what she’s wearing. Blake is also so cool, and she shared with us that she recently got a quote from the Illiad, which makes her that much more awesome! Anyways, the authors began by telling us a bit about their books.
I’d heard of 3:59 previously from McNeil herself at another event so I was really excited to finally grab a copy. Earlier that week, I had picked up a copy of Antigoddess, but I hadn’t even read the synopsis yet, so I was completely fascinated as Blake told us all about it. It sounds so good, and I can’t wait to finally dive into it.
Both authors are great when speaking to crowds, and it was obvious that neither of them wanted to read from their books (just because they didn’t know what to read from them!) so they jumped straight into questions. I never ask questions (actually, I did ask a question once but that rarely ever happens) but I am always interested in what others ask, especially if they don’t know the author or his/her writing.
After the questions died down, there was the signing and I always feel super awkward talking to authors cause they are so awesome and stuff. I had my boyfriend stand in line while I went to purchase my copy of 3:59 and also grabbed a copy of NOS4A2 by Joe Hill which Kendare Blake highly recommended, and so did the book seller.
Even though I didn’t say much to either author, I did ask to take pictures with both of them after they were done signing my books. I am really looking forward to reading both books since I have previously enjoyed their work.
And that was my night! Happy reading
Day 5 | Recommend a tear jerker
I cry a lot during books, so it was hard for me to just pick one. So I decided not to. Here are a few books that made me cry my eyes out these past few years that I have been blogging.
Hey there! I threw out the old “Weekly Recap” and sort of grabbed this new feature originally started over at Ten Cent Notes, where I’ll share all the new books on my shelves, what I’m reading, what I plan to read next and other happening on the blog that you might have missed.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
I’ve been trying to get through TSofSD…well, all summer. It was the first book I picked up for my Summer Reading Challenge which I pretty much failed miserably since summer is already practically over. I started The Raven Boys this weekend but won’t be able to really get into it tonight. I am really excited to start it because it sounds really good. Have you read either of these? Any thoughts?
Bad Boys to Go by Lori Foster, Janelle Denison & Nancy Warren | A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
I’ve been really good about not purchasing books while on my short hiatus and I am quite proud of myself. I bought Bad Boys for $1 dollar at Book Off and the only reason I picked up A Midsummer Night’s Scream was because I randomly met up with a friend at Mysterious Galaxy and I just had to buy something.
Three by Jay Posey | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | This Girl by Colleen Hoover | A Trick of Light by Lois Metzger | Dare to be Seduced by Eden Davis | The Trophy Wives by Charmaine R. Parker | Sideline Scandals by Pat Tucker | The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
I’m pretty sure there are a few other books that I missed, but these were the ones I could think I got recently for review. I’m really interested in most of these and I can’t wait to finally get to read them. I have to admit I am glad I didn’t receive many more because I am very behind on reviews.