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Let the Sky Fall

Ponderous backstory bogs down "air elemental" romance.

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Educational value

Readers can relate descriptions of the winds' personalities to real-life global weather patterns. They'll also learn a bit about Southern California, its wind farms, and inland desert heat.

Positive messages

Let the Sky Fall offers perspective on how difficult it is to advocate for peace in wartime and invites thought about whether violence can ever be the answer, especially when protecting loved ones.

Positive role models

Audra atones for her sense of guilt by sacrificing her own happiness to protect Vane, who responds by trying to help her cope with her guilt and enjoy life a little. Discovering his new identity transforms Vane from slacker to driven, brave protector.

Violence

Both Vane and Audra lost parents to violent death a decade earlier, and Vane begins to relive the experience of watching his parents torn apart by winds. One family of five is "torn apart like rag dolls." Others are said to be tortured by the enemy for information. During a climactic battle, enemies fall to their possible deaths, and bolts of swirling air stab them. Winds threaten to disconnect Vane from his body.

Sex

Vane and Audra's kiss would bond them for life, so there's a lot of suspense around the possibility. Vane talks about his failed attempts to kiss human girls; he also has quite a bit of internal dialogue about one of Audra's very skimpy outfits and how he can get her to wear it again.

Language

Occasional use of "freaking," "hell," and forms of "damn." Vane says he utters "a healthy mix of words my mom would kill me for using."

Consumerism

Vane goes to Outback Steakhouse and The Cheesecake Factory with friends but complains that his only food choices are chain restaurants. However, the California burger chain In-N-Out gets a major plug.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Let the Sky Fall is the first in Shannon Messenger's fantasy-romance series about beings called air elementals or sylphs. The romance doesn't get very physical, since lead characters Vane and Audra would be bonded for life if they kissed. Besides, they're more preoccupied with saving themselves from the beings who killed his parents and her father a decade before and who tortured and killed many others, including one family that was "torn apart like rag dolls." In a climactic battle, turbulent winds stab an enemy. Audra, a strong character working through a lot of guilt, will especially appeal to girls; the peaceable Vane makes for a good contrast and may inspire interesting discussions about the role of peacemakers in wartime.

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What's the story?

Vane thinks he's just another Southern California kid lazing through a summer, sweating it out in the desert heat and hoping to finally kiss a girl on a blind date. When the big moment finally arrives, a huge gust of cold wind knocks the would-be kissers apart. Enter Audra, an air elemental called a sylph, who's been secretly protecting Vane for the past 10 years -- because he's actually a sylph who's lost his memory and fated to be bound for life to the first person he kisses. Between warding off romantic partners and hiding Vane from the enemies who killed his parents, she's been busy. Vane and Audra finally meet, but, before he has a chance to understand the situation, he has to prepare for a cosmic battle while coping with romantic feelings for Audra.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

After werewolves, vampires, and angels, you can just see the publishers wondering what to do for an encore, and that's the book's only problem: the setup. Despite author Sharon Messenger's heroic efforts to keep readers interested with lush romantic scenery and tense personal struggles, there's a steep learning curve involving four winds and their personalities, the powers of sylphs, and Vane's role in the cosmic drama. Let the Sky Fall has some great characters and an intriguing twist at the end, setting up a sequel that benefits from the first book's world-building.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of fantasy romances. How are mythical and otherworldly creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and angels more romantic than mere mortals? Which are your favorites?

  • A big moral dilemma, in fiction and in real life, is whether violence is ever justified. What do you think? What might be some examples?

  • Do you like Let the Sky Fall enough that you think you'll continue with the series? Why, or why not?

Book details

Author:Shannon Messenger
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Science and nature
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon Pulse
Publication date:March 5, 2013
Number of pages:416
Available on:Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWolf_Girl December 26, 2014

It was good

I read this book because I had read another book by the same author. I thought it was interesting. The whole idea of air elemental human like beings. There was tons of romans but almost no kisses (Kissing binds air elementals to each other). There was some violence and a couple of deaths (Not any main characters).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byaudreylyn May 21, 2017

very good

Very interesting. kid appropriate, but has big words.
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Great messages