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Let the Storm Break: Sky Fall, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

More cosmic perils, teen romance in "air-elemental" sequel.

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LET THE STORM BREAK follows the standard formula of romance-heavy fantasy trilogies. Love blossoms in Book 1: Let the Sky Fall brings Audra and Vane together in a kiss that's supposed to bond them for life. Then in Book 2 the doubts emerge, usually with a love-triangle twist (think teams Edward and Jacob). What if he/she doesn't really love me? Who is this other guy/chick and does he/she like the other person better? Can I compete with him/her? Enter hot and somewhat desperate-seeming Solana; Vane was supposed to bond with her and rule the kingdom. Let the Storm Break follows the formula pretty well, but Solana doesn't seem like much of a threat -- Vane's all about Audra, even if his mom likes Solana better. And the parts with the meddling mom add awkwardness and slow the story down. Shouldn't everyone be getting ready for battle while mom is fussing about Vane keeping his bedroom door open? It's time for Vane, future king of the sylphs, to move out of his human-adoptive parents' house.

In Let the Storm Break the big enemy -- Raiden -- finally shows up. It's pretty clear a win against him will be costly. Author Shannon Messenger doesn't fall into the sequel slow-down sinkhole here: The end battle feels pretty climactic. But it's easy to lose track of details in fast-paced scenes, where characters are situated in a battle, or even how on earth they could be having full conversations while flying through the gusty air. Still, readers who've fallen for Vane and Audra will breeze through this sequel and its twister of an ending and be ready for the next installment.

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