Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Title : Let the Storm Break
Author : Shannon Messenger
Genre : Fantasy
Published Date : 
March 4th 2014
Publisher : Simon Pulse
Pages : 400
Source : Bought

From Goodreads :
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

Review

With Let the Sky Fall being such an interesting read, it's no wonder this book became one of my highly anticipated release. From the very first time, I fell in love with this whole sylph concept and wind battle. And while I was hoping that this book would be as lovely as its previous, it is honestly a total letdown.

"She’s worth begging for. She’s worth everything."
—Vane

For a start, this book do have a good point. In the previous book, we didn't even get to see Raiden the antagonist in action. Just a mere sentence telling us how scary he is. But here, we finally got to see what he's truly capable of, and it heightens all the tension. Also, there's a lot more action than before.

Another thing that's good here for me is just how we could feel the romance between Audra and Vane. Their strong longing when they're apart and all, it just feels so believable.

But that seems to be the only goodness I could found, unfortunately. The writing, in comparison, was raw and cluttered and feels like it's just being thrown in.
And also, there's a lot of time when I feel that Vane's narration was a little bit too girlish, whining about unnecessary thing, and thinking about things that actually never concerns a boy in real life, ever. (I'm not even an avid male-PoV reader, yet I could tell).


The pacing was also a little bit boring, and only picked up nearing the end. And there's also countless time when Audra and Vane both doing stupid thing in the name of love, saying I would do anything so that their lovers don't die, while in fact, their lover was NOT even in danger, at all. And they do this annoying thing not just once, but over and over and over.

Would I read the continuation of this? Maybe, but it's only because the charm of the first book, really.
But does this book satisfy? Not at all.

Cheers,x
NK

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2 comments

  1. There's still another book? I thought that this was it. I was actually interested in Let the Sky Fall (pretty pretty cover) but then it did get some unfavorable reviews. I think the impression I got from it was that it was very shallow. So I never tried it, but it seriously looks very pretty. I hope the last book delivers for you!

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    1. Let the Sky Fall was actually okay for me :) And yep, I kinda thought it was a standalone at first too :D

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