Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this “fast-paced, fantasy-romance” (VOYA) novel.

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 ...
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Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall Series #1)

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Overview

A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this “fast-paced, fantasy-romance” (VOYA) novel.

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 as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Vane, 17, is haunted by the memory of a beautiful dark-haired girl who appeared during the tornado that killed his parents 10 years earlier. He doesn't realize he's not human until Audra appears and tells him of their shared heritage as Windwalkers, or sylphs, air elementals who can command the wind. Her father died protecting Vane from enemies called Stormers, and she blames herself for calling their attention to his family. She has taken up her father's duties and been specially selected by the Gale Force as Vane's protector. With danger imminent from Stormer warlord Raiden, she has to train Vane to harness his powers as the last of the Westerlies and master the languages of all four winds. And she must also fight her forbidden attraction to Vane, who is betrothed to the sylph princess. Told in the alternating voices of Vane and Audra and set in California's Coachella Valley, this is an interesting reversal of the usual magical girl who doesn't know she's special paranormal trope, and sylphs are a nice change from vampires, werewolves, and fairies. The story is a little slow at first, possibly because of the world-building in the beginning, and only really picks up when the pair battle the Stormers near the end. This first of a series ends with a cliff-hanger. Recommend it to Twilight fans.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Publishers Weekly
Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston lost his parents in a freak tornado when he was seven. While he loves his adopted parents, who live in California’s scorching Coachella Valley, he can’t shake the feeling that something about that accident doesn’t add up. Enter Audra, the gorgeous and disciplined “sylph” who saved his life and has been haunting his dreams. Audra reveals that Vane is also a sylph, a mystical creature who can control the wind, and that he’s being hunted by Raiden, a ruthless and powerful sylph. Readers learn the secrets of the sylphs, as Vane and Audra experiment with Vane’s emerging abilities and she struggles with her role as his guardian. As Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities) alternates between Vane and Audra’s perspectives, the story bogs down in detailed explanations about the sylph world, Vane’s training proceeds with excruciating slowness, and the romance between Vane and Audra is lackluster and predictable. The novel works best when Messenger’s characters are left to explore her vividly imagined world of wind, rather than just talk about it. Ages 13–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Charged and romantic—a whirlwind of a love story." —Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush Saga

"Funny, fast-paced, and slyly romantic, Shannon Messenger’s YA debut dazzles."

- Kiersten White, NYT Bestselling author of PARANORMALCY and SUPERNATURALLY

VOYA - Jennifer Miscek
Vane Weston is a handsome seventeen-year-old who has never kissed a girl. It is not that he is not interested; it is just that every time he gets close, something—a chill wind, bird poop, a terrible smell . . . something—gets in the way. Then, there is the beautiful stranger who haunts his dreams. Vane is shocked to see her in person at a restaurant, and soon the two are connected in ways that Vane could never have imagined. The stranger, Audra, is a sylph, and so is Vane. In fact, Vane is the last of the Western wind people, and Audra is his guardian. Keeping Vane safe means protecting the key to thwarting the evil power of Raiden. Keeping Vane from "bonding" with a human woman means protecting him for his betrothed, Solana, the former king's heir. But it is Vane and Audra who end up forcing Raiden into retreat, and Vane and Audra who end up bonding. Messenger's first young adult novel may not the most original story, but it has its moments, with even pacing, likeable characters, and a gratifying romance. It is also extremely tame, where just kissing bonds one to another for life. Like Twilight, the book has some gender issues; there are a number of female characters, but none are without ideological problems. Still, fans of the Harry Potter and Twilight series, mythology, and especially high fantasy will enjoy this fast-paced, fantasy-romance piece. Reviewer: Jennifer Miscek
Kirkus Reviews
A teenage boy discovers his magical heritage and falls in love with his protector. Vane Weston has no memories of his life before a tornado killed his parents, only dreams haunted by a beautiful girl. Audra's been following Vane as his assigned protector from the Gale Force. Although Vane has no memory of it, he is an air elemental, or sylph, just like Audra--in fact, he is the key piece in a war against the stock villain, a power-hungry sylph tyrant who murdered Vane's parents. Doing her duties, Audra accidentally reveals their location--in much the same way that, years ago, she unintentionally alerted enemy soldiers, called Stormers, to Audra's parents' location as they served as guardians for Vane's family. This prior accident ended in numerous casualties. Vane must awaken to his heritage and powers, mastering the languages of the four winds (one for each direction), if they are to stand a chance when the Stormers come for them. Audra has only days to train him, adding temporal tension. Chapters alternate first-person narration between Vane and Audra, with Audra's redemptive arc adding meat to the orphan-hero-discovering-his-magical-heritage storyline. While some early exposition is clunky, once the story settles into a character-driven rhythm, the prose smooths out considerably. The twists at the end are refreshing rather than cheap. Characterization elevates this romance over similar offerings in a crowded genre. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442450431
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Sky Fall Series , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 61,673
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. She is the author of the middle grade Keeper of the Lost Cities series and the young adult novels Let the Sky Fall and Let the Storms Break. She is also one of the founders and organizers of WriteOnCon, a free online Writer’s Conference for kidlit writers held annually in August. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com.
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Read an Excerpt

Let the Sky Fall


  • VANE

I’m lucky to be alive.

At least, that’s what everybody keeps telling me.

The reporter from the local newspaper even had the nerve to call it a miracle. I was “Vane Weston: The Miracle Child.” Like the police finding me unconscious in a pile of rubble was part of some grand universal plan.

“Family Survives Tornado”—now, that would’ve been a miracle. But trust me, there’s nothing “miraculous” about being orphaned at seven years old.

It’s not that I’m not grateful to be alive. I am. I get that I shouldn’t have survived. But that’s the worst part about being “The Miracle Child.”

The question.

The same inescapable question, plaguing me for the last ten years of my life.

How?

How could I get sucked in by a category-five tornado—nature’s equivalent of a giant blender—get carried over four miles before the massive funnel spit me back out, and only have a few cuts and bruises to show for it? How was that possible, when my parents’ bodies were found almost unrecognizable?

The police don’t know.

Scientists don’t know.

So they all turn to me for the answer.

But I have no freaking idea.

I can’t remember it. That day. My past. Anything.

Well, I can’t remember anything useful.

I remember fear.

I remember wind.

And then . . . a giant, blank space. Like all my memories were knocked out of my head when I hit the ground.

Except one.

One isolated memory—and I’m not even sure if it is a memory, or if it’s some strange hallucination my traumatized brain cooked up.

A face, watching me through the chaos of the storm.

A girl. Dark hair. Darker eyes. A single tear streaks down her cheek. Then a chilly breeze whisks her away.

She’s haunted my dreams ever since.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

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    Let the Sky Fall is a great new book and the first in a series b

    Let the Sky Fall is a great new book and the first in a series by Shannon Messenger. I picked this one up because of the cover. I absolutely adore this cover, and once I read the description I was hooked. I definitely think the book lived up to my expectations and is an enjoyable read. 




    I thought Shannon did a great job of giving us a bunch of information without boring you to tears. The world building was rather extensive but every new aspect was needed and only helped create an unique atmosphere. Personally, I have never heard of slyphs so it was really exciting learning about them. 




    I loved the two main characters, Vane and Audra, and it was nice to get to see both of their perspectives. It’s awesome of Audra was the kick butt one and Vane was the one who had so much to learn. Audra and Vane were on an adventure together, but they also grew as individuals. 




    This was a great setup for the next books in the series. The story definitely left you wanting more and I will be sure to pick up the next book in this series. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    okay

    okay

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    I haven't read this author before so I was excited to find anoth

    I haven't read this author before so I was excited to find another author that I really like. The back story of the wind walkers is fascinating and I love her characters. We hear from both Audra and Vane as the story goes on. Audra is so broken from her past, but has a purpose and that seems to be what has helped her survive all that she has been through. Vane is sweet and innocent. He is in love with the girl in his dreams, but when he finds out she is real it is hard to believe. He is so patient with her and all her problems and is bound and determined to protect her from herself. Audra's mom is a piece of work and I can't believe how she treats her own daughter. Vane's step-mom is a little overbearing, but she loves him and I like how she supports and believes him even when what he tells her is so not normal. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    A girl who loves Justin Bieber and doesn't care what you think of him.Your opinion doesn't make him who he is.

    Ok book.I do not like audra though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Awake #1

    Nah. Bb. Imma find somewhere else.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    Let the Storms Break was everything I was hoping for in the seco

    Let the Storms Break was everything I was hoping for in the second installment of the Sky Fall series by Shannon Messenger.

    We are taken back to Vane and Audra's world shortly after the end of book 1 - If you haven't read that, then turn around because there will be spoilers for that book in this review!

    Audra has left Vane to try and make sense of the betrayal she has had to come to terms with but she hasn't given up on Vane and their bond. I love that she’s both strong and really, really vulnerable and the thing that she finds out in book one only amplifies all of that. So now, she’s off trying to work things out for herself and runs into a few snags. 

    Vane has no idea what Audra is doing... he waits for her though and tries to keep track of her through their bond. But Vane is also still dealing with trying to come to terms with who he is as well as the expectations that the Sylphs have for him as King. He hasn't slept in weeks because Raiden seems to be messing with him when he does and the only solution to that is Solana. Yup, his former betrothed. But I honestly didn’t dislike her. 

    My love for Vane certainly didn’t diminish with this book either. I adored him in book one, I mean, he’s such a boy, and that carries into book two as well. He acts and speaks and reacts completely how I would expect a boy of his would and it’s so incredibly endearing. 

    So… the dreaded love triangle. I don’t know what to say. I mean, it’s sort of there, but it’s also sort of not. I mean, Vane makes his choice quite apparent early on, and despite what everyone else wants or expects of him, really doesn’t waiver in his choice. 

    Messenger gives readers an amazing book two in the Sky Fall series. With characters that jump off the pages, to a unique and wonderfully paced story filled with action, this series has everything I look for. Sprinkle in some romance, snark, and swoons and it couldn’t have been more perfect. 

    One warning… there is a cliffhanger at the end of this book that will have you cursing the fact that you have to wait for book 3, but I’m telling you now, it’s worth the all the flails. This is a series that I’ve placed on my favorites shelf and if you haven’t started it, get going!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Love it

    If you read Keeper of the Lost Cities, you'll see that Vane is basically Keefe. Im not kiding, they share a funny personality

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

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        I wanted to read this one because I haven't really read much

        I wanted to read this one because I haven't really read much about the sylphs, the wind walkers and I was intrigued by them as well as the dual perspective girl/guy which I have come to really like. I also love the cover-- the colors and the couple embracing really catches my eye.
       Vane is easy to relate to because he (thinks he) is just a normal guy. He has a dry sense of humor and he is a sweet and good guy overall. He of course reacts to Audra like she is a dream at first, because that is where he sees her, night after night. Then things get even more paranormal and I always love that transition into the fantasy world where the main character is clueless and gets thrown in head first. It's also a great and natural way to set up the world because they don't understand anything just like me as the reader. I think that Vane is right in questioning things, but I think that he was too stubborn and reluctant at times, especially when Audra tells him the stakes and he still sulks and doesn't try or cooperate. I think that it is too much to take in and that is why he acts that way, but there were moments where I wish that he would just step up. And then finally we do get to see him do just that. He becomes more man than boy in his taking of the responsibility, in understanding what is at stake and working towards that with Audra's help, and in standing up to his parents and for his feelings. I saw such growth in him, and can't wait to see where the sequel will continue to grow and develop him as he understands more about the paranormal world he is a part of and what he can do. 
        Audra comes on the scene, and she is awesome because she is strong, dedicated and she has this desire to protect Vane, she looks up to her father who died as an example of how to be strong and also as a motivator to be strong and do the right thing, to make his sacrifice worth it, and also to honor his memory. I love it when a woman is fierce, strong and able to take care of herself in a physical setting. She is trained in what she does and knows how to kick butt and take names. Since that is nothing like me, I love getting swept away with someone who can. 
        The world building was great. Shannon Messenger, the author, lets us and Vane know things when we need to while still leaving us with questions to be answered later in the story. How Audra interacts with and is a part of the wind is mysterious but so great to read about, unique and it makes sense the way it is presented. The pacing is good and got my attention right away through Vane's quest to kiss a girl--a totally normal, awkward, and sweet moment. Until Audra interrupts, and as we learn, she has done this many times. Then quickly we switch to her pov and get tastes of what the sylph world is like. 
       I really enjoy how the romance is and develops in this story. Audra and Vane have some instant chemistry and attraction but there isn't any declarations of feelings or love immediately. When they touch there is a static power connection but they each keep it and what they are thinking about the other to themselves, but slowly flirt and feel even more towards the other as they are training and in close quarters with each other. I love the slow build up and burn that comes to this head, this big explosion. 
        The action is really neat, and I like how there are these commands that they use to get the winds to cooperate and how intricate it all is. It isn't some mindless hack and slash, you have to be smart, quick and crafty. I think that is partially why at the big fight scene I did feel a bit let down or like I missed something. But I loved the ending and wrap up, the questions it answered as well as the problems it posed as far as moving along in this world. I think that Audra has so much guilt from the past and hurt from losing family members as well as her strange and then got even more complicated at the end relationship with her surviving mother. 
        
    Bottom Line: Unique story line with a fierce female main character and deliciously slow building romance. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Let the Sky Fall is a great book in The Sky Fall series. I decid

    Let the Sky Fall is a great book in The Sky Fall series. I decided to read it after discovering the Keeper of the Lost Cities Series also by Shannon Messanger. This is a good book for anyone to read and also a good book for anyone looking for a good love story. The cover is  amazing! :)The story revolves around Vane and Audra, two slyphs, who are also known as windwalkers. Windwalkers are able to control the directional winds of their heritage (or more if they learn) . The plot was interesting and I liked the ideas of Slyphs. The story was at times hard to follow but I later was able to understand!  I would recommend this book! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Let the Sky Fall was something I was dying to read for months be

    Let the Sky Fall was something I was dying to read for months before it came out and it definitely did not disappoint! I loved how different it was from not only her middle grade series (which I also love) but from a lot of other books I've read. The love story is great and isn't the typical what you would expect love story. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next and now I can't wait for the next in the series! This book should be at the top of everyones' to read list.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

     This story is about Vane, a seventeen-year-old orphan who finds

     This story is about Vane, a seventeen-year-old orphan who finds out there is more to him than meets the eye. As a child, Vane survives a category five tornado that killed his parents. Ever since that day, he’s been dreaming (and sometimes possibly seeing) a girl. The girl, Audra, is not a figment of his imagination, but a mystical creature who is his guardian. As events take place, Vane and Audra meet face to face. He discovers the truth of his nature, and together they will have to fight in order to save themselves and those depending on them. 
     Now, let’s talk about this book. No, seriously, I have no idea where to start. Do I begin with the fabulous storyline? Can we talk about swoon-worthy Vane? or kick butt Audra? Or how about the beautiful writing? See my problem here? Too much of good stuff just overwhelming the brain. 
    Vane. Oh, Vane *le sigh* I really enjoyed watching this boy grow. I really liked how he really started out as a typical teenage boy, full on with his laziness (I’m a pro at teenage boys, I have brothers). Yet, as the story went on, I really felt like he worked at becoming a better version of himself. I have to say, I’m a sucker for those unlikely heroes. 

     Audra. Well, she was just a ball of laughs, that one (feel the sarcasm?) I actually really enjoyed Audra as a character. Her strict, take no nonsense was refreshing. I like me a good heroine and Audra really portrayed that to me. She had to work through some personal issues, make a teenage boy listen to her, and kick butt in the process. It’s a win all around. And together these two are just too freaking adorable! Just saying. 

     The writing here was amazing. I’ve stated previously that I really enjoy dual point of view. Especially when it’s done properly. I have to say, Shannon nailed it. Both of the characters were given new depths through her use of interchangeable point of views, taking the story to a whole new level. There are no many things out there (in literature) that haven’t been tried, yet I felt that Shannon introduced a new side to the story. The world she created was realistic, enchanting, and right outside our front doors. 
     I highly recommend everyone to order this book. You won’t be sorry. And go ahead, come back and thank me for sharing the awesome! :)
     Happy reading

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    Let the Sky Fall is a light urban fantasy and a joy to read.

    Let the Sky Fall is a light urban fantasy and a joy to read.

    Vane is just a normal guy who has dreamed about a very hot girl for as long as he can remember. Audra is strict and stubborn and has protected Vane since she was a little girl. Everything changes when Audra keeps Vane from kissing his date one night. Her methods give away their location to those who would kill them and now they have just a few days to prepare for the coming storm.

    You don't see a lot of male POVs in YA literature these days so Vane's perspective and narration were refreshing and very enjoyable. His voice was distinctly different from Audra's, so there was no confusing the two of them. I actually connected to Vane more so than Audra. I didn't enjoy her POV as much as I did Vane's but it was in no way painful to read.

    There are short flashbacks throughout most of the novel and they were a great way to give us the background information. I honestly just don't enjoy reading flashbacks very much so they were just kind of there for me. But if flashbacks are your thing, Miss Messenger did them well.

    The plot was the perfect mix of light and heavy. The seriousness of the situation wasn't diminished at all, even with the lighter moments mixed in there. My favorite parts of this novel were actually the lighter moments with Vane. He really was a very pleasant and fun character to follow. I mean, I've never wanted someone to eat a French fry so badly before I read this book. Okay? That's what Vane did. He turned eating a French fry into a moment of anticipation.

    I really did love this book and am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    I wanted to love this book. I really did. the idea is seriously

    I wanted to love this book. I really did. the idea is seriously cool. I loved the whole set up of the sylphs and how the four languages of the wind interacted with each other. It reminded me of a Last Airbender type thing. I plunged into this story excited and highly anticipating the greatness that was in store.

    And I was let down. Hard. I hate writing negative things about stories, but this book is really bad. Really is. Audra spends every second bringing up her dead father. Which I can understand because it's haunting her, but after the 2934809823984 time, it really gets old really fast. She's tearing herself up blaming herself for the past but she didn't do anything. The 'big secret' really isn't a big deal and I found myself thinking 'so what??' so many times...

    And the romance was a huge letdown. Within 5 seconds of meeting her, Vane already 'has a connection.' The entire book is just them 'touching and feeling sparks' but OH NO! They can't be together! But oooooh, they want each other so much. And Vane is convinced that she's THE ONE after three days!!! I found myself groaning and cringing. It's just seriously, poorly written. This book could have been amazing and I wanted it to be so badly. But it wasn't. It's really terrible. Great ideas, really bad execution. It's the definition of cheesy. Bad cheesy. The writing style is so poor it's not worth picking up the second one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Rain

    "Talias grandmother doesn't allow facial piercings that she can see unless its ears, but after high school I'm getting my nose done." She giggled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    *%*$-%%*$"&&!&"$&#

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    Awesome book! This was a breeze to read (pun intended). Lookin

    Awesome book! This was a breeze to read (pun intended). Looking forward to the sequel(s).

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    ALLURING & ROMANTIC

    1. Cover: Just beautiful.

    2. The concept of being a sylph is just really cool and interesting, and I definitely wanted to read more about this. The wind, in general, is such a fascinating element: it can be warm, cold, cool, soft and breezy, or fast and destructive. So being able to control it,seems like the most amazing gift in the world.

    This story is told through a dual narrative, between Vane and Audra. I really enjoyed Vane's point of view-he's funny, sweet, and just an overall kind person. I love his interactions with Audra, and how he tries his best to keep his cool but deep down he has all this perverted thoughts about her. I didn't those thoughts creepy because he was acting the way normal seventeen year olds act around a pretty girl, still, it was hilarious to read about.

    Audra was a little hard to connect with at first because she is so closed off, and I didn't really feel like I was getting to know her that much in the beginning. But once she starts to reveal her secrets, she is actually a great character and I can't wait to learn more about her in the second book.

    This book isn't really action packed, it is more about learning about these characters' past and why they are they way that they are. It's more of a world building than anything else (don't worry, it's really interesting)-an introduction to what sylphs are and their different "tribes" so to speak-, so I can't wait to see some action in the next few books!

    I also wished that the story wasn't so primarily focused on Audra and Vane, since some of the secondary characters (Vane's parents/friends/) seemed really cool and they always added something to the chapters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Nobody cares team..

    Really. I just need to know if this is good...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    It was such a great book vane was pretty funny and i liked how they didn't force the love upon themselves overall this was a really great book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Sucked

    Couldn't get passed the second chapter. I had to try to keep reading. Boring.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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