Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall Series #1)

Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall Series #1)

by Shannon Messenger


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442450424
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Sky Fall Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 69,812
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.12(h) x 1.14(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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 film production, but she realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com.

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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 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.

  • What People are Saying About This

    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

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    Let the Sky Fall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    If you read Keeper of the Lost Cities, you'll see that Vane is basically Keefe. Im not kiding, they share a funny personality
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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! 
    ValiaLind-Author More than 1 year ago
     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
    yabookslove More than 1 year ago
    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. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anyone a Keeper of the Lost Cities fan? Are any of the Keeper fans on team Keefe? Please Shannon Messenger, write another series like KotLC. Pleeeeeeeeaaaaaasssssse
    Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
    Vane has no memory of his life before his parents were killed in a tornado. Audra has spent her entire life guarding him, but always from a distance. But when the winds of change come into their lives, can Audra train Vane to meet his destiny? I really enjoyed this YA fantasy novel with a strong romance. The characters were great, and it was easy to pull for them. And the plot moved along well, leading to a climax that kept me turning pages.
    TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
    Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger is a unique story involving mythology characters that control the weather. Vane lost his parents in a tornado when he was younger, while he was saved by a mysterious girl that haunts his dreams. Now she's interfering in his social life, but he isn't sure what's going on. She, Audra, shows herself to Vane and he's relieved that she is real. At the same time, he's confused about what she's telling him he is and what they have to do. Audra blames herself for the death of Vane's parents and her own father. Audra and Vane have to conquer the Stormwalkers and they have a limited amount of time to prepare. Their relationship goes for a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, but they learn to trust each other and build strength together. I give Let the Sky Fall 4 stars, for the first in a series that brings romance, action and fantasy together for a clean read!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Ii cant wait to read LODESTAR
    Lisareads18 More than 1 year ago
    Great I loved it. This a superb start to a new series, yay.
    JK1515 More than 1 year ago
    This book surprised me! I loved it! There was a complexity to the story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were well developed and I liked how they all connected. The supernatural aspect was unique and very intriguing. If you like young adult paranormal romance, this is a must read. Really looking forward to the next book in the series! Five glittery stars for Shannon Messenger's Let the Sky Fall!
    mollieme More than 1 year ago
    Shannon Messenger has a good imagination. This is the second series I have read of hers. Both are written for teens, but I liked them too.
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    LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
    Ever since this book debuted last year, I have been wanting to find the time to read it! Aside from being attracted to the beautiful cover, I love that our heroine is an air elemental and her power comes from the wind itself. The premise is certainly an intriguing one and I was a goner by the time I read the words 'forbidden romance'. Let the Sky Fall has it all- action, adventure, romance, betrayal- and will leave you mesmerized by the sylph way of life and just what it means to be one of their kind. The book alternates between Vane and Audra's point of views and the two couldn't be more different. As a guardian, Audra has one task: protect Vane Weston at all costs. She is bound by the Gale Force's rules and regulations and she does quite the job of playing the role of the obedient soldier she has been trained to be. She doesn't have the luxury of letting go and being free to do what she wants. Vane, on the other hand, has no idea that he is even in need of protecting. All he wants to do is live his life and be a normal teenage boy who for once doesn't somehow mess up his first kiss with a girl. He has no idea of the dangers that await him, especially if his location is found by a power hungry leader who caused the destruction of his parents so many years ago. After being forced to intervene on Vane's behalf and expose his location, Audra must now fight against the clock, as she only has mere days to awaken Vane to his true nature and train him to rise up and be the one to defeat the leader of the Stormers that killed his family. This is no easy task, especially with Vane being so tied to earthly things. He isn't used to the stringent lifestyle Audra has lived. His character definitely grated on my nerves a bit with his false arrogance and rebellious attitude, but that is what made him that much more believable. He doesn't just jump into his role and become this self-assured, strong hero who is willing to do whatever it takes. It takes an incredible amount of patience on Audra's part, as well as some vulnerability, to make him see how dire the circumstances have become. Vane's feelings for Audra are a big part of his acceptance and willingness to step up and try for the sake of all their lives. Having dreamt about her constantly, he cares for her and doesn't want anything to happen to her. A relationship between the two of them is anything but simple. Audra knows it cannot be and therefore won't let herself be fooled into thinking they ever could, no matter how persistent Vane can be. She does have feelings for him, but her feelings of guilt far outweigh the others, as she is harboring a pretty heavy secret that would destroy Vane if he knew what actually happened all those years ago at the time of his parents' death. I enjoyed watching Vane break down Audra's defenses because they feel a connection to one another that would be wrong to ignore! Overall, this book definitely did not disappoint. It took me a little bit to really immerse myself in this one, but once I did, I could NOT stop reading. Not to mention, I love how easy it reads! There were a few parts that were lengthy in explanations of the how the winds worked, but they were necessary to understanding the world Messenger was creating and just how important each type of wind was. I cannot wait for book two, especially after everything that unfolded at the end of this one!
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    pinkladyroses More than 1 year ago
    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
    jaimearkin More than 1 year ago
    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!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
        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. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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.
    AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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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    Can anyone see this?
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    "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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