Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger
Book Two oft he Sky Fall series
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called “charged and romantic.”
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?
What I Liked:
***As with all sequel novels I review, expect spoilers from book one, whether there are actually spoilers from book one or not. You are warned.***
I binge-read book one and book two back-to-back, in two days. It's AWESOME, because I wasn't as likely to forget information from book one (which always happens when waiting between books, for the next book). But the flip side is that events from book one and book two kind of run together. It's like reading one long book over two days. I can't imagine what will happen when I go to read book three, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.
I don't think this book fell victim to the sequel slump, but it definitely wasn't fulfilling as I had hoped it would be. I'm hoping I pinpoint exactly why I feel that way, by the end of the review, because I'm not entirely sure what more I wanted from this book, I'll get there in the next section though.
Vane and Audra survived the showdown in book one, and they are bonded (much to the remorse of the entire Windwalker kingdom and a certain heir). But there are bigger problems than that. Raiden will be back, and this time, with a terrifying new set of power. With Audra still away, and Vane not sleeping, and the threat of Raiden looming, things are not looking up for the Gales.
As with book one, I really liked the split dual perspectives. And also as with book one, I liked Vane's voice more than Audra's. Vane is just so much more interesting than Audra - and he is NOT full of BS (like I think Audra is). Vane has a very unique personality, and I like it. Audra... she's full of s*** sometimes, which makes me mad. She wallows in excuses. I'll tackle that later.
A step up (and yet, a step back) from book one was the action. At times in this book, there was a TON of action. At other times, there was not. For example, the first part (half?) of this book was sort of slow. Things were happening, like with Arella and Vane's sleeplessness and his duties as king, but then things weren't really happening. Audra left and was trying to piece herself back together (or whatever), and her plot (when she was apart from Vane) was very boring. Boo.
But then things did happen. There were two sort of climaxes, both involving battle-ish scenes. That was exciting (mostly). I liked that this book became more involved in the grand scheme of things, which is what a second novel in a trilogy should do. Props to Messenger on that one.
The romance is still relatively uncomplicated. If you read book one, then you know that Vane and Audra are bonded, but that the Windwalkers totally wanted Vane to marry Solana, the daughter of the former king of the Windwalkers. Vane is totally in love with Audra, and Audra loves Vane, so that's that. Solana doesn't love Vane, but you can't help but feel bad for the girl that always knew (and was forced to accept) her fate.
The ending is pretty... killer, in my opinion (absolutely no pun intended, don't take that phrase the wrong way). It's definitely some sort of cliffhanger, and I don't really like cliffhangers in sequels of trilogies. But it's okay, I'll wait another year... sigh. The author would NEVER do something so extreme - but of course, Veronica Roth did, so why not?
What I Did Not Like:
As I mentioned before, like in the first book, I wasn't Audra's biggest fan. Don't get me wrong, I hope that she and Vane get their happy ending and ride off into the sunset and blah blah blah. Vane loves her, and for that reason, I like the pair of them together. But her as a person? Her personality? Her being? Eh. Not a fan. She wallows in self-pity, in my opinion. She wants to seem tough, but she's not really all that tough.
Also, she seemed to be gone for like, half the book. Maybe not half. But a significant percentage of the book. And all she was doing was having a pity party, and then ran into the wrong crowd, and then things started happening, and so on. But like, I don't cut her any slack. She's a bit wimpy, and she seems to like excuses, and then she gets weird and jealous any time Solana is even remotely related to anything involving Vane. Like STOP.
And I'm a bit confused on the logistics of the Living Storms... but I'm just going to go with it and pretend like I know how they're made. I understand who they were, their purpose, and the power, but I don't really understand how Raiden made them into what they are.
Somehow, this novel just didn't seem as satisfying as I'd hoped. I liked book one, and I wanted to be blown away (hehe, wind pun) by book two. Book two wasn't better than book one by any means, but it wasn't totally worse of anything.
Would I Recommend It:
If you read and enjoyed book one, then it's worth it to read this book. The way I look at it, with this particular series, is that if you read and enjoyed book one, you might as well read book two, because I have a feeling that book three will kick some butt. Hopefully. I could be so wrong though. If you have not read book one, then don't worry too much about reading book two. Read the entire series when it comes out, maybe. Or not at all.
3 stars. I was hoping for more, but didn't get more. However, I am really curious to see how it all ends!
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Nice, informative review! I haven't read either of these...and I'll probably hold off at this point. I'm fine with conflicted characters trying to work through problems, but for goodness' sake, don't wallow. Just because you're unhappy/confused, don't exchange useful/productive behavior for whining and aimlessly strolling about.ReplyDelete
Yeah, if Audra's gone anywhere close to that, she and I may not get along. Still, I'm glad to hear Vane stayed a good narrator. :)
Thank you so much! Honestly, that is probably the best idea. Audra is not my favorite character, and her personality is not one that I like. BUT, Vane sort of makes up for Audra's not-so-great personality. I like Vane a lot.Delete
Aww sorry that this one wasn't as great as the first book. I don't think I'll be reading this anytime soon, because it sounds like some of the world-building and logistics aren't completely nailed down yet. Also, I hate when books are really slow in the beginning but then somehow pick up in the second. It's a great payoff when you get to an ending, but it's still annoying to have to sort of drag yourself through the first half to get to the rewarding part. Sorry to hear that Audra's character isn't getting any better, either. Fantastic review, Alyssa!ReplyDelete
I know how you feel about pacing! So I feel like that would work against this book, for you. I definitely did a bit of dragging in this book, which was unfortunate. And ugh, Audra. I almost don't like her. Almost.Delete
Great review sweetie :D But aw, I'm sorry you didn't fully love this book. <3 I very much enjoyed it. But yesss. That ending! IT IS EVIL. Pure evil. I need to know what happens next :) Thank you for sharing. <3ReplyDelete
Thank you, Carina! I'm glad you really enjoyed this one! But yes, the ending just made me want MORE. Hope you and I both enjoy the third book. You're very welcome!Delete
Well. That is a letdown from the review of the first book. Not your review, it was great, but the contents of your review regarding the book. Now that that is out of the way... A 3 star rating is in no way bad, but I always have this ridiculous hope for a second book to be even better than the first. When it isn't it is a bit of a letdown. But with this sequel, at least it didn't go from great to blahh... Thank you for your review!ReplyDelete
Right, right, I know what you mean. 3 stars is still good-ish, and I'll definitely be looking out for the third book. I always HOPE that the sequel will be AMAZING - but it's usually not the case. Hopefully, the third book is fabulous! You're very welcome, Jaime!Delete
What a bummer! I enjoyed the first book, but I was hoping this one would be a little bit better. I still want to read it but it's no longer a priority read for me...ReplyDelete
Right, right, that's how I look at the series. When you have time!Delete
Great review, Alyssa! I loved book 1 but I still haven't read book 2, I had to read some review books first, so hopefully I'll get to it soon. I'll be warned about the slow pace though!ReplyDelete
Hopefully you enjoy it more than I did! I mean, I liked it, but it wasn't super amazing. Glad to hear you loved book one though!Delete