18 September 2015

Review: Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pages: 381
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 7/10

Summary (Goodreads. Da real MVP):

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?

My Thoughts:
Wow, holy wow. This sequel was an absolute treat! We get a lot of development of the characters, mystery, new but connecting plot lines, and a lot of questioning the motives of certain characters. I can’t say much about this aspect without giving away vital information, but it definitely had me questioning. The new aspects to the world and the powers that Vane and Audra have and are forced to use makes this story even more intricate and unique.

Vane is progressing with his newfound powers at a remarkably believable pace. Rather than automatically becoming accustomed to his new life and new identity, his getting used to his powers is something he continuously works on and struggling with, and I actually enjoyed that about it. It is clear Vane is still new to this life, especially as he tries to protect his adoptive parents. His identity crisis over who he is and what he is supposed to accomplish was quite realistic, and his wavering confidence was expected of someone in his position. Not that I’d know, but you know what I mean.

As for Audra, her adventure, while distinct from Vane, reveals a lot and adds more complexity to the action and world. We find out more about her past and her powers, and just how kick ass she really is. It is quite clear how much Audra and Vane care about each other, and the ending was absolutely heartbreaking! So many things were added to this book that complicated eVERYTHING, and now

Final Thoughts:
Let the Storm Break was a solid sequel to Let The Sky Fall, and I know I need to reread it before the release of Let the Wind Rise!

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