From Goodreads: 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 their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
My thoughts: It’s been a rough spring for tornadoes in the Midwest this year already, so when my hold came in for this I had an internal struggle on if I really wanted to read it. However, I’m glad I did – the tornado aspects weren’t as connected as I anticipated and the story was creepy and intense.
The first 100 pages were slow going for me and I can’t put my finger on why. The characters were interesting and I wanted to see what happened next, but I wasn’t flying through the pages like I normally do. That all changed as a romance blossomed – I’m a such a sap! Audra and Vane have a complex relationship full of lies, half-truths, and a long history together. And chemistry – they definitely have chemistry!
The world that Shannon Messenger created is mysterious and mythical and beautiful. Even though I can’t see the wind outside my window, she paints such a powerful picture with her words that I could imagine Audra and Vane harnessing the winds with their powers. I had begun to speculate on one piece of the ending, but that didn’t diminish the speed of my page flipping the slightest.
And, can we just talk about this cover – gorgeous!
I can’t wait for the next book in this series…as in, I would like it in my hands now. Today, not tomorrow and certainly not 2014!