Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison

Sunday, November 29, 2009 |

Title: Taken By Storm
Author: Angela Morrison
Publisher: Razorbill (March 5, 2009)
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult

"Sometimes only love can save you... Seventeen-year-old Leesie Hunt has rules: no making out. No sex. And definitely no falling for a non-Mormon. She pours all of her passion into poetry, thoughts of escaping her tiny town and getting into her dream school, BYU. The Michael Walden arrives in Tekoa and everything changes. He is a free diver, which means he can hold his breath for minutes at a time. This is how he survived the storm that took his parents' lives, and the world as he knew it. Leesie and Michael couldn't be more different: his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above: Yet they are drawn to each other, even when jealousy, unbearable rules, and haunting memories threaten to tear them apart. Every time Michael goes diving, Leesie is afraid he'll never come back up. He is drowning in tragedy and she knows it's up to her to save him. Somehow. But when temptation becomes too strong to resist, who is going to save her?"

Taken by Storm has completely TAKEN ME BY STORM! I was expecting a cliche romance; the whole Romeo and Juliet forbidden love plot, but instead, I was met with a completely heartbreaking story line that totally inspired me.

The plot was exciting and full of romance at the same time. Every time Michael dived into the water, I'd hold my breath to see if he ever came back up. The obstacles that both of them had to go through were tough and deep. They went through so much. It was amazing to see how both characters grew as their relationship progressed.

Michael was one of those guys whom I found captivating in a dark, brooding sort of way. Morrison revealed, piece by piece, the puzzle of Michael's parents' death to Leesie. It was the only reason he was closed and secretive to Leesie. Leesie on the other hand, was mostly open. I thought that she was too religious-oriented, but without that, and without her parents' rules, the book would be kind of bland. The way others treat her at school was really an eye-opener to what really happens at school. She was made fun of, just because she was a Mormon..

Overall, Morrison has completely enthralled me with this novel. Read it. You'll love it.

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*I borrowed this copy from my sister who got it from Angela, thanks for sending a review copy!


Book Crazy Jenn said...

OHH this looks like such a good book - I hae seen it at the book store but not bought it yet - it looks really good...Great review! :)

KatieDoll said...

Gah, I've heard so many amazing things about this one. I really love the idea of the story, so I'm sure the actual story is amazing. And dark, captivating, brooding boys .. I like those. ;] Haha, awesome review! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. :)

Just Blinded Book Reviews said...

I've seen this one around a lot but I must admit that I hadn't even read the summary, let alone a review, until now. But I should have sooner! It looks really good and your review is so positive!

Great review!

Staysi said...

I've been wanting to read this for a while now. It sounds like a great book and I absolutely LOVE the cover. Great review!! :)

brizmus said...

An inspiring romance - it's been a while since I read one of those.
I'm curious to read this just to see how she was treated at school. High school can be a scary place.

Becky said...

I haven't heard of this book before. I don't really feel comfortable with books that have a religious element to them but it sounds like you really enjoyed it. Great review.

justaiv said...

This sounds really sweet. It's not really something I would normally read, but you made it sound really nice.

The Book Owl said...

Sounds good! Nice review. I'll be sure to pick this up. Love the cover. :)

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

Sounds really good. I've seent this book around a lot, but havent added it to my to-read list. For some reason I always thought it was a historical fiction book??? Glad you liked it!!!

Bianca said...

I have never read any of her books (I know, horrible!) and I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

Karla said...

I want to rea this book so badly. I've heard great hings about it. Great Review. Im happy you liked it.

Jessy said...

I kept seeing this but never had the urge to pick it up. Now I will have to read it since you liked it so much.

The Book Vixen said...

I've had this book on my TBR list for a while. I really like the cover.

loreleimarsh said...

I'm so excited and can't wait to get a copy of this book!

Haley said...

This book looks so sweet. I love the cover, too!

Amanda said...

This book looks so... powerful. The religious aspect and the sea and heaven metaphors. I can't wait to read this.

inthehammockblog said...

This book looks so good! Sounds pretty deep!

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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