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Friday, October 2, 2009

Book Review: Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison + Giveaway!

Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 304
From: Author

Summary: Leesie Hunt has many rules: No kissing. No sex. No dating outside the Mormon faith. When Michael Walden—a deep-sea diver who lost his parents in a violent hurricane—arrives in town, Leesie sees someone who needs her. They fall for one another, even though his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above. Will their intense chemistry be too strong to resist? Leesie and Michael must make the hardest choice of their lives: whether to follow their beliefs or their hearts. Readers will be swept away by this tale of forbidden romance told in online chats, Leesie’s chapbook poems, and Michael’s dive log. It’s as steamy as Twilight and just as clean.

My Review: Taken by Storm literally swept me off my feet! I fell in love with Angela's writing and was quickly smitten by their forbidden romance. I enjoyed the character development which gave me a chance to get to know each individual. Michael in my opinion was definitely a complex person, but most of the time I felt bad for him. He lost his parents at sea and was having a hard time dealing with it. He suffered with nightmares and flashbacks and needed an escape, which turned out to be Leesie. But, Leesie a.k.a the Ice Queen, was very frigid at first and had many rules. Now, for Michael, who wasn't religious, had a tough time coming to terms with that. I was intrigued by the cat and mouse relationship between Leesie and Michael. My favorite part of the book was Leesie's poems because it expressed how she was really feeling deep down. If Angela wasn't an author, she could definitely be a poet! The poems were full of powerful words that moved me emotionally. I couldn't put the book down, however the ending made me a little sad, it didn't really turn out the way I wanted it to, but I understand why Angela left it off that way. The great message in the book is that some people come into your life for a reason, they might be passing by or staying forever.
My Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Author's Info:

These days Angela spends her days scribbling. Novels, poetry, even lyrics. Her ultra-romantic, heartbreaking teen novel, TAKEN BY STORM, is available from Razorbill, and her second novel, SING ME TO SLEEP, launches March, 2010. Angela lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband and youngest son. Their two middle kids attend Brigham Young University, and their oldest son married the most wonderful girl in the world and they have most astounding baby in existance.

For more info on Angela, visit her site:



+1 Comment & write your e-mail (If you don't feel comfortable posting it, you can e-mail me at
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-Open to US & Canada Only!
-Deadline: October 16, 2009 (Winner will be announced on October 17, 2009)

Okay, have fun everyone!


Orchid said...

Cool contest! Taken by Storm sounds interesting. Please enter me. :)

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Congratulations you have won an award at my blog. :)

natalierenae said...

+1 Great contest!
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A Life Bound By Books said...

I've been wanting to read this. :o)

Sara said...

I have this book from the library to read right now, but if it is as good as you say, I'm going to want my own copy!

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elnice said...

Please enter me. this book sounds great.
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Addicted Book Reader said...

Awesome, thanks!
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Dannie said...

old follower

Falling Off The Shelf said...

I've been hearing such good reviews about this one! I love the cover too, its beautiful!

I'm an old follower :)


Dannie said...


Sylvia said...

I want this this book!!:) I hope I win!! Thanks:)

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ReggieWrites said...

Awesome review Eleni! I'm glad you loved it! Don't enter me in the contest though...Angela also gave me one to give away soon :-)

Reggie :-)
(Who is being her normal self...not that she IS normal...)

Cherry said...

Re-posted your contest at:

Mishel said...

I've wanted to read this for a while now! I really enjoyed your review. Please enter me for a copy =)

my email: mishtakes AT gmail DOT com
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Thanks so much!

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Raspberry said...

+1 Thanks, by the way, for mentioning the 'clean factor'. rae_sunshine4(at)
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a flight of minds said...

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Great review! Taken by Storm sounds really interesting.
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Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

GREAT contest! I've never read any of her books- thanks so much for featuring this one. I love the cover and premise!

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Zia said...

Great contest and a new author to me. Would love to be entered.

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Leslie said...

+1 here's the email: leslie-lv at hotmail dot com
+3 old follower

this is sounds awesome! even if i dont win a copy totally getting it thanks for the review!

Erica said...

OMG! Please enter me! I'm DYING to read this one lol.
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:) Erica

ccqdesigns said...

Would love to read this book, have been searching down contests to win it.

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cait045 said...

Awesome contest!!!!

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Staysi said...

Great contest!

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austenfan said...

Don't enter me into the contest... I like the sound of this book! Love forbidden romances. LOL. :)

Anna Moore said...

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Mandy said...

+1 Comment & write your e-mail:
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Jenny N. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds good especially the forbidden romance aspect.

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Kayla said...

Sounds cool!

Bingo said...

+1 looks like a good one, please enter me
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Sorry you are sick

Linna said...

I would like to read this book. Please enter me for the draw. :D

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YA Vampire Books said...

Sounds like a good book!

I'm an old follower!


Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Book looks great and I haven't read it so sign me up!

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Good luck to all!

Flip The Page! Book Reviews said...

+1 I love the cover of this book! Please enter me!

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Limerick said...

A fellow Mormon!! How exciting! There's aren't many LDS writers out there. Count me in for this contest!

+3 Old follower
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Thanks for the contest!
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OIKZ & MIKZ said...

+1 oikz_713[at]hotmail[dot]com
+3 previous follower
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Already have it on my library list, waiting for pickup... thnx anyway..

Jess said...

This book sounds amazing. I'm always interested in reading about people stepping outside of their comfort zones.

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xox friends said...

Oh wow, I love the plot of this story! I'd definitely enter :)

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- Justine

Sherrie said...

Hi Elani,
Sounds like a great book! Please put me in your drawing. I have you linked in my sidebar. Have a great day!


Pam said...

It does certainly sound like an interesting read. I'm very intrigued...

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Froggy said...

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Book Whisperer said...

+1 comment and email
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+3 old follower

This is the first I have heard about this book. Sounds great.

Diana Dang said...

New follower!

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katie said...

I would love to be entered. The book sounds amazing!

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The Book Owl said...

Sounds like a good book! Please enter me.

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Kate said...

I have been seeing this one pop up a lot lately, so now I really want to read it.

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Karla said...

i really want to read this but my library doesnt have it soo... i hope i win


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Ashley said...

Ooh, I've been wanting to read this! Please enter me, thanks.

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Lindsay's Photographys said...

I would LOVE to win this!!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D


brizmus said...

Awesome! Enter me!
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N.B. I do have a US address

cfisher1504 said...

+1 Great Contest!!
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holdenj said...

What a great review, it sounds really good! Guess I'll sneak in here at the end, thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Rebecca N. said...

I really want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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The Book Vixen said...

I'm excited to read this! Looks good :D

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Nancye said...

+1 I would LOVE to win this book!! Thanks for the chance!

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Alexa said...

This sounds like a great book! Enter me please.
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