Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison

Title: Taken by Storm
Author: Angela Morrison
Publisher: Razorbill
Reading Level: Young Adult, 14+
Publication Date: March 5th, 2009
Pages: 291
My Edition:
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Rating: D
Plot - 14/20
Characters - 10/20
Writing - 13/20
Originality - 16/20
Entertainment - 5/10
Recommendation - 5/10
Total: 63/100

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.

I've heard good things about this book. But I, honestly, disliked it by a lot. Sure, the writing style was interesting and original. But the writing itself needed help. Leesie's poems were dull and uneventful, the dive logs were interesting, not quite as expected though, and the IM's were the best, in my opinion.

Morrison was repetitive, ordinary, and the writing was not as good as expected for a young adult novel, truthfully. Morrison's characters were very different, yes, but they were also superficial and boring. Michael was a terrible character. He was monotonous and rude. Michael overall was a character that should never be put on paper. Leesie was boring and unoriginal, blasé. I couldn't relate to them at all. When I was in Michael's mind I felt like he was insane, and when I was in Leesie's mind I just didn't care because she was so unimpressive and usual.

The beginning was confusing, I had no idea what was going on and it took a bit to figure it out. The relationship was a adventure, one of those on and off again celebrity romances. The middle was longer then it should've been and the story went on longer then it should and the ending was too quick and prosaic. I really was not impressed with this novel at all.


  1. Sorry you didn't like it. It's too bad, because it has such a pretty cover. xP

  2. It does have a pretty cover! I would use italics on the word "does" but I don't know how to do that exactly . . .

    Anyways, I like your review!

  3. Hmmm- I had been wondering about this one. Thanks for the review!

  4. Haha, just as Twilight they say. If anything is just like Twilight, it's a no no for me.

  5. Thanks for the review... I wasn't sure about this book... I probably won't buy it now, but get it from the library instead.

  6. I feel the same way you do about this book. I was so excited to read it and it looked so promising, but was a real disappointment.

  7. The cover is awesome and I was so eager to read it. Now I'm about 1/4 way through it and I disliked it. I agree with what you say except I don't like the writing style. The "i" is so annoying.


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