I'm excited to review two fabulous books today by author Angela Morrison as a part of her virtual book tour.
Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison
These are Young Adult novels full of the raw teenage angst that occurs over love/forbidden love and friendship with a guy that is a part of every adolescent's dreams and fantasies. Leesie is a straight-laced Mormon girl headed for BYU with her life perfectly planned out and then she meets Michael. He's a scuba diver and his parents were both killed in a hurricane during a dive trip. Leesie gets to know Michael and wants to help him heal. Michael uncovers a passion in Leesie that she's uncertain of how to deal with.
The story of Leesie and Michael is emotional, realistic, incredible--you'll feel like you know these two characters as well as your best friends! The romance that grows between them is so realistic--it shows just how easy it is for lines to blur when the kissing starts. I appreciated Morrison's theme of abstinence throughout the book and the reality of how difficult, yet worthwhile the choice is. I think this is a great book for teenagers and parents alike because it's an open window into the real world of teens and how vital it is to make the important choices about your life before you're in the heat of the moment. And yet, it doesn't come across as teaching a lesson--you just get it from getting to know the characters and seeing the results of their actions. Morrison's writing is so vivid and I love Leesie's poems and use of beautiful words. Reading from the point of view of Michael and Leesie in such creative forms--his dive log and her poetry notebook--creates great tension and character exploration that will leave the reader salivating for more.
Angela is also the author of another Young Adult novel, Sing Me To Sleep.
SING ME TO SLEEP has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for YA Fiction!! Visit Goodreads to vote for Angela's book here
Angela graduated from Brigham Young University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Eastern Washington on the wheat farm where TAKEN BY STORM is set. After over a decade abroad in Canada, Switzerland and Singapore, she and her family are happily settled in Mesa, AZ. Angela enjoys speaking to writers and readers of all ages about her craft. She has four children--mostly grown up--and the the most remarkable grandson in the universe.