Very cute and sweet. An interesting series premise (something magical going on!) that I'm sure we'll hear more about in future books. A good3.5 stars
Very cute and sweet. An interesting series premise (something magical going on!) that I'm sure we'll hear more about in future books. A good self contained romance that's relatively drama free and filled with awesome secondary characters....more
In full disclosure, Marie Landry is a Canadian blogger who I consider a friend. But you guys know that I am all about YA contemp books, and I don’t saIn full disclosure, Marie Landry is a Canadian blogger who I consider a friend. But you guys know that I am all about YA contemp books, and I don’t say it lightly that her Angel Island series is one of my favourites. So needless to say I was eager for more of these characters, but mostly just excited for another book from Marie.
This book is about Sadie, who we first met in After the Storm. I was really excited to hear her story, especially knowing what a tough time she had growing up. I think Marie did a great job of introducing Sadie to new readers, recapping enough that you can definitely read Take Them By Storm as a standalone, but without making it too repetitive for readers of the series.
I didn’t connect with the romance quite as much as I did for the first two books. It’s hard to talk about why, because it would completely spoil the book, but what I can say is that the romance felt like much more of a side plot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the book has so many other things going for it, but it did stand out to me, mostly because I know how awesome Marie is at writing epically romantic scenes and I wanted more of them!
While there are some sadder parts to this novel, I loved how joyful it was for the most part. I loved seeing Sadie discover even more about herself, owning who she is as a lesbian and as a person. It was so amazing to see her thriving at her college placement and at her design hobby (which led to fun cameos by characters from The Game Changer). I also enjoyed seeing Sadie explore being in love and having a real relationship.
I loved the spirit of the book, and the fact that friendship plays such a huge part in it. There were such fun nods to the couples from the previous two books. I loved seeing how the couples were doing, as well as the five of them being such close friends. Overall, this is such a great book. I know a lot of people are looking for LGBTQ NA, and this is a fabulous example of one. More than that, this is a great book which shares the journey of one brave, awesome girl....more
For some reason I was under the (completely mistaken) impression that this was the last book of the series. I was looking forward to a conclusion, toFor some reason I was under the (completely mistaken) impression that this was the last book of the series. I was looking forward to a conclusion, to see where everything ended up. So, um, needless to say when there was about 10 pages left in the book I was like "well, that sucks". Oh gosh, do I keep reading these books?! I think I'll just read spoiler reviews or something. Gah. Who am I kidding, I'll probably get sucked back in. I've never understood love/hate reading a book or series, but that totally applies here.
Anyway, I did like this one better than books 2 and 3, but that honestly isn't saying much. It was interesting to see where Gideon was coming from, but it didn't really explain or justify his actions or decisions. Basically it just reinforced to me that these two are absolutely bonkers and either really are made for each other, or they should seriously seek individual help and stay far, far away from one another. ...more