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Waiting for the Storm

(Angel Island #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  70 reviews
After the death of her mother, the last thing seventeen-year-old Charlotte O'Dell wants to do is spend the summer on Angel Island with her family. Her younger sister hates her, and her dad is lost in his own little world. It's a recipe for a disastrous summer on the island...until Ezra Rhodes walks into her life.

The boy next door helps Charlotte forget her almost paralyzi
Published April 9th 2013 by Marie Landry (first published April 2nd 2013)
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Molli Moran
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I read an early version of this as a beta reader for Marie, and from that alone, I can say it's her BEST work to date. Everyone prepare for an incredibly poignant, sweet, heart-melting story! Marie knows how to write swoon-worthy boys for sure, and I can't wait to get my hands on the final version of WAITING FOR THE STORM!


Final review:

I was a beta reader for Waiting for the Storm, and even in those early stages, I had a special connection to this book. I created a playlist for it while I rea
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copies
*Copy of the book was received as a part of book tour in exchange for honest opinion*

Before reading Waiting for the Storm, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like it. I do like Romance novels but really can’t stand the cheesy conversations and endless sappy love. But this book really impressed me. It was well-written, realistic, sweet and deep story that did made me cry couple of times. It’s a book about two tourtured souls finding each other and overcoming those fears and stepping out of yo
April 9th, 2013:
I wrote WAITING FOR THE STORM last summer. Little bits and pieces of it had been floating around in my mind, and all of a sudden it came together with perfect clarity, and when I sat down, the words poured out of me. It took me exactly three weeks to write the first draft of this book. It was the easiest - and the hardest - book I'd ever written. It left me emotionally drained, but also satisfied, because I knew it was the best thing I had written yet.

My beloved Grama died a lit
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

Ok, so to be completely honest I was a little skeptical of this book going into it. It sounded like it could be great, but I was worried that it was going to take the cheesy and predictable route that I'm so accustomed to seeing these days. I'm so happy to say that I was completely wrong! This book was perfect.

Charlotte O'Dell is honestly.. a mess. She has been taking care of her terminally ill mother for the last year and since her pass
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waiting for the Storm is a beautiful and emotional read. When we first meet up with Charlotte, she has just finished high school. She should be on top of the world, but instead is grieving for the loss of her mother. The last thing Charlotte wants to do is spend her summer on Angel Island. Her family is falling apart and is attempting to fulfill her mother’s last wish all at the same time. One thing she never saw coming was Ezra. Not only is he the boy next door, but he reminds Charlotte of what ...more
Linda Berry
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I wasn't prepared to love this book as much as I did. Waiting For the Storm was quite the the emotional read for me personally, as what Marie Landry wrote hit home in a powerful way. In the story, we see Charlotte, a recent high school graduate, coping with the death of her mother after she spent the last year of high school caring for her. Not only does Charlotte have to learn to handle her own grief, she tries to keep her family from falling apart. She has an emotionally numb father, as w ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am impressed when authors can make a story so profound and captivating with only just a few chapters. This is the case for Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry. Just when you think this family is being engulfed beyond help with their grief, in walks great people into their life when they arrive at the island. The family is able to pull together as a family and get through some rough times together. I loved this book from start to finish. Charlotte was a great girl not spoiled, whiny, just try ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

Reviewed by: Beryl

It is really hard for me to express how much I love this book. To be creative and also for a change I will list down an A-Z list of adjectives that best describe this book, and beside it, I will be writing a brief explanation of why I think the book is to be described as such.

A-mazing - I guess this is pretty much self-explanatory, very few books could achieve such an amazing content. Since I gave this book a 5-star rating, it seems like it'
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is really hard for me to express how much I love this book. To be creative and also for a change I will list down an A-Z list of adjectives that best describe this book, and beside it, I will be writing a brief explanation of why I think the book is to be described as such.

A-mazing - I guess this is pretty much self-explanatory, very few books could achieve such an amazing content. Since I gave this book a 5-star rating, it seems like it's speaking by itself. "Read me, you'll be amazed."

❀ Crystal ✿ -  PEACE ☮ LOVE ♥ BOOKS
*ARC received from Author for Honest Review*

Charlotte has had the year from hell. Her mother was horribly sick and she was left to care for her while her father and sister checked out. Giving up her senior year in high school was a no-brainer and Charlotte has dedicated her every waking moment to making sure her mother’s last moments were the best they could be. Once she passes, Charlotte and her father/sister travel to the island where memories of her mother and her mother’s childhood are all a
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
*eARC provided for blog tour*

When I came across the sign-up for this blog tour, I jumped at the chance and crossed my fingers that I would get selected, and when I perhaps squealed a little bit when I got the email that I was on the tour! I have been following Marie for a while now (though she may not know, and no it is not stalking when they are authors.....I don't think lol), and I have been waiting for this book to come out for various reasons, but a couple of them being that she is so sweet
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
I received an ebook copy as part of the tour in exchange for an honest review.

If you're looking for an awesome summertime contemporary read, this is the book for you! You get to dive into the summer after Charlotte's mom has passed away. Grief ridden and a family that could not be more distant, the O'Dell's venture to a small island that used to be Charlotte's mom's summer vacation home. Not anticipating anything exciting to happen and almost certain that there is no repair for her damaged famil
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it yesterday. It took less than a day to get through and I wanted to read every free chance I had.

I was invested in this story from the very beginning. Charlotte, Ella, and their father suffered a tragic loss and I felt for them. I could only imagine their grief. I wanted them to survive as a family. I wanted them to move on but not forget. I wanted them to stay together as a family.

Truly, this is Charlotte’s story. She was the rock of this fa
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

Where to start..... where to start..... This story. This story has everything a good story needs: a love that goes deeper than the surface, backstories that touch your heart, and the surprises that draw you closer to the characters to the point where you believe they are real. And could I expect any less from Marie?

No, I couldn't. Because she delivered so much more. As always.

Charlotte was a character you couldn't help
Oana D. L.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When someone important to you dies,you know you will never be the same.When you took care of that person until his/hers last breath that is something you'll never forget.The memories remain and life goes on.That's what Charlotte O'Dell learned after one year of taking care of her sick mother.

Charlotte's life changed after she found out her mother was sick.She did everything she could to take care of her,but after one year her mother died.Charlotte and her family decide to fulfill her mother's la
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Have you ever read a book that stayed with you minutes and hours after you finish it? This book is of that caliber. I finished it several hours ago and yet it still sits with me. I think of certain parts of the book and I get emotional all over again.That's the mark of an amazing book.One that can give you so many feelings throughout it. One that can make you smile, laugh and yes, even cry.

Charlotte was a relatable character.It made sense to me that she had lost sight of who she was during the l
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

I…I…I freaking loved this book!! I can’t find the right words to describe it! It’s brilliant! A lot better than I expected!!

I fell in love with Marie’s book immediately after I started it. It has an incredible atmoshpere and just the right amount of drama to keep you reading. It has great characters, sad but oh-so-beautiful story and a fast paced action. In less words, it has everything you need to enjoy a book.

Marie is
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
‘Waiting for the Storm’ is a quiet book; it’s an emotional story about grieving, about love, and about change. The book is the day to day tale of Charlotte and her family the summer right after her mother’s death. Charlotte is dealing with the loss, but she’s very much a changed person from before. When Charlotte meets the boy next door, Ezra, she connects with him automatically.

I loved Charlotte’s narrative voice and her story. Charlotte loves books and she starts blogging for the island’s libr
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Waiting For The Storm is such an emotional read that I found myself crying and laughing all at once. It is a story about loss and new love and new found happiness. Even in the midst of the storm there is happiness to be found. I have never lost a parent but I thought I did when 9/11 happened. My father worked right down by the twin towers and when I could not reach him for days I panicked. It felt like the walls were closing in on me and when I was finally able to get a hold of my father I was s ...more
Jaimie Admans
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, emotional, moving, and unforgettable!

As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover, I knew I had to read this book. When I read the description, I knew I had to read it right now! And I’m so happy to say that it totally lived up to my expectations – in fact, it was even better than I expected! The whole book is beautifully written and tells a story that will stay with me for a very long time.

The story deals with grief and family issues. It’s easy to tell that Marie knows what she’s talking abou
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
As I began this book, it made me want to cry. When you first meet Charlotte, we find her at her mother’s funeral immersed in pain. Not just because she lost her mother but because in a way she has lost everything that went along with being a teenager.

Each of the characters in this book are trying to deal with death, loss and emotions they can’t seem to fully get a handle on. When Charlotte first meets Ezra she is feeling completely and totally lost and alone, unbeknown to her, so is Ezra. Throug
Jess (the cozy reader)
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

It's always a joy to read Marie's novels. I must say that I always need a box of tissue handy. I felt every ounce of pain and loneliness that Charolette felt since her mother's death, and in a way she kind of had to rely on herself emotionally. Ella was frustrating a lot of the time, but in her eyes Charolette was always the the "favorite" of the two daughters. My heart broke for her father. Ezra, what an absolute sweetheart. There could not have been a better man for Charolette. What a great re
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, I didn't expect this book to be as amazing as it was! Charlotte was such a relatable character as well as her situation. The raw emotions she conveyed as well as the rest of her family was excellently written. And I absolutely loved Ezra and Charlotte together! Usually in the beginning I am skeptical of the guy, but with Ezra I automatically loved him! All the characters were relatable and like able, even Ella (towards the end). And I loved finding a character that loves reading, ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this! I liked right away that this wasn't a book I had to think too hard about. The story flowed nicely and the characters continued to develope throughout the entire book. There wasn't much about this book that was shocking or that went against what you'd expect from a typical YA Romance, but for me, that's what made it so great. It wasn't some poorly written, overly dramatic story with an obnoxious main character. It was a well thought out, well developed story that wa ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seriously!! A new favorite read for me! I truly loved charlotte & Ezra's story. Waiting for the storm is so well written it has me wanting to read more. I wished the book never ended! I will be doing a full review on my book blog July 30th please be sure to check it out!! :)

Find the full review here--->
Michelle Dodd
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wowzer!!! I got this as a review copy and it was truly amazing. You feel Charlotte's pain throughout the book and that she has dealt with enough tragedy. Her family has been no help with her dad distraught over her mothers death and her sister being a royal B word, but Charlotte finds hope thanks to Ezra. I love how Ezra and Charlotte were both likable characters. Great job Marie I want to say more but feel like I'll spoil it. Enjoy guys this is well worth it. ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I can't say too many good things about this book. Beautifully written, honest, and heartbreaking, I became fully immersed in Charlotte's life. This story portrays many of the facets of grief, how people deal with it, and the raw emotions that come with losing a loved one. This is a book I will not forget. I highly recommend this book! I received this book for free for my honest review. ...more
Amber Dicks
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was just freaking wow! So unbelievably raw... The pain that radiates off of every character in this book was enough to make my own heart hurt. Charlotte and Ezra were pretty much made for each other. They have an understanding for each others situations and offer the best possible support, even though there is some delay in the communication department. I can't wait to read book two! ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Very emotional for every character. It was interesting to see how everyone deals with loss and hard times differently. Some how they all find the strength and courage to get through it.Full video review on YouTube channel Adventures-IN-Print check it out. ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Landry's best book to date. Emotional, heartfelt, and beautifully written. I loved it and will definitely be reading it again. ...more
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