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Taken by Storm

(Taken by Storm #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,088 ratings  ·  193 reviews
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

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Razorbill
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Mar 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Leesie is a Mormon. She’s never smoked, never tasted alcohol, doesn’t make out, goes to church, and tries to live her life according to her beliefs.

Michael is a surfer dude. He’s been raised on the ocean, in touch with nature, and has learned to express his deep emotions by having sex.

When Michael’s parents are killed in a freak storm, he comes to live with his grandmother in Washington. He is filled with grief over his parents’ death and hates being uprooted from the only life he’s known. When

This book is proof that you can write a steamy novel full of romantic tension without having your characters ever actually have sex. In fact, the forbidden love aspect notched the romantic tension way up.

The main premise is this: Michael is a wounded hot guy. He was out with his parents and other members of his diving club when a hurricane hit their boat. He is pretty much the sole survivor. He needs somebody to help him through his nightmares and give him a reason to live again. He needs
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
2.5 stars
This book had me addicted..but i really didn't like it.
The writing style was cool. I liked how in the beginning Michael thoughts all had a lowercase 'i' instead of an uppercase 'I' like was used in the end. To me the lowercase signaled vulnerability and the uppercase gave me a sense of new found strength. I loved how for Leesie's thoughts all of it was in chat or poems.How you were never told what was happening to her outright, how it was always told in poetry really spoke to me.
I get
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I learned to SCUBA dive and snorkel when I was young. I've never really been able to get enough diving in, however. I miss the gradual change from cerulean top waters to the Stygian blackness of the depths, the darting fish, the lurkers. I miss the denizens of the deep--even the sharks and jellies and halibut of my Alaskan waters.

I recently plunged into a beautiful series by Angela Morrison, having already enjoyed her book, SING ME TO SLEEP.

TAKEN BY STORM starts off the trilogy. It's about a yo
Sara Grochowski
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I can honestly say that I didn't expect to love Taken by Storm as much as I did, which is why I read it so long after it was released. I had heard mixed reviews and never found time to read it. When I saw that Morrison had a new book, Sing Me to Sleep, scheduled to be released in 2010 that I thought looked interesting, I remembered her 2009 debut. When I was lucky enough to get a chance to read Sing Me to Sleep and ended up really enjoying it, I ran out to get Taken by Storm! It took me forever ...more
Princess Bookie
Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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My Thoughts: I was hesitate to read this one at first, I am not Mormon and than from the bad reviews I've read, I didn't know if I should. I also had seen it a few times on amazon while browsing and told myself I would eventually read it. A couple of buddies told me not to waste my time. But I'm glad I did. We meet Leesie who is Mormon. She has all these rules she has to follow so when she meets Michael, she wants to start breaking them, even though she know
Ashley Nettlebeck
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Book is great. Generally inspiring to better you and want to have a strong future. Also through hard times to forgive and move on. That sometimes it's okay to let your guard down and take healthy risks. This book impacted my way of thinking by making me think more about taking healthy risks and opening up to others and not holding my feelings in. I connected with both characters, as for the girl, Lessie we’re both self conscience and have trouble opening up to others. Also we feel very strongly ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Alright, so I like to consider myself a writer. And I know how vulnerable it can make you feel to have someone critique your stuff. So when I’m writing reviews, I normally will do anything possible to avoid blasting the negatives. I love all kinds of books and I always finish them (no matter what) – and by that time, I end up either loving them, or thinking “okay, won’t be reading that again”. But, oh my goodness….please don’t waste your time on this novel.

First off, the characters “fall in lov
Michelle Sallay
Dec 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Me being Mormon or not, I couldn't get over this completely abusive relationship between Leesie and Michael. I get it, his life is destroyed and all, but the whole time they are together I felt like all he wanted to do was destroy her life with his.

Leesie totally came across as a mind controlled Mormon girl with no idea what she really believes. She seems to go through the motions of her faith that made me (as a Mormon girl myself) want to cringe. She is so caught up with Michael she is willing
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The Taken by Storm trilogy has the potential to be quite a controversial series. This series approaches the subject of inter-faith dating and the "gray" lines that sometimes arise from dating a person not of your faith. This book is written in a very unique way, alternating chapters between Leesie's poem book and Michael's Dive log. It took me a few chapters to get used to it, but it didn't take away from the story line at all. I thi
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was SOOOOOOO disappointed by this book. I loved the way it was written, dive logs, poem, and online chatting,....but the story was such a downer! I think it was supposed to be about healing and love, but it was about destruction, darkness, desperation and giving up what you want most- for what you want at the moment. Instead of someone helping someone who is broken, someone else gets broken herself in the process. Left me sad and wondering why the author didn't resolve and fix fixable things. ...more
Hmmm... this book is very controversial to me. I found it on a LDS youth must read list, and I'm not sure it is a must read, or that I would let my daughter read it. It is kind of steamy and the main female character is not very smart in her decisions, (lets herself get very close to the line too many times). ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
In this story we have a Mormon girl, Leesie, who falls in love with a non Mormon guy, Michael. I like, every now and then, reading christian romance because sometimes, in this kind of books, a greater space is left to the emotional aspects of the love story. But in this case I was not quite comfortable with the religious aspect of the thing in the sense that I didn't appreciate the judgemental mormon perspective towards the "non-believer's" style of life and values, particularly in regard of sex ...more
Taken By Storm was good, but definitely not what I had expected it to be like. However, I did like it, especially how Leesie was able to help herself and her new love.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Sometimes only love can save you.
Leesie Hunt's Unbreakable Rules: No Kissing (at least not of the French variety)...No Sex (hah! Not even close to happening anyway)...No Dating Outside the Mormon Faith (what would be the point?)...ABSOLUTELY No Falling in Love with the Wrong Boy (would ruin everything).
Leesie thinks she has her whole life planned out: get into the school of her dreams, write her poems, meet the perfect guy, and settle down. Then she meets Michael--a boy whose parents were killed
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Title: Taken by Storm

Author: Angela Morrison

Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)

This book defied all of my expectations. After hearing Angela on blog after blog promoting her new book, Sing Me to Sleep, this one began to creep into the edges of my TBR pile. I love romance novels, so the idea of pure teen romance always gets me giddy. I may never have gotten around to actually buying it if the hardcover hadn't found its way into an Ollie's Bargain Outlet shelf for four dollars. Then, I simply had to pi
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

My review for the entire Taken by Storm trilogy: (Don't worry this review doesn't contain spoilers!)

My parents raised me to avoid public conversations, especially with strangers, on two main topics: politics and religion. (Therefore, I am assuming that blogging about one of them probably wasn’t what they had in mind.) However, I am about to go against their advice because today I am going to blog about RELIGION (
Kym McNabney
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing

As I was looking for my twelve-year-old at the library, I walked by the teen section. There, sitting on top of one of the selves was a book that captured my eye, "Taken By Storm". I admit it, I'm a romance fanatic. Love to read a good romance, and not necessarily the mushy kind. Actually that's not really my preference in reading or writing.

I took the book from the metal cradle holding it and flipped it over. Not much there to give me any real hint of what it was
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read quite a few negative reviews on Taken By Storm a while back. I don't remember specifics as to why some people didn't enjoy this novel all I know is that I was a little apprehensive to read it at the time. However, with much praise for Angela's novel Sing Me To Sleep, I decided that I wanted to give other work a read as well.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was nice to have a story of loss and grief told through a male perspective. I liked Michael very much. I felt
Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This book draws you in and doesn’t let go, even though you really want to get out.

Taken by Storm is good in the same way that it is bad. It depends how you look at it. It features Leesie, whose voice we hear through her poems and Michael whose voice we hear through his diving logs.

Leesie is the Mormon ice queen, no-one touches her and no-one wants to go near her, although it is a game for the guys to see who can pinch her the most.

Michael is the troubled orphan, who recently lost his parents and
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
My Thoughts: Okay, that's a tad harsh. This book was in the sale pile so I thought that it couldn't possibly hurt to check it out. After returning to it multiple times I decided to just buy the stupid thing. It was interesting to say the least. To be honest, I probably shouldn't have picked it up because, well, I don't like reading poetry and I like grammar and I'm not Mormon. I'll share why I think this book was both good and bad, which it was.

It was told from two perspectives but no
YA Reads Book Reviews
Leesie is a Mormon. She’s wholesome, pure and innocent and devoted to the teachings of her church. Dating boys outside her church is frowned upon and the guidelines about dating in general are very strict in the Mormon world:

- Thou shalt not be alone with a boy who is not your brother or your father.
- No parking
- No necking
- No tongue kissing
- No groping
- And obviously, no sex unless you’re married.

And these are just some of the acts that are off limits. But Leesie doesn’t mind, not really, beca
Mandy K
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Michael just moved in with his grandma, after being the sole survivor of a devastating hurricane that killed his mom and dad. While his life once revolved around diving and girls, it now depends on little blue pills. That is, until that first encounter with Leesie. He hopes that Leesie can re-awaken his animal instincts, and make him normal again. Leesie is the daughter of a Mormon family, and a pretty religious Mormon herself, which is what gives her the school nickname of The Ice Queen. She kn ...more
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
It's like unwrapping the biggest present when a book surprises you like TAKEN BY STORM did me. I had never read anything by Morrison when I grabbed this one but had heard great things. Even though I became absolutely obsessed by Morrison's writing after the first dive log, honestly, at first I wasn't too sure about reading a book based completely on poems, CHAT conversations, and "observations." In fact, I almost gave the book away because of it. I am so glad I didn't.
It kept me wondering the wh
This novel is unique for a couple of reasons. First, is the format. This book switches POV back and forth from Michael and Leesie. Her POV is either written as her personal poetry or as chat logs or, sometimes, as a combination of the two. Her poetry was pretty good, not awesome, but not bad. I found the chat logs to be a little too kitschy, I would have preferred to read just a first person point of view, but whatever. Michael's story was told through his dive logs, which I guess is fancy talk ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Amber Gibson for

Angela Morrison's TAKEN BY STORM is a romance with heart - a tale of love, not lust.

Leesie is a good Mormon girl, living by her faith and following the rules of her church in all realms of her life. Even though kids at school think of her as a prude and call her the "Ice Queen," Leesie is proud to be Mormon. From the official bathroom graffiti tally, Leesie is deemed by her male classmates to have the best behind in school. However, even the most per
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Original Review - Here!

If we gather poetry’s elegance, spirituality VS emotions where love and redemption fight for healing wounds left by tragedy we get: Leesie and Michael in Taken By Storm. Written on different POVs and three different narrative styles, the story’s narrated by Leesie from her poems and online chats, and Michael from his dive log journal. The story starts giving the reader an idea on how’s life for both main characters previous to their encounter; Leesie lives on faith w
It may seem odd, but for someone who has attended Catholic schools their whole life and been firmly entrenched in church, I really hate overly religious literature. It always comes off as cliched and tripe and not at all what I think of when I think of my faith. I got this feeling while reading Taken By Storm.

No matter how hard I tried, I could not like Taken By Storm. Maybe it was the overly restricted Mormon faith Leesie had. I was flabbergasted when Leesie started talking about the differen
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