Thursday, 18 December 2014

Early Review: Take Them By Storm [Angel Island #3] by Marie Landry

Title: Take them By Storm
Author: Marie Landry
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Genre: New Adult
Series: Angel Island #3
Source: Received from author
Publication Date: 6th January 2015

Tell Me About It
This book is a standalone companion novel to Waiting for the Storm and After the Storm.

Sadie Fitzgerald has always been different, and not just because she makes her own clothes and would rather stay home watching Doctor Who than party with kids her age. When it’s time to leave Angel Island for college, Sadie is eager to put her old life behind her. Small-minded people and rumors have plagued her for years, but with the love of her adoptive family, the O’Dells, Sadie has learned to embrace who she is. Now she’s not afraid to admit the rumors about her are true: she’s gay.

For the first time in her life, Sadie feels free to be herself. She dives into college life and begins volunteering at the local LGBT center, where she discovers her small-town upbringing left holes in her education about life outside Angel Island.

The world is a bigger and more accepting place than Sadie ever imagined. She’s finally found where she belongs, but with the reappearance of someone from her past, an unexpected new friendship, and a chance at love, Sadie soon realizes she still has a lot to learn about life, friendship, and love.

My Thoughts
Sadie is a character I have been really looking forward to getting to know better since I first met her and I could not wait to learn more about her, but I also started Take Them By Storm with some hesitation. Every book I have read by Marie has made me cry, and before the first chapter of Take Them By Storm had been read I was crying, which really set the theme for the net few chapters of the book.

Moving away from family and friends is hard, but for Sadie her new family has only just come into her life, and now she is off to college with her best friend River, and leaving the others to attend a different college. For once she is really going to miss her friends, her family, and her new life on Angel Island. But starting a new life, away from Angel Island is Sadie's dream. She can be who she wants to be, and finally get away from the bullying, the name calling, and the general gossip about her. Sadie's first few days in college are eventful, but also calming for her, but soon enough her dream becomes a nightmare when Carmen makes a return.

Initially I was very wary of Carmen, I did not believe that she had changed for the better, and I thought she was up to something. But the more time Sadie spends with her we do start to see a new Carmen and soon enough she starts a relationship with Sadie, however the cracks soon begin to show.

Take Them By Storm is more than just about Sadie though. It's about her friends and their new life away from home together. It shows us how bullying and prejudice can really affect others, and that there are people to talk to, places to go where you can be safe, and where someone listens and understands what you are going through. It's places like this that Sadie wants to help, to volunteer her time, and also to eventually work. The path for Sadie to reach this dream isn't easy, and with the appearance of Carmen, Sadie soon finds it's hard to juggle two worlds, and her innocent lies quickly lead to a break down in her solid friendships. However, even throughout this whole experience, the new life, the jobs, the lies, Sadie's friends are supportive of everything she does, even if they don't particularly like it themselves, and to me this is a real friendship, a real support system that is there no matter what option is chosen.

Take Them By Storm is another fantastic installment to this series, and I read it in a sitting of a few hours. I love Sadie's personality, her dress sense, and her individualism. I have loved getting to see in her mind and seeing how it ticks, I have laughed and cried over her adventures, and have been so excited for her future opportunities. She has gone through so much but has come out a fighter.

Once again Marie has written a book that draws you in, makes you feel like you belong, but has dealt with sexuality and discrimination in a tasteful yet informative way. My only disappointment is that I have no idea what is coming next from Marie, are we getting more from Angel Island, or is she busy writing a new world for us to fall into. I need to know.

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