Review || Take Them By Storm by Marie Landry

Title: Take Them By Storm
Author: Marie Landry
Published: January 6th 2015
Format: eBook
Genre: NA, LGBTQ
Series: Angel Island #3
Find on: Goodreads

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.

This is the third book in the Angel Island series by Marie Landry, but it can be read as a standalone, which is what I did. I haven't read the other books in the series, but after reading this, I really want to read the two first books. In fact I've just bought the firsts book, because I really want to get back to where these characters started, and get to know more about them.
So tomorrow is an ending, but it's also a beginning. A new adventure. And I'm always up for an adventure.
In the beginning I was a little worried that I wouldn't follow the story, but the way it was written made it very easy. Even though this is a third book in a series, it is pretty easy to get into. The few time where I might have been a bit confused about a back story, you would get a small explanation, and then be on your merry way.

I absolutely adored Sadie. She was such a fun character and so quirky - but without it being too much. She seemed very down to earth and easy going, at least most of the time. She is out and proud, which is something I really liked - the fact that it wasn't a coming out story, but more her story of finding out who she is, and what she wants in life. She is very much herself, but she still grows a lot throughout the story, and I loved every step of it.

Sadie volunteers at a local LGBT center, and it was really cool to she how she interacted with the people there. She struck up a friendship with the owner Jo. Their friendship is probably one of my favorite parts in the story. It's not exactly the main focus, but it was one of my favorite parts anyway. Their friendship is just so sweet, and still because it's new, it's also kind of fragile.
Kissing is good. I'm always up for kissing. Just, you know, FYI.
The romance aspect was really nicely done. I didn't feel like it went completely overboard, which made it felt genuine and more realistic. There wasn't really anything over the top about it, which I really liked. I've read a lot of books lately with big epic romances, and I've grown a little tired of it. Where this was still an great romance, it was more down to earth. There were points in the book where I felt like the love part of the plot stood a little too still, but it usually picked up pretty quickly.

The majority of the book's characters were female, which is something you don't see all that often - at least I don't. I though that was pretty great, and all of the characters felt different, so you didn't mix them all up. There are a few male characters here and there, one of them being Sadie's best friend River. The friendship between Sadie and River is absolutely beautiful, and definitely one of my favorite friendships I've ever read. Also River's girlfriend Ella is a part of this friendship, and I would love to have friends like them. As a part of Sadie's new life, we also see how moving away from home has an impact on her friends, who are also trying to make a life for themselves.

We also see Sadie making new friends. As mentioned before, she strikes up a friendship with the owner of the LGBT center. Then there's another freshman names Hannah, who ends up being a study partner and a really great friend. Besides love, friendship is definitely a big theme in this book.

All in all, I though this was a pretty great book, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book about girls being in love, and about finding out who you are and what you want in life.

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