Waiting for the Storm Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

July 29, 2013 book review, giveaway 10

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the WAITING FOR THE STORM blog tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. This was a fantastic book that I just know you’re all going to love. The author, Marie Landry, is holding a sale for the ebook during the tour, only $0.99! Also, each blog on the tour is holding their own ebook giveaway of the book. Make sure you guys enter it, it’s super good 🙂

Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Release Date: April 9, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…

Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?

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 family, Charlotte meets the one boy who may just understand everything she’s going through. They may even be two peas in a pod.

I knew from the moment I read the summary that I was going to love this book. First of all, the cover is gorgeous and after reading the story, it’s PERFECT. It depicts one of the pivotal scenes in the novel to a “t.” I loved, loved Charlotte. She is the backbone of the family, the girl who is willing to give up her senior year of high school and her friends to take care of her ailing mother while her dad works overtime and her younger sister goes off the deep end trying to become popular. She remains so strong for that family, it’s sort of really heartbreaking. She needs someone to take care of her for once. She’s so extremely selfless and I loved that about her. She only broke down by herself and as saddening as it was, it made me appreciate her character even more.

Oh my, the boy next door. What is there not to love about the boy next door. I fell in love with Ezra the minute he stepped onto the scene. He’s exactly everything that a girl loves about a boy: charming, funny, sensitive, and always putting Charlotte first. Every time he sheepishly grinned or a smile played on the corner of his lips, I melted into a puddle. I can’t even tell you how many times I had this huge goofy grin on my face when he started talking. He may have some secrets of his own but once they are revealed, they make you love him even more. He and Charlotte really are two peas in a pod and I’m sort of jealous of their relationship. I want one like that!

I smiled, I cried, I felt grief, I felt happiness, I felt everything in between. This book, ladies and gentleman, is a wonderful YA contemporary that you are going to stay up all night reading. The heartache and pain will make you cry and appreciate your family just a little bit more. The budding relationship between Charlotte and Ezra will make you root for them to heal each other and make things even more perfect than they already are between them. You truly feel a deep connection between them. You’ll also be rooting for Charlotte’s family to learn to cope with their missing family member. I loved this book and can easily see myself reading this again in the future!

I received an ebook copy as part of the tour in exchange for an honest review.

5 Thought Clouds!

About the Author

Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories: October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit: November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA: April 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews.
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The Giveaway

One (1) winner will receive an ebook copy of WAITING FOR THE STORM in their choice of format.

The winner’s name and email will be given to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for prize distribution. The winner should expect their ebook copy the week of August 26th.
Available formats: ePub, mobi, pdf
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!

Ends: August 18 at midnight

NOTICE: The winner will receive an email from me and must respond within 48 hours with the ebook format of their choice. I will then forward this information on to XBT.

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10 Responses to “Waiting for the Storm Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway”

    • Christine P

      Oh, I cried…a lot. Sometimes it was so sad it made my cry but there was definitely happy tears in there, too. But I would say 95% of the book is all happy 🙂

  1. Giselle

    Boy next door types are so much fun to read about – although I love a good bad boy now and then lol. I do think I would like Ezra, though, and this book sounds like one I would need to mentally prepare for the emotional turmoil! Great review, Christine!

    • Christine P

      Ezra would be the perfect boyfriend, really. I do love bad boys here and there, too 🙂 But this book was all around good-hearted. It was super sad sometimes but the majority of it caused warm and fuzzy feelings! Thanks for hosting this book, Giselle, and letting me be a part of the tour!

    • Christine P

      It really was very good! Just the right happy to sad ratio. And the healing part of Charlotte and her family just warmed my heart. I would definitely recommend it!

  2. SweetMarie83

    Thank you so much for being part of the tour, and for the incredible review, Christine! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the book. 🙂

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