Monday, July 29, 2013

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Title: Waiting for the Storm
Author: Marie Landry
Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: Apr 9/2012
Adquired: Ebook provided by author
Goodreads: ADD
Purchase: Amazon

Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved 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?


Move over Sarah Dessen, there's a new contemporary author that could take your place as a favourite! AND..she's Canadian! Definitely a plus in my books. Waiting for the Storm took me by surprise, in the way it demanded emotion, and didn't let you go until the very end. I had forgotten how much I missed reading Contemporary, this book reopened that door's genre for me.

Okay, let's get the fangirling out of the way first and foremost: Waiting for the Storm takes ONTARIO!! I can't even begin to tell you how enormously happy that made my heart. I just kept sighing with happiness every time the word "Toronto" showed up on the page. I love that, right from the start, I had a reason to connect myself with this book. Mind you, I enjoy reading books that take place in countries/towns that are foreign to me, but just knowing that the character's you're slowing falling in love with are living and breathing in your hometown, well, that's just a feeling I can't describe with words. So, YAAY Marie Landry! Thank you for making this Torontonian happy!

Now, on the actual plot. Charlotte has recently lost her mother, the book opens to a funeral scene, and you're immediately placed in a somber mood. The tone was on point, and I was surprised with how quickly I sided with the main character. Thank GOD, I have not been in her position, but I understood, and felt her pain, all the same. Her support system has failed her, and she's left with constant memories of the last moments with her mother. The setting moves to Angel Island, where Charlotte, her insufferable sister Ella, and their father, decide to stay for the summer. Very soon after, Ezra (aheeem, I wonder if this name was influenced by another..very well know Ezra? *wink*), her very good-looking neighbour, takes a step into her life, and eventually, a huge step into her heart. Opening up to this stranger is everything Charlotte thought she didn't need, but the more time they spend together, the more she realizes that there are other people who mirror her pain, and if given the chance, can begin to heal each other from the inside out.

I felt immensely close to Charlotte's character, and not just because of her circumstances, but also because Marie threw in some SERIOUSLY relatable qualities. Charlotte was an avid reader, and..wait for it..a lover of blogs online!! It was such a neat, and appreciated, hobby. I know that Marie began her writing career as a blogger herself, so that was even more added warmth for my heart *happy sigh*. The other characters in Waiting for the Storm were distinctly well-written. Ella, Charlotte's sister, was easy to hate, but there was always that underlying understanding, and by the end of the book, I was pretty much in tears. Charlotte's father was slightly eccentric, and you couldn't help wanting to jump into the book and hug him-you felt the loss of his wife in every single one of his movements, and every word of his dialogue.

I loved the small town setting, I'm a sucker for those, and am always excited when the main character finds out the little quirks, and excitements, that occur within. In Waiting for the Storm, the library was that found treasure. Small town libraries have the biggest hearts, and I was glad to see that the one on Angel Island was no different. Waiting for the Storm was, by no means, a fast-paced read, it was one that you needed to take your time with. There were no insane revelations, or hardcore twists at the end of each chapter, but every scene was one to be taken in and worked through. The emotion it exuded took up every space my head, and even though the book started with a tragic moment, the rest of it will have you feeling tranquil, open, and relaxed enough to feel everything it's characters were feeling.

This was my first book by Miss Landry, and I can't wait to see, and feel, the rest of her work!

Recommended for Fans of: YA Contemporary, Sarah Dessen


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. For more on Marie and her books, please visit or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (

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Thank-you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this tour, and to the author for sending me an ecopy of the book to review!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for being part of the tour, Reeka. I'm so glad the setting made you happy! So many Canadian authors don't set their books here, but I get really excited when I read about familiar/nearby places, which is why all my books are set here in Ontario. I'm so glad you connected with Charlotte and enjoyed the book. Thank you for the really lovely review! :-)


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