Books by Angela Morrison

SING ME TO SLEEP by Angela Morrison
Released: March 1, 2010

With her Amazonian stature, zit-plastered face and thick glasses, vocalist and lyricist Beth has spent her high-school years in Michigan as "the Beast." When she becomes the soloist for her youth choir, giving them a winning chance at the Choral Olympics in Switzerland, a sudden, implausible makeover transforms her into a "goddess." As the teen comes to terms with her new appearance, this moralistic romance becomes a dragged-out decision between two suitors. Derek, the gorgeous, charming, controlling (although Beth never sees it) soloist from Canada, tries to cover up his lingering cough, avoids explanations of his secretive disappearances and has never known the former Beth. Short, nerdy, sweet Scott, on the other hand, has admired her since preschool and refuses to give up his feelings, no matter how she looks. Complicating Beth's decisions about love and a future life is a discovery about her genetics, selfishly revealed by her mother at an inopportune time for seemingly no reason other than to fuel the plot. The Nicholas Sparks-esque ending is sure to leave like-minded readers reaching for their tissues. (Romance. YA)Read full book review >
TAKEN BY STORM by Angela Morrison
Released: March 5, 2009

In this debut novel, after a belief-stretchingly unexpected hurricane kills high-school senior Michael's parents while on a diving vacation, he's sent to his grandmother's in Washington. There he encounters Leesie, a devout Mormon targeted by every obnoxious boy in her small school, mostly because of her determination, following church rules, to remain "morally clean" until marriage. The narrative alternates between his grief-stricken yet hormone-ravaged point of view, in the form of his "diving log" (an overworked gimmick), and hers, through her poetry and Web chat. His sexual enthusiasm seems implausible given his disabling level of grief. Angst abounds, sex drive periodically besting self-control, as the stock characters, hunky boy and driven girl, seek resolution. Possibly of concern is Michael's use of apparently hyperventilation-like deep breathing—"venting"—to free dive, a technique that may be dangerous for the inexperienced and is sometimes connected with shallow-water blackout and drowning. Teens seeking a dose of religion and romance may enjoy this superficial tale, but a warning to untrained swimmers would be welcome. Many readers may want to just swim by this mundane effort. (Fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >