Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sarah's Review on Sea

Author: Heidi R. Kling
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: Bought
Extras: Trailer
Buy at: Amazon

Still haunted by nightmares of her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father's relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post-traumatic stress disorder-something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother's plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn't do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.

But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn't think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

A compelling summer romance, Sea marks the arrival of a stunning new voice in YA.


Rating – 4/5 stars

Judge the Cover – It’s simple and stunning at the same time. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Selecting – Bought the book after reading the summary. I knew this was going to be great story to read for summer. And yes, it’s still summer in Florida.

Review – This book was such an inspirational read for me. A book I will treasure forever. This story takes place around the aftermath of Indonesian tsunami in 2004.

Sienna’s parents are relief workers that travel a lot across the world. Unfortunately, there was plane crash and Sienna’s mom never comes back. Sienna was twelve at the time. Now she is fifteen, and she is still dealing with the grief and loss of her mother. She has nightmares about the plane crash, and is afraid to go into the ocean.

So, when her dad offers a two week trip to help some Indonesian orphan children after tsunami disaster, Sienna doesn’t want to go at first. But eventually she changes her, and decides to go, even though she is terrified.

When they arrive, Sienna sees how the children live, and adjusting to their customs. She begins to feel happy that she is there to help. The children are like her in some ways, having nightmares, and some are feeling lonely. Sienna becomes closer to them, especially a young girl named Ellie.

Her father, being a psychiatrist, wants to pair up the older kids with the younger ones to help out with their loss. He wants Sienna to talk to the boy that seems to lead the children, named Deni. Deni and she became closer, discussing their loss and their nightmares. Sienna has found someone she can talk about her feelings and know Deni has been through the same things.

When Deni hears news that someone is looking for him, he thinks it’s his father, and he’s glad to leave the orphanage. Sienna has some doubts, because she also believed her mother was alive, but Deni acts so hopeful, so she decides to help him. The ending was pleasant, and unforgettable.

Such a wonderful book, it was great to read this without anything paranormal popping up. A book set in real life, with real life events, and real emotions. This book can’t possibly disappoint anyone. Even though it is set towards young adult readers, I would suggest this book to many adults, and children might enjoy it to.

Favorite Character – Deni, who was a friend to everyone in the orphanage. He appeared to be a trouble maker, but he was really trying to help the kids. He asked the owner for many things that would help the kids and the owner didn’t like it. Even though he appeared to be okay, he also had some nightmares about the tsunami and had to deal with loss. But he was strong for the others, keeping his feelings at bay.

Least Favorite Character – None.

Favorite Scene – In the story, Sienna asks why the cook was serving with her right hand and her left hand was kept behind her back. You find out what they actually use their left hand for, and I love how Sienna reacted to the information.

Author’s NEWS – Heidi just got signed for a ten book deal! Click ( New Book Deal ) to find out more info.

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